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  • Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

    Chile leader to relocate Valparaiso fire victims

    With all of Valparaiso under military rule early Tuesday, 5,000 firefighters, police, forest rangers, soldiers, sailors and civil defense workers joined in a mammoth fight against wildfires licking around the...
    President Michelle Bachelet vowed Tuesday to reconstruct this once-beautiful port city according to a master plan that would prevent many of the 12,500 victims of devastating wildfires from rebuilding on hills that cannot...
  • Chile fire toll: 12 dead; 2,000 homes destroyed

    Chile fire toll: 12 dead; 2,000 homes destroyed

    Authorities say a large forest fire that is covering the Chilean city of Valparaiso in smoke has destroyed at least 150 homes and is forcing evacuations.
    A raging fire leaped from hilltop to hilltop in this colorful Chilean port city and stubbornly burned out of control in places more than 24 hours later, killing 12 people and destroying at least 2,000 homes. More than...
  • California drought spawns well drilling boom

    California drought spawns well drilling boom

    The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.
    The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.
  • 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

    4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho

    A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.
    A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area.
  • Mag-7.6 quake, waves strike Solomon Islands

    Mag-7.6 quake, waves strike Solomon Islands

    A tsunami warning was issued Sunday for some Pacific islands following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake near the Solomon Islands.
    A powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake triggered large waves in the Solomon Islands on Sunday, and authorities were trying to determine if there was any serious damage or injuries.
  • Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

    Ohio geologists link small quakes to fracking

    State geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to gas drilling, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are...
    Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions Friday in certain areas that are...
  • Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips

    Dozens evacuated in Wyoming town as ground slips

    Local officials and dozens of evacuees kept anxious watch Thursday on a slowly sliding hillside that threatened to take out several homes and businesses in this resort town.
    Local officials and dozens of evacuees kept anxious watch Thursday on a slowly sliding hillside that threatened to take out several homes and businesses in this resort town.
  • Mudslide survivor holding son describes terror

    Mudslide survivor holding son describes terror

    The lights in Amanda Skorjanc's home started to flicker and shake. When she looked outside, she saw a cascade of mud and debris crashing down the hillside and nearby houses "exploding" from its force.
    The lights in Amanda Skorjanc's home started to flicker and shake. When she looked outside, she saw a cascade of mud and debris crashing down the hillside and nearby houses "exploding" from its force.
  • Last Corvette retrieved from Kentucky sinkhole

    Last Corvette retrieved from Kentucky sinkhole

    By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press The mangled remains of a powerful Corvette - barely recognizable to its former owner - were pulled from the depths of a sinkhole at a Kentucky museum Wednesday,...
    By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press The mangled remains of a powerful Corvette - barely recognizable to its former owner - were pulled from the depths of a sinkhole at a Kentucky museum Wednesday,...
  • Survivor saw homes 'exploding' from mudslide force

    Survivor saw homes 'exploding' from mudslide force

    A young woman pulled from the rubble of the Washington mudslide along with her infant son is starting to recover physically from her ordeal after six surgeries. But she and her doctor acknowledged Wednesday that...
    Amanda Skorjanc was watching videos with her infant son when the lights in her home started to flicker and shake. She looked outside and saw a terrifying sight: a massive mudslide crashing down the hillside and nearby...
  • Work underway to recover last Corvette from hole

    Work underway to recover last Corvette from hole

    Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.
    Workers are digging away to retrieve the last of eight classic Corvettes gobbled up by a giant sinkhole beneath a museum in Kentucky.
  • Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33

    Death toll in Washington mudslide rises to 33

    The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which said all but three have been identified.
    The death toll from the landslide that hit the Washington town of Oso rose to 33 on Monday, according to the Snohomish County medical examiner's office, which said all but three have been identified.
  • Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

