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.
The latest on tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, lightning and other tragic events.

    Minnesota Senate votes for $10 million disaster response fund

    The Minnesota Senate unanimously endorsed Thursday a $10 million infusion into a disaster response fund as spring flooding begins to hit the state. The amount matches a request from Gov. Tim Walz and a bill moving in the House. The aid would both cover a recent disaster in St. Louis County and give emergency responders a head start on meeting imminent threats. Sen. Mark Johnson, R-East Grand Forks, said there is an urgency to restocking the depleted disaster account. "This is a critical bill for especially this year as we see floodwaters rising in southern Minnesota. I know we're going to be seeing that going forward in northwest Minnesota especially," Johnson said. This year's state Legislature

  • 416 Fire: Wildfire Investigation Taking 'Longer Than Expected'
    CBS Denver

    416 Fire: Wildfire Investigation Taking 'Longer Than Expected'

    DURANGO, Colo. (AP) – Federal officials say an investigation into a wildfire that torched land in southwest Colorado is taking “longer than expected.” The Durango Herald reports that San Juan National Forest spokeswoman Denise Alonzo said Tuesday that the complexity of the 416 Fire investigation, as well as the 35-day government shutdown earlier this year, has delayed Forest Service officials from releasing a final determination. The U.S. Forest Service had previously said a cause would be released in late fall or early winter. The wildfire broke out June 1 and burned about 84 square miles north of Durango, forced thousands of evacuations and caused economic loss to some business and government

  • National Guard stands ready to assist in flood relief efforts
    5 Eyewitness News St. Paul

    National Guard stands ready to assist in flood relief efforts

    "We have already pushed out an alert roster to our soldiers and we've also pushed out a packing list," Windschitl said. "And we're making sure we have vehicles staged and ready to go." Windschitl still has pictures of his family home flooded back in 1997. He said it's one of the reasons he decided to serve. "Oh absolutely," he said. "It was a big part of our community here when the Guard was activated to come down here and help us sandbag." Guard officials said the hot spots they are watching most closely include communities like New Ulm, Montevideo and Moorhead. The Guard has giant vehicles that can go places others can't. It can offer air support for search and rescue operations. And Guard

  • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Missouri governor declares state of emergency amid flooding

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. • Missouri Gov. Mike Parson declared a state of emergency Thursday following flooding that left several people stranded and continues to cause damage and strain levees in several Midwest states. Parson's action will allow state agencies to work directly with local officials responding to flooding. Parson, along with the state's Emergency Management Agency director and other officials, plan to meet with local leaders and survey damage Thursday. "The rising floodwaters are affecting more Missouri communities and farms, closing more roads and threatening levees, water treatment plants and other critical infrastructure," Parson said in a statement.

  • Flooding preparations continue in St. Paul
    5 Eyewitness News St. Paul

    Flooding preparations continue in St. Paul

    It also allows city departments to quickly mobilize resources and begin immediate purchasing and contracting. Rick Schute, the Director of Emergency Services in St. Paul, said he met with city, county and state leaders Thursday morning to finalize flood coordination plans. " The mobilization of people, equipment and materials are underway now," he said 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS was there Thursday as crews removed expensive lighting at Raspberry Island so flooding debris doesn't damage it. Crews then covered up those spots by drilling in orange cones over electrical and gas connections. The city's Public Works Department said Thursday that several streets in downtown St. Paul would close at 10 p.m. Sunday.

  • Las Vegas Sun

    Winter storms: Crews clear, reopen Virginia's Skyline Drive

    CROZET, Va. (AP) — Crews are finally digging out a 40-mile (65-kilometer) stretch of Virginia's scenic Skyline Drive after a series of winter storms closed it for more than four months. Shenandoah National Park spokeswoman Sally Hurlbert said Wednesday that the southern portion of the road should be open by early April. Skyline Drive is the park's only public road, winding along the Appalachian Mountains in western Virginia for more than 100 miles (160 kilometers). The closure was one of the longest in decades after ice storms pounded the region's Blue Ridge Mountains. The five-week partial government shutdown only delayed the cleanup. The road is closed from near Elkton to where it ends in the

  • Spring warmth still on hold, sunshine will help

    Spring warmth still on hold, sunshine will help

    COOL STREAK The stretch of cool days reached seven Thursday as clouds and northwest winds had the first full day of spring fell more like a early February day.  To date, it is the coolest March in 5 years with a daily temperature running nearly 5-degrees below normal. SEARCH FOR SUN AND SIXTY Clouds were pesky, as we thought they would be but late day a few peeks of sun are being seen and detected by hi-res satellite imagery.  A low pressure departs east tonight taking clouds with it but on its heels, a reinforcing shot of cool air.  A new cold front will enter the state before sunrise Friday reinforcing the sub-normal temperatures entering the weekend.  Skies will be clearing Friday afternoon

  • Moderate earthquake hits Turkey; 3 people injured

    Moderate earthquake hits Turkey; 3 people injured

    ANKARA, Turkey — A moderately-strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.5 hit southwestern Turkey on Wednesday, Turkish authorities said. At least three people sustained minor injuries but there were no reports of any deaths. The government-run Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency said the earthquake was centred in the town of Acipayam, in Denizli province, and was also felt in neighbouring provinces. It was followed by some 30 aftershocks, the strongest measuring 4.8. The Istanbul-based Kandilli Observatory and Earthquake Research Institute measured the quake's magnitude at 5.7. Gov. Hasan Karahan said three people were hurt by falling bricks or after jumping from balconies.

