Natural Disaster
Associated Press/Photo by Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee

Wildfire devastates California towns

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/27/18, 11:49 am

An explosive wildfire is wreaking death and destruction on Northern California communities. The so-called Carr Fire has killed a bulldozer operator and a firefighter, burned three more firefighters, destroyed dozens of homes, and forced thousands of terrified residents to flee the towns of Shasta and Keswick, and the more populated city of Redding. The fire is “taking down everything in its path,” California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) spokesman Scott McLean said.

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Associated Press/Photo by Charlie Neibergall

Tornadoes strike central Iowa

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/20/18, 11:06 am

Residents in central Iowa had little to no warning Thursday before tornadoes ripped through the region. The twisters leveled buildings in the cities of Bondurant, Marshalltown, and Pella, injuring at least 17 people. The tornadoes formed suddenly, surprising weather forecasters and residents. Marshalltown’s only hospital was damaged, and patients were transferred to health facilities in Waterloo and Grundy Center. The storm also blew off the cupola of Marshalltown’s historic courthouse.

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Lava explosion injures Hawaii tourists

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/17/18, 11:15 am

A flying blob of molten rock landed on a tour boat in Hawaii on Monday, injuring 23 people. One woman was flown to Honolulu in serious condition with a broken femur, and 22 others were treated at a hospital on the Big Island for minor scrapes and burns. The tour boat ventured to within 250 yards of where a lava flow from the Kilauea volcano enters the ocean. Explosions can occur when the molten rock comes in contact with the cool seawater, sending rocks and lava into the air.

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