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.
The latest on tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lightning and other tragic events.
  • Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees concert cancelled in Oklahoma after storm injures 14
    Reuters

    Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees concert cancelled in Oklahoma after storm injures 14

    "We never want to put our fans in harm's way and with tonight's weather and the injuries from earlier, we have decided to cancel the show and will attempt to reschedule," the Backstreet Boys said on the band's Twitter page. Patrons at the sold-out show held at the WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, nearly 130 miles south of Oklahoma City, were asked to seek shelter at around 5:00 p.m. local time when lightning appeared within four miles of the casino, the resort said in a statement. "At approximately 5:30 p.m., the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70-80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain," resort officials said in a statement.

  • Backstreet Boys Cancel Concert After Several Fans Are Injured In Structure Collapse
    Entertainment Tonight

    Backstreet Boys Cancel Concert After Several Fans Are Injured In Structure Collapse

    The group has since tweeted about the situation.

  • Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Evacuations ordered at Idaho wildfire

    BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Residents along a stretch of a heavily traveled north-south highway in Idaho have been told to evacuate due to a wildfire. Fire officials say private homes, state and federal infrastructure on the west side of U.S. Highway 95 on Friday were being threatened by the Rattlesnake Creek Fire near Pollock. Fire spokesman Al Koss said officials are concerned winds could push the fire off a ridge and into brush and other fuels where it could race toward populated areas. "With winds and that type of fuel the fire could move very quickly," he said. Authorities couldn't immediately provide information on how many people were told to evacuate. The highway remains open but with a speed

  • Carr fire in Redding moved faster than evacuation orders, leaving a deadly toll
    Miami Herald

    Carr fire in Redding moved faster than evacuation orders, leaving a deadly toll

    REDDING, Calif. – The Carr fire swept into the edge of this city without mercy, leveling two neighborhoods on either side of the Sacramento River. On the western side of the river, authorities began issuing warnings door to door in Keswick at least 30 minutes before homes started burning and up to 12 hours early for homes farther south. On the other side, residents in areas such as Land Park and River Ridge were told to leave with no time to spare, if they got any warning at all. It was in this area of Redding where a great-grandmother and two young children died when they simply could not get out of town. The difference in how evacuations were issued – and the deaths that followed – shows the

  • Jury holds Nevada liable for 2017 wildfire that burned homes
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Jury holds Nevada liable for 2017 wildfire that burned homes

    RENO, Nev. (AP) — A jury has found the Nevada Division of Forestry liable for the loss of 23 homes and 17 other buildings in a 2016 wildfire after strong winds re-ignited a prescribed burn. The verdict Friday set the stage for future court proceedings to determine what damages are owed property owners who sued the state, but it was not immediately known whether the state will appeal. "Vindicated, vindicated," plaintiff Debbie Sheltra said after the verdict. "It doesn't replace what we've lost, but we feel a great sense of satisfaction because we were right and we didn't give up." Jurors heard two weeks of testimony by fire officials, investigators, meteorologists and homeowners about the circumstances

  • Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening
    Fox News

    Grand Canyon road closed because of wildfire is reopening

    GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. –  Grand Canyon National Park is reopening a scenic road to a North Rim vista that was closed Aug. 4 because of a lightning-caused wildfire. Park officials said the Cape Royal road would be reopened Saturday evening along with some of the trails that also were closed. Officials say hikers using reopened trails need to be vigilant about fire-weakened or -damaged trees. The two-week closure did not affect most North Rim facilities, including lodging and other services near Bright Angel Point. The fire started July 21, and officials said it had burned 18 sq. miles (47 sq. kilometers) while consuming nearly all of the fuel in the containment area on the Walhalla

  • More strong summer storms expected in Northeast on Saturday
    Good Morning America

    More strong summer storms expected in Northeast on Saturday

    Severe storms brought rain, lightning and damaging winds to the Northeast on Friday evening, with wind gusts up to 65 mph in parts of central and western New Jersey, and reports of over 5 inches of rain falling in Chatham, New York, overnight. A new flash flood watch has been posted for much of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and extreme northeast Maryland due to heavy rain. The storms are expected to produce gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain.

  • More strong summer storms expected in Northeast on Saturday
    ABC News

    More strong summer storms expected in Northeast on Saturday

    Severe storms brought rain, lightning and damaging winds to the Northeast on Friday evening, with wind gusts up to 65 mph in parts of central and western New Jersey, and reports of over 5 inches of rain falling in Chatham, New York, overnight. A new flash flood watch has been posted for much of New Jersey, eastern Pennsylvania, northern Delaware and extreme northeast Maryland due to heavy rain. The storms are expected to produce gusty winds, lightning and heavy rain.

  • Rescue missions underway after monsoons kill 324 in India
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    Rescue missions underway after monsoons kill 324 in India

    NEW DELHI –  Rescuers used helicopters and boats on Friday to evacuate thousands of people stranded on their rooftops following unprecedented flooding in the southern Indian state of Kerala that killed more than 320 people in the past nine days, officials said. With heavy rains stopping after a week, rescuers moved quickly to take those marooned by floods to 1,500 state-run camps. They used more than a dozen helicopters and about 400 boats across the state, relief officials said. The state's top elected official, Pinarayi Vijayan, told reporters that at least 324 people had died and more than 220,000 had taken refuge in the camps. Heavy rains over the past eight days triggered flooding, landslides

  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park assessing damage
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    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park assessing damage

    HONOLULU –  The Latest on the slowing of Kilauea volcano's eruption (all times local): 3 p.m. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is taking advantage of a lull in Kilauea's eruption to assess damage to the park. The Park Service said in a statement Friday a specialized team will thoroughly assess damage from the eruption. The assessment will form the foundation of the park's recovery plan. Superintendent Cindy Orlando says the park is exploring short-term repairs to safely reopen at least part of the park. Two million people visit the Big Island park each year, making it the state's biggest tourist attraction. But the park has been closed since May because of the dangers posed by the eruption. That's

  • Meteor streaks across U.S. Southeast
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    Meteor streaks across U.S. Southeast

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  • Costa Rica earthquake: Damage and power outages after magnitude 6.0 quake hits close to Panama border
    The Independent

    Costa Rica earthquake: Damage and power outages after magnitude 6.0 quake hits close to Panama border

    A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama on Friday evening, knocking out power in places but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage. The US Geological Survey reported that the quake had a magnitude of 6.0 and struck at 5:22pm local time at a depth of about 12 miles. ​Ellery Quesada, a journalist with Channel 9 in Palmar Norte, near the epicentre, told The Associated Press that it was felt strongly in the region.