14 Mar 2011

Nuclear fuel rods fully exposed at Japan reactor

“Nuclear fuel rods at a quake-stricken Japanese nuclear reactor are now fully exposed, Jiji news agency said, quoting the plant’s operator, Tokyo Eletcric Power Co . The report referred to the Fukushima Daiichi complex’s No.2 reactor, where levels of water coolant around the reactor core had been reported as falling

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11 Jan 2011

Scores missing as ‘inland tsunami’ hits Australian town

“Three quarters of the state of Queensland has been declared a disaster zone after torrential rain threatened the worst flooding in the state capital in 37 years. Ten people were confirmed dead in flash flooding Tuesday which swept through the town of Toowoomba, about 125 kilometers (80 miles) west of

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05 Nov 2010

Death toll climbs to 69 in Indonesia volcano’s latest eruption

“The latest eruption of Indonesia’s Mount Merapi volcano, on Friday, killed at least 69 people and injured 77 others, hospital officials said. Many of the injured were burned, said officials at Sardjito Hospital. Bodies recovered from a village about 16 kilometers (9.9 miles) from the volcano were badly burned, Commissioner

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04 Nov 2010

Tomas approaches Haiti; landfall expected in Cuba

“Rain associated with Tropical Storm Tomas began falling on Haiti on Thursday afternoon as aid agencies scrambled to move as many people as possible into storm shelters. The storm — even if it does not regain hurricane strength — could deal a disastrous blow to a nation still struggling to

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29 Oct 2010

Fire forces massive evacuation order in Boulder

“Hundreds, if not thousands of residents of west Boulder were forced to flee their homes Friday as a wind-fueled wildfire burned in the foothills The Dome Fire, burning roughly ¼ mile west of Boulder Canyon, was estimated at 20 acres as of noon. It was first reported shortly after 8

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26 Oct 2010

Volcano erupts in Indonesia, forcing thousands to flee

“The Mount Merapi volcano in Indonesia erupted Tuesday, forcing thousands of nearby residents to flee, the Antara national news agency reported. Mount Merapi, which looms on the horizon north of the major city of Yogyakarta, is one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes and lies in one of the world’s most

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26 Oct 2010

Storm To Be Among Worst In 70 Years

“A combination of strong thunderstorms, followed by violent and destructive winds, will make for one of the Midwest’s most dangerous storms in 70 years. The temperature Monday is hit the 70s under partly sunny skies. But when Tuesday morning comes around, the Chicago area will be slammed with furious thunderstorms

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26 Oct 2010

At least 40 dead, 380 missing after Indonesia quake

“At least 40 people were killed and 380 others were left missing after 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Sumatra on Monday, Indonesian officials said Tuesday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said the quake generated a ‘significant’ tsunami. Although communication with remote areas was difficult, witnesses in west Sumatra reported seeing a

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17 Oct 2010

Philippines on alert as Super Typhoon Megi nears landfall

“Emergency crews in the Philippines were on standby Monday morning as the island nation braced for a ‘super typhoon’ that could trigger flooding and landslides. Super Typhoon Megi, also known as Juan, is expected to make landfall midday Monday at or near super-typhoon strength, with winds possibly in excess of

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