Natural Disaster
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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Associated Press/Photo by Matt Udkow/Santa Barbara County Fire Department

Officials in Montecito, Calif., struggled Friday to pinpoint the exact number of people still missing after Tuesday’s flash flooding and mudslides. “It’s a constantly moving number,” Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told the Los Angeles Times. Late Thursday, officials pegged the number of missing at 43, after earlier in the day saying only eight people remained unaccounted for.

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