Natural Disaster
Associated Press/Photo by Anjum Naveed

Earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/18, 09:27 am

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least one child and injuring at least 15 others. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake’s center in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Television footage showed people in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fleeing from schools and offices in panic. Izat Nazir Baluch, a local government official, said at least one girl died and eight others sustained injuries when roofs collapsed on mud-brick homes in the village of Lasbela in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

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Associated Press/Photo by James Brooks/Kodiak Daily Mirror

Gulf of Alaska calm after powerful offshore quake

by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/23/18, 11:43 am

Emergency officials in Alaska are praising coastal residents’ calm response to an overnight tsunami warning triggered by a 7.9 magnitude earthquake. The temblor struck just after midnight about 170 miles southeast of Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. Residents in Seward, a popular stop for cruise ships, lined up in the dark to drive along the only road out of town.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Rescue crews turn to recovery efforts in California

by Leigh Jones
Posted 1/15/18, 04:10 pm

Crews in Montecito, Calif., used bulldozers and heavy equipment Monday to clear U.S. 101 of mud and debris still several feet deep nearly a week after flooding and mudslides devastated the picturesque coastal community. Officials hoped to have the highway open by now, but the water didn’t drain from the lowest sections until Sunday.

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