Natural Disasters

Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter, U.S. boxer famous in folk song, dies at 76

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TORONTO/NEW YORK - Former U.S. professional boxer Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, who spent 19 years in prison for murder and then was released after it was determined he did not get a fair trial, died on Sunday at the age of 76, according to his friend and caretaker John Artis.

Slow-moving landslide in Wyoming resort town destroys home

- A slow-moving landslide claimed a house in Jackson, Wyoming as crews scrambled to prevent a water main from rupturing and flooding the affluent resort town with two million gallons of water, a city manager said Saturday.

U.S., 20 Apr 2014

Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea

- An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighboring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage.

World, Africa, 19 Apr 2014

Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings

MEXICO CITY - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths.

World, Mexico, 18 Apr 2014

Audit finds U.S. housing aid program in Haiti falls short

PORT-AU-PRINCE - A post-earthquake housing program in Haiti funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has delivered only a quarter of the planned number of homes at nearly twice the budgeted cost, according to a government audit.

World, 16 Apr 2014

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

ORLANDO, Florida - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

Tech, Environment, 15 Apr 2014

Hundreds of earthquakes strike central Idaho, rattling nerves

SALMON, Idaho - Hundreds of low-level and medium-sized earthquakes have struck central Idaho since last month, puzzling geologists who wonder whether the ruptures portend a much larger temblor to come or are merely the rumblings of a seismic fault previously thought to be dormant.

U.S., Environment, 15 Apr 2014

New hurricane forecast maps to show flood risk from storm surge

ORLANDO, Florida - When the Atlantic hurricane season opens June 1, national forecasters will roll out a new feature: color-coded and broadcast-ready maps to graphically show the potential for flooding from storm surges.

Environment, Tech 15 Apr 2014

Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands; tsunami warning cancelled

- A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage.

World, Environment, 12 Apr 2014

Florida bill would allow guns with no permit in natural disasters

TALLAHASSEE, Florida - In a crisis situation or evacuation for natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires, people with no criminal record would be allowed to carry a firearm without a permit, under a bill approved Friday by the Florida House of Representatives.

U.S., 11 Apr 2014