Natural disasters

A natural disaster is a major adverse event resulting from natural processes of the Earth; examples are floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other geologic processes. A natural disaster can cause loss of life or damage property, and typically leaves some economic damage in its wake, the severity of which depends on the affected population's resilience, or ability to recover and also on the infrastructure available.
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  • 'Rare' freezing rain is set to hit the UK this weekend - but what is it?
    Yahoo News UK

    'Rare' freezing rain is set to hit the UK this weekend - but what is it?

    Parts of the UK are set to get rare freezing rain this weekend - but what is freezing rain and how dangerous is it?

  • Readers demand tougher building codes, less development after column detailing massive historical fires
    Orange County Register

    Readers demand tougher building codes, less development after column detailing massive historical fires

    “We don't want to burn to death.” That sentiment and demands for far more prudent wildland development, better firefighting equipment and tougher building codes ring loud and clear from readers after my column reporting that early half of Southern California burned in the last half-century. But instead of simply flipping to the next digital or print page, dozens of readers jumped online and sent me emails to point out specific problems as well as offer broad solutions. With readers' permission to publish their thoughts, here is an edited sampling: Dave Hubert, Coto de Caza As a retired firefighter, fire captain, training officer and fire defense coordinator for the Orange County Fire Authority,

  • https://www.oneindia.com

    Weather forecast for Dec 18: Cyclone Phethai to trigger heavy rain as it moves toward Odisha

    New Delhi, Dec 17: The Cyclonic Storm Phethai made landfall over Andhra Coast, between Kakinada and Narsapur. Along with this, squally winds to the tune of 70 kmph to 90 kmph have been blowing all along the coast. Heavy to very heavy rains along with few spells of extremely heavy rains can be expected over parts of Andhra Pradesh during the next 12 hours. Here is the weather forecast for Bhubaneswar, Delhi, Hyderabad and Chennai on December 18. Bhubaneswar: As per Skymet Weather, Severe Cyclonic Storm Phethai has been affecting the state of Odisha since the last two days. In fact, during the last 24 hours, light to moderate rains with one or two heavy spells were witnessed over parts of Odisha

  • 2 men die in cold spell in Serbia; schools close in Bosnia
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    2 men die in cold spell in Serbia; schools close in Bosnia

    BELGRADE, SERBIA —  Two men reportedly have frozen to death in Serbia as a cold spell throughout the Balkan region slowed down traffic, disrupted power supplies and closed down schools in some areas. Serbian state TV reported that the body of a 48-year-old man was found in the snow Monday in a northern village after he apparently died overnight. The channel later reported that another man's body was found in the northwestern town of Sid, also a victim of cold weather. He was 61. In central Serbia, several villages have been left without electricity. Authorities warned the citizens to pay attention in the streets and parks to branches breaking off trees because of heavy snow. In Bosnia, schools

  • El Niño forecast to bring more rain, flooding this winter to Houston
    HoustonChronicle.com

    El Niño forecast to bring more rain, flooding this winter to Houston

    Houstonians can expect more rain than usual — and possibly street flooding — this winter, thanks to El Niño. The National Weather Service forecasts an 80 percent chance for a weak to moderate El Niño this winter, starting around Christmas and lasting through February. In Houston, El Niño means a warmer and wetter winter that could have more severe storms and a higher risk of localized flooding. Last week's storm, which brought high winds and street flooding to the region, is indicative of an El Niño storm, said Ken Prochazka, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Houston. “After our wet fall, the ground out there is saturated,” Prochazka said. “When we don't get a chance to dry

  • Watch: Meteor caught on deputy's dash cam
    WSYM

    Watch: Meteor caught on deputy's dash cam

    HOWARD COUNTY, Indiana — A Howard County sheriff's deputy in Indiana caught more than just the road ahead of his cruiser with his dash camera late Wednesday. According to the sheriff's department, Cpl. Christopher Cramer was on patrol on State Road 22 near County Road 600 East when his camera recorded the bright flash of a meteor entering and burning up in Earth's atmosphere. It was caught on camera around 11:44 p.m. Wednesday. Watch the video below:  The meteor is part of the Geminid meteor shower. According to an article by Scientific American , it is expected to be the best meteor shower of the year.

  • In 1811, a great earthquake rocked territorial St. Louis, but nobody knew the epicenter
    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    In 1811, a great earthquake rocked territorial St. Louis, but nobody knew the epicenter

    In 1811, a great earthquake rocked territorial St. Louis, but nobody knew the epicenter

  • 5 things you should know during a Red Flag Warning
    AccuWeather

    5 things you should know during a Red Flag Warning

    Many people live in a high fire area, so knowing what to do and what not to do when conditions are ideal for a wildfire could be live-saving.

  • Columbus Telegram

    Missouri football assistant arrested for missing court date

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  • Astronomers share photos of a bright, green 'Christmas' comet passing Earth
    Country Living

    Astronomers share photos of a bright, green 'Christmas' comet passing Earth

    It was closer than it has been for 70 years

  • Wind warning issued for Metro Vancouver
    GLOBAL NEWS

    Wind warning issued for Metro Vancouver

    Environment Canada issued a wind warning for much of the South Coast of British Columbia on Monday. “The next weather system is rolling in fairly quickly for the afternoon and evening. For Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley — really a lot of the South Coast — the wind will increase later this afternoon,” Global News meteorologist Mark Madryga said Monday. Gail Force winds over the water and over the land will be just close to wind warning criteria, he added — “70 km/h early this evening in Metro Vancouver and they could push 90 km/h in the western Fraser Valley.” The wind warning covers Metro Vancouver, the western half of the Fraser Valley, Greater Victoria, the Sunshine Coast, the Southern

  • Associated Press

    Report rips expensive decisions in California wildfire fight

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a wildfire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, thousands of firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground.

  • Did you hear that sound?
    The Champaign News-Gazette

    Did you hear that sound?

    PAXTON — Was it a meteorite? An earthquake? A jet flying fast and low? The source of Saturday night's loud boom that rattled windows in Paxton and was said to be heard as far as towns 30 miles away remained a mystery a day later, leading to speculation of all sorts at coffee shops and churches Sunday. Paxton Mayor Bill Ingold heard what he said sounded like a sonic boom. But, he was quick to add, "none of our emergency personnel had anything to report, and nobody that I have talked to have any definitive answers. "Several people think it might have been a meteorite that crashed," Ingold said. "Others think it was some kind of creaking noise." Ford County Board member Tom McQuinn heard what he

  • More Northeast snow as West Coast storms form
    Good Morning America

    More Northeast snow as West Coast storms form

    As one storm system delivers heavy snow to coastal Maine this morning, another is brewing off the West Coast. In the East, 3 to 5 inches of rain fell in several regions, prompting water rescues, as more snow in northern New England and Maine is expected throughout today -- up to 8 inches today in some parts. Snowfall in Maine is expected to end by this evening as an arctic air mass settles into the Northeast, producing very cold wind chills on Tuesday morning.