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China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

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China’s offshore supply ship De Shen working at an oil spill area during a clean-up operation at sea off the coast of eastern China. Photograph: Transport Ministry Of China/EPA

Scientists say consumers should be wary of buying any seafood that may have passed through the area until the toxic impact of the spill has been assessed

January 18, 2018 — Consumers in Japan, China and South Korea should be wary of buying seafood until governments in the region have monitored and released details about the toxic impact of the Sanchi oil spill, scientists have warned. Continue reading China oil spill: warning over seafood contamination

Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris

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Inside a home in Montecito, California, which was hit by the mudslide. Photograph: Reuters

At least 17 people have been killed, with the death toll expected to rise, after heavy rains caused a violent mudslide exacerbated by recent wildfire damage

January 10, 2018 — The mud cascaded down scorched, blackened slopes still blanketed with ash. With no trees or vegetation to slow the surge it swept rocks and boulders from the Verdugo mountains into a thunderous river. Continue reading Deadly California mudslide ‘like Niagara falls’ as hills turn to rivers of debris

Hundreds evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

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At least 600 residents on a tiny island off Papua New Guinea have been evacuated after a volcano previously believed to be dormant erupted

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 7, 2018) — Some 600 residents on a tiny island off Papua New Guinea have been evacuated after a volcano previously believed to be dormant erupted and spewed a “continuous plume” of ash, officials and reports said Sunday, January 7. Continue reading Hundreds evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

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WIDESPREAD FLOODING. Waist to neck-deep flood engulfs parts of Legazpi City, prompting the city government to suspend classes in all levels on Wednesday afternoon, January 3. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara orders evacuation of families living in areas vulnerable to landslides and flooding

MANILA, Philippines (Jan. 3, 2018) — Torrential rain brought by Tropical Storm Agaton, aggravated by the tail-end of the cold front, caused flooding in low-lying areas of Albay province. Continue reading Flooding hits Albay due to heavy rain

Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

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TRAINING. A representative from the Office of Civil Defense Bicol demonstrates to pupils at the Bacacay East Central School in Albay how to administer first aid. Photo by Rhaydz Barcia/Rappler

Bicol is the pilot area for the Office of Civil Defense’s resilience caravan

ALBAY, Philippines (Nov. 24, 2017) — The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol is teaching the next generation of Bicolanos to be prepared should disaster strike in the region. Continue reading Bicol grade school students trained in disaster response, resilience

Floods in north-west England prompt criticism over missing defences

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Rebecca Till in her flooded property in Galgate. Photograph: Christopher Thomond for the Guardian

Cumbria MP says government is dragging its feet, as torrential rain causes flooding in area hit by Storm Desmond in 2015

November 24, 2017 — Torrential rain has forced dozens of families from their homes and caused disruption across the north-west of England, prompting a local MP to accuse the government of Continue reading Floods in north-west England prompt criticism over missing defences

70 rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

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Flooding at Carnforth railway station in Lancashire, where heavy rain caused flooding and travel disruption. Photograph: @Bloo_Bel/Twitter/PA

People evacuated in Lancashire as rain causes widespread flooding and power cuts in north-west England and north Wales

November 23, 2017 — Firefighters have rescued more than 70 people as torrential rain caused widespread flooding and power blackouts across north-west England and north Wales. Continue reading 70 rescued from floods as severe UK weather continues

More than 140 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

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Destroyed buildings in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, where nearly 100 died. Photograph: Pouria Pakizeh/AP

Rescuers battle to find survivors trapped under collapsed buildings after the 7.3 magnitude quake

November 13, 2017 — More than 140 people have been killed in Iran and Iraq after a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit the border region between the two countries, state media said. Continue reading More than 140 killed by earthquake in Iran-Iraq border region

At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

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INJURED. An earthquake victim is aided at Sulaimaniyah Hospital on November 12, 2017, in Sulaimaniyah, Iraq. Shwan Mohammed/AFP

The quake took place along a 1,500 kilometer fault line between the Arabia and Eurasia tectonic plates, the USGS says

SULAYMANIYAH, Iraq (Nov. 13, 2017) — A 7.3 magnitude earthquake shook the mountainous Iran-Iraq border late Sunday, November 12, killing at least 36 people and injuring hundreds more, triggering landslides that were hindering the rescue effort, officials said. Continue reading At least 36 killed as strong quake rocks Iran-Iraq border

1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City

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FLOODING. The intertropical convergence zone brings heavy rain and floods to Zamboanga City.

The lone fatality is a 70-year-old man who drowned while evacuating

ZAMBOANGA CITY (Oct. 16, 2017 ) — One person died and 4 others were injured as heavy rain caused by the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) triggered flooding in this city on Sunday, October 15. Continue reading 1 dead, over 1,300 families displaced as floods hit Zamboanga City