Natural disasters

In this Aug. 10, 2018 photo provided by the University of Missouri Extension, a steer takes shelter under a bush near a dry pond on a farm near Monett, Mo. Drought conditions across most of Missouri are causing concerns for farmers. Corn yields could be lower than normal and hay, vital for feeding cattle, is proving scarce. About three-quarters of Missouri pastures are in poor or very poor condition, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (Eldon Cole/University of Missouri Extension via AP)
August 19, 2018 - 11:14 am
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Parts of Missouri are so dry that corn crops are suffering and hay for cattle is in short supply, as water becomes increasingly scarce. Missouri has had below-average rainfall since winter. The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Missouri is experiencing drought, with...
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File - In this Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 file photo the foundation walls of old buildings appear at the riverside of the Edersee in Waldeck, Germany due to a low water level because of a drought period. (Swen Pfoertner/dpa via AP, file)
August 19, 2018 - 11:06 am
BERLIN (AP) — A sustained drought in Germany has revealed the ruins of a village abandoned when a large reservoir was created more than 100 years ago. German news agency dpa reported Sunday that a bridge and the foundations of Berich — known locally as the Atlantis of Lake Eder — have recently...
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An Indian policeman, left, and a volunteer carry essential supplies for stranded people in a flooded area in Chengannur in the southern state of Kerala, India, Sunday, Aug.19, 2018. Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century. (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
August 19, 2018 - 9:42 am
CHENGANNUR, India (AP) — Some 800,000 people have been displaced and over 350 have died in the worst flooding in a century in southern India's Kerala state, officials said Sunday, as rescuers searched for people stranded in the worst-affected areas. The downpours that started Aug. 8 have triggered...
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August 18, 2018 - 9:09 pm
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A deep, undersea earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 8.2 has struck Fiji and small tsunami waves have been observed but no damage reported. The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake hit at a depth of 560 kilometers (348 miles) and was located 280 kilometers (...
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In this image from video, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks out from inside a helicopter during an aerial survey of flood affected areas in Kerala, southern India, Saturday Aug. 18, 2018. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised more than $70 million in aid for the flood-affected Kerala on Saturday as he undertook an aerial survey to see the devastation caused by relentless monsoon rains.(Doordarshan via AP)
August 18, 2018 - 8:50 pm
TRIVANDRUM, India (AP) — Thousands of stranded people were waiting to be rescued and officials pleaded for more help from relentless monsoon floods that have partially submerged the southern Indian state of Kerala, where more than 190 have died in a little over a week. Heavy rains hit parts of the...
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FILE - In this Friday, July 27, 2018, file photo, homes leveled by the Carr Fire line the Lake Keswick Estates area of Redding, Calif. California lawmakers are abandoning a controversial proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
August 18, 2018 - 6:13 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers are abandoning a proposal by Gov. Jerry Brown to shield electrical utilities from some financial liability for wildfires. For now. There's not enough time to settle the contentious and complex issues involved before the legislative session ends Aug. 31...
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August 18, 2018 - 5:43 pm
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. (AP) — 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...
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August 17, 2018 - 9:38 pm
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A strong earthquake shook southern Costa Rica near the border with Panama on Friday evening, toppling items from store shelves and knocking out power in places, but authorities said there was no major damage or reports of serious injuries. The U.S. Geological Survey said...
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People move past a flooded area in Thrissur, in the southern Indian state of Kerala, Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. 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 left more than 100 dead. (AP Photo)
August 17, 2018 - 10:49 am
NEW DELHI (AP) — 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...
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This Aug. 10, 2018 photo shows a memorial for Jeremy Stoke of the Redding Fire Department, in Redding, Calif. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection says in a report that Redding firefighter Stoke, 37, died July 26, 2018, after he was enveloped in seconds by a fire tornado with a base the size of three football fields and winds up to 165 miles an hour. (AP Photo/John Locher)
August 17, 2018 - 12:15 am
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — In the history of California wildfires there has never been anything like it: A churning tornado filled with fire, the size of three football fields. An official report describes in chilling detail the intensity of the rare fire phenomenon and how quickly it took the life of...
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