  • NOAA: US Flood Risk Continues, Gives Way To Calif Fire Danger
    Union City, CA Patch

    NOAA: US Flood Risk Continues, Gives Way To Calif Fire Danger

    With nearly two-thirds of the lower 48 United States facing flooding through May, California has channeled its flood risk into averting fire danger in the coming months. In turn, the Federal Emergency Management Agency answered the call by asking Congress for money to fund a whole new program that focuses on pre-disaster aversion. FEMA has designed this risk-based-oriented program called the Disaster Recovery Reform Act to attack both ends of what appear to be inevitable disasters -- before and after they happen. The DRRA signed into law on Oct. 5 as part of the Federal Aviation Administration Reauthorization Act of 2018 acknowledges the shared responsibility of disaster response and recovery, aims to reduce the complexity of FEMA and builds the nation's capacity for the next catastrophic event.

  • Firefighters Battle 3 Fires In 3 Hours In West Hartford
    West Hartford, CT Patch

    Firefighters Battle 3 Fires In 3 Hours In West Hartford

    Firefighters responded to three working fires within three hours, including two fires that occurred within minutes of each other, on Wednesday, according to fire officials. Two of the fires were porch fires, the first on Oakwood Avenue and the second on Nesbit Avenue, while the third was a dumpster fire at a commercial building on Oakwood Avenue, according to "Aggressive fire suppression measures were deployed within minutes and the responding companies were able to keep the damage to a minimum," fire officials wrote about the response to the fires in a post on Facebook. "Properly stationed and readily available fire department resources are a crucial component to protecting the citizens of West Hartford as well as increasing the chances that occupants have in returning to their homes and/or to provide for their business.

  • Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming
    WWMT 3 Kalamazoo

    Report: Great Lakes feeling effects of rapid climate warming

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — The Great Lakes region is warming faster than the rest of the U.S., a trend likely to bring more extreme storms while also degrading water quality, worsening erosion and posing tougher challenges for farming, scientists reported Thursday. The annual mean air temperature in the region, which includes portions of the U.S. Midwest , Northeast and southern Canada, rose 1.6 degrees (-16.9 Celsius) from 1901-60 and 1985-2016, according to the report commissioned by the Chicago-based Environmental Law & Policy Center. During the same periods, the mean temperature for the remainder of the contiguous U.S. rose 1.2 degrees (-17.1 Celsius). Warming is expected to continue this century,

  • Cyclone Idai: 'Children died as they fell from trees, adults drowned when they could hold on no longer'
    The Telegraph

    Cyclone Idai: 'Children died as they fell from trees, adults drowned when they could hold on no longer'

    There were hundreds of corpses washed up on the side of the road; others bobbed past his stranded car, carried by the torrents of floodwater towards the sea. 

  • Business Standard India

    Himachal's Manali sees more snowfall, rain in Shimla

    Himachal Pradesh's popular tourist destination Manali and its nearby hill destinations received more snowfall in the past 24 hours, officials said on Thursday. As news of the snowfall flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving at Manali and its nearby hills to celebrate the Holi festival. Shimla and its surrounding areas like Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda experienced rains, according to a Met official here. Manali had experiencing 4 cm of snow and saw a low of minus one degree Celsius. Shimla saw a minimum temperature of 7.2 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 4 degrees in Kalpa in Kinnaur district, which saw 12 cm of snow, and 5.8 degrees in Dalhousie in Chamba district. The day's temperature

  • Earthquake shakes some Eastern Caribbean islands
    The Jamaica Observer

    Earthquake shakes some Eastern Caribbean islands

    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 rocked the islands of Antigua and Barbuda, St Kitts Nevis and Guadeloupe early Thursday. The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine Campus, says the tremor that occurred at 4:12 am (local time) was located at latitude 18.81 North, Longitude 60.41 West with a depth of 10 kilometres. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

  • Science Daily

    Volcano cliffs can affect monitoring data

    The surfaces of many volcanoes feature steep walls or cliffs. These are often part of calderas -- large craters left by a previous collapse -- but can also be caused by the volcano 'rifting' -- or splitting -- or sector collapse, when part of the side of the volcano slides away. However, the effect of these variations in landscape has not previously been considered in studies of surface deformation in volcanic regions, even though they are a common feature. In addition, monitoring equipment such as tiltmeters are usually placed on caldera rims as they are often more accessible, especially if the caldera is lake-filled. Tiltmeters measure the horizontal gradient of vertical displacement and can