Natural disasters - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Natural disasters Report: Over 31 million people internally displaced in 2016 UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 31 million people were displaced in their own countries last year — over 75 percent as a result of natural disasters and weather-related events, and the rest from violence and conflicts with Congo and Syria topping the list, according to a new report released Monday. East Asia and the Pacific accounted for two-thirds of the... Mon, 22 May 2017 23:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T23:10:00Z Wildfire Forces Evacuations SE of San Diego Firefighters reported making progress Sunday against a wildfire that forced hundreds of people to evacuate a popular campground and small community southeast... Mon, 22 May 2017 10:11:00 GMT 2017-05-22T10:11:00Z At Least Three Small Tornadoes Hit Indiana The National Weather Service says at least three small tornadoes struck Indiana over the weekend. Flash floods swept semitrailers into a downtown creek... Mon, 22 May 2017 06:24:00 GMT 2017-05-22T06:24:00Z Severe weather creates havoc across Germany BERLIN (AP) — Thunderstorms have created havoc across Germany leading to the derailment of a train with seven people injured, flight cancellations at Hamburg's airport and a mudslide on a highway in the eastern part of the country. The German news agency dpa reported Saturday that a regional train derailed near Stadtroda in eastern Germany after the track... Sat, 20 May 2017 11:35:00 GMT 2017-05-20T11:35:00Z Today in History for May 18th Highlights of this day in history: Mt. St. Helens erupts in Washington State; The U.S. Supreme Court upholds racial segregation; Pope John Paul II born... Thu, 18 May 2017 05:12:00 GMT 2017-05-18T05:12:00Z Magnitude 5.1 quake hits Greek island of Rhodes, no injuries ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A moderately strong earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.1 has struck off the eastern Aegean Sea resort island of Rhodes but no injuries or damage have been reported. The Athens Geodynamic Institute said the undersea quake occurred at 14:30 local time (1130GMT) Wednesday off the island's southwestern tip. The epicenter was about 400 kilometers (250 m... Wed, 17 May 2017 13:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T13:03:00Z AP Top Stories May 17 A Here's the latest for Wednesday, May 17th: White House says Trump did not tell Comey to stop Flynn investigation; Iraq says Islamic State forces surrounded... Wed, 17 May 2017 10:03:00 GMT 2017-05-17T10:03:00Z Sheriff: 'Total Destruction' From Wisc. Tornado At least one person was killed when a tornado swept into a mobile home park in northwest Wisconsin Tuesday. The Barron County sheriff says about 25 people... Wed, 17 May 2017 07:15:00 GMT 2017-05-17T07:15:00Z Wildfire in Greece kills 1 west of Athens; blaze contained ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's fire department says that one person has died after a wildfire broke out west of Athens. A body was found in a ravine outside the town of Agioi Theodoroi, 65 kilometers (40 miles) west of Athens. Fire officials say that the body has been burned so badly, it isn't immediately identifiable. They believe the ... Sun, 14 May 2017 18:34:00 GMT 2017-05-14T18:34:00Z Report: 5.7 quake jolts remote northern region in Iran TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that a 5.7 magnitude earthquake has jolted a remote area in the northeast of the country. The Saturday report said the epicenter of the quake was the town of Pishqaleh, with a population of about 2,000 people, some 800 kilometers (498 miles) northeast of the capital Tehran. ... