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 property damage, 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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  • Canada's forecast: Ontario, Quebec 'completely stuck in cold', while the west warms up
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    Canada's forecast: Ontario, Quebec 'completely stuck in cold', while the west warms up

    Although Western Canada started seeing snow over a month ago, it looks like Jack Frost is officially moving east to Ontario and Quebec. According to Alan Reppert, senior meteorologist at AccuWeather, the two provinces are expected to see some snowfall Friday night, heading into Saturday. “Slightly warming temperatures looking to move in for Friday ahead of another storm that will move through Friday night to Saturday,” Reppert said.

  • 2-alarm apartment fire damages several units at NW Houston complex
    KHOU 11 Houston

    2-alarm apartment fire damages several units at NW Houston complex

    HOUSTON – A two-alarm apartment damaged six to nine units early Friday morning in northwest Houston. Firefighters responded to multiple calls around 5:30 a.m. at the complex located on DeSoto Street near Oak Bay Drive. When Houston firefighters arrived at the scene, they found heavy flames coming from the third floor of the apartment building. They had to pull back once the fire hit an open common attic area. However, once HFD released that a firewall in the building was containing the flames to a certain area, they were able to concentrate their efforts on that hotspot. Most of the damage come from the units on the third floor, while a few others below suffered water damage. HFD says one resident

  • Costa Del Sol weather WARNING: Spain on alert for HUGE STORMS in Valencia and Barcelona
    Express.co.uk

    Costa Del Sol weather WARNING: Spain on alert for HUGE STORMS in Valencia and Barcelona

    Spain's meteorological agency, Agencia Estatal de Meteorología (AEMET), has warned of persistent storms and flash flooding today. The country has been hit by severe storms since Thursday, with red and yellow weather warnings in place for the east to northeast of Spain. Today red warnings remain in place for Aragon, Teruel, Tarragona and Castello, whilst Mallorca and Valencia have orange alerts. BBC Weather took to Twitter to warn of the severe weather writing: “Further severe storms today between Valencia and Barcelona. “On Saturday it's the Costa Del Sol that will be at greatest risk of widespread storms and flash #flooding.” AEMET warn of strong and persistent precipitations and state that

  • Red Flag Warning: President threatens to cut California's federal fire aid
    Channel 8 San Diego

    Red Flag Warning: President threatens to cut California's federal fire aid

    SAN DIEGO (NEWS 8) – A red flag warning will be in effect from 3 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday for San Diego County mountains and inland valleys as Santa Ana winds make a return to the region – combining low humidity levels and warm temperatures to create the potential for dangerous, wind-driven wildfires. This week, the president of the United States expressed his dissatisfaction with how fire crews across California are keeping people and property safe – threatening to cut billions in federal fire aid. The president's criticism of fire prevention has sparked a heated response from firefighters. “It is very divisive. It is not productive at all, and we are choosing not to focus on that. We are choosing

  • UK weather forecast: Warm weekend and sunshine expected before temperatures plummet
    The Independent

    UK weather forecast: Warm weekend and sunshine expected before temperatures plummet

    The UK is set for a warm weekend of sunshine before gales and heavy rain descend next week, the Met Office has said, with snow likely to fall in the far north of Scotland. People living in southern regions of the UK can look forward to a particularly sunny Saturday, with "fairly warm" temperatures and largely dry conditions. "Temperatures in the southeast are expected to be between 16C and 18C, which is above average for October," a Met Office spokesperson said.

  • Moment 'car-sized' lava bombs plummet towards boat as volcano erupts
    Daily Mail

    Moment 'car-sized' lava bombs plummet towards boat as volcano erupts

    A sightseeing trip almost ended in disaster when huge lava bombs came crashing down around a tourist boat. Thrill seeker Matthew Davison, 34, captured the sudden eruption from the Anak Krakatau volcano near Jakarta, Indonesia, from the boat. Mr Davison, who is from Auckland, New Zealand, said 'car-sized' pieces of molten rock came hurting down the volcano and splashed into the water around him. In the dramatic footage filmed on Tuesday, glowing rocks can be seen flying through the air, surrounded by smoke and people can be heard shouting. After a few seconds the camera zooms out to show a huge plume of black smoke coming from the volcano and going high into the sky.  Mr Davison said: 'It was

  • Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US
    ABC News

    Forecasters unveil weather outlook for upcoming winter across US

    Much of the north and west parts of the country -- especially Alaska and from the Pacific Northwest to the Northern Plains -- are set to see warmer-than-normal conditions, NOAA said. Above-average rainfall is most likely northern Florida and southern Georgia this winter.

  • Drop, Cover, Hold: Million Take Part in Great ShakeOut Drill
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    Drop, Cover, Hold: Million Take Part in Great ShakeOut Drill

    The annual Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill was held Thursday, with people in the Southland and around the globe encouraged to drop, cover and hold to test their level of preparedness for a major temblor. The 10th annual drill took place at 10:18 a.m. At that time, millions of people across California were told to “drop” to the ground, take “cover” under a desk, table or other sturdy surface and “hold on” for 60 seconds, as if a major earthquake were occurring. More than 10 million people in California registered at www.shakeout.org to participate in the drill, including nearly 3.3 million in Los Angeles County and 875,000 in Orange County. “Everyone, everywhere should know how to protect themselves in an earthquake,” said Mark Benthien, Global ShakeOut coordinator at the Southern California Earthquake Center.

  • NPR.org

    Quake Insurance? California Wants People To Say Yes To Coverage

    On Thursday, Californians took part in an annual statewide earthquake preparedness event called The Great Shake Out. The event encouraged people to practice safety drills, check quake supplies and go over emergency plans with family, schools and employers. While many Californians now know the mantra to "drop, cover and hold on," there's growing concern that people and companies are not adequately covered for the days after. Glenn Pomeroy wants to sound the alarm about that lack of coverage. As CEO of California Earthquake Authority, his job is to ensure the state, and the people in it, are financially prepared for a catastrophic quake. It's what happens in the aftermath of a quake that keeps

  • Litter wardens who dish out fines of £5,000 are slammed as 'Robocops'
    Daily Mail

    Litter wardens who dish out fines of £5,000 are slammed as 'Robocops'

    New litter wardens have been slammed for taking their dress code a little too seriously and wearing stab-proof vests while patrolling the streets. The squad members, who are contracted by Essex's Colchester council as part of a £2million scheme, have been blasted for intimidating residents with their 'robo cop-style' uniforms. Dressed all in black, the six-person squad wear stab vests over military-style crew necks and cargo trousers. Now councillors have called on the wardens to 'tone down' their appearance because they're 'scaring' local community members. Councillor Martin Goss said: 'There were a few concerns over their uniform in that they were wearing stab vests and we accepted that so