    Storms sock the Southeast, killing 2 people

    Authorities say severe thunderstorms punching across the Southeast have forced the evacuation of an Alabama mobile home park as heavy rains cause scattered flooding and power outages and snarl rush hour commutes.
    Severe thunderstorms dumped heavy rains across the Southeast on Monday and caused flash flooding in central Alabama, where crews in small boats and military trucks had to rescue dozens of people from their homes and cars.
  • Mudslide survivors wonder: Why are we alive

    Mudslide survivors wonder: Why are we alive

    It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.
    It was a sound like a jet engine. Then a forest of trees collapsed. And all was quiet except for the calls for help.
  • Unclear Washington landslide lawsuits could win

    Unclear Washington landslide lawsuits could win

    The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the "potential for a large catastrophic failure" of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River....
    The warnings could hardly have been clearer. One technical report told of the "potential for a large catastrophic failure" of the 600-foot hillside above a rural neighborhood near Oso, on the Stillaguamish River. Another...
  • Mudslide: Hundreds gather for prayer service

    Mudslide: Hundreds gather for prayer service

    Gov. Jay Inslee was among several hundred people who gathered Friday night for an interdenominational prayer service honoring the victims, families and rescuers affected by the deadly March 22 mudslide in Oso.
    Gov. Jay Inslee was among several hundred people who gathered Friday night for an interdenominational prayer service honoring the victims, families and rescuers affected by the deadly March 22 mudslide in Oso.
  • Hail, rain pummel several Midwest, Southern states

    Hail, rain pummel several Midwest, Southern states

    Thunderstorms were crawling across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a...
    Thunderstorms were crawling across a large swath of the Midwest and South on Thursday, spawning suspected tornadoes in Missouri and Texas, and slamming several states with large hail and heavy rain that prompted a handful...
  • County weighed buying up homes in mudslide area

    County weighed buying up homes in mudslide area

    The number of confirmed deaths in the Washington state mudslide rose to 30 on Thursday with the release of another victim's name.
    A decade before a colossal landslide buried a Washington community, county officials considered buying up people's homes there to protect them from such a disaster.
  • Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

    Aftershocks rattle Chile as military keeps order

    Coastal residents of Chile's far-north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes early Thursday after a major aftershock rattled an area hit a day earlier by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that caused some...
    Coastal residents of Chile's far north spent a second sleepless night outside their homes as major aftershocks continued Thursday following a magnitude-8.2 earthquake that damaged several thousand homes and caused six...
  • 7.6 aftershock rattles Chile's far-northern coast

    7.6 aftershock rattles Chile's far-northern coast

    Authorities kept hundreds of thousands of people out of their beds early Wednesday after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off Chile's northern coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart...
    A powerful 7.6-magnitude aftershock hit Chile's far-northern coast late Wednesday night, shaking the same area where a magnitude-8.2 earthquake hit just a day before causing some damage and six deaths.
  • Quest to ID remains brings mystery after mudslide

    Quest to ID remains brings mystery after mudslide

    It is a grim step forward in the search for human remains at a mudslide that crushed a rural Washington community, but an important one: floodwaters at the site are receding, allowing crews to expand their search...
    As medical examiners painstakingly piece together the identities and lives of the 29 people known killed when a mudslide wiped out a small Washington community, one mystery troubles them.
  • No national system to track landslide hazards

    No national system to track landslide hazards

    People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before they heard a wall of mud, trees and other debris thunder down the mountain.
    People living in the path of a deadly Washington state landslide had virtually no warning before a wall of mud, trees and other debris thundered down the mountain. Some of the homeowners didn't even know the hillside...
  • 5 dead as magnitude-8.2 quake hits northern Chile

    5 dead as magnitude-8.2 quake hits northern Chile

    A powerful earthquake has struck in the Pacific off Chile's northern region, and authorities have ordered an evacuation of coastal areas in case of a tsunami. There are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
    A powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off northern Chile on Tuesday night, setting off a small tsunami that forced evacuations along the country's entire Pacific coast. Five people were crushed to death or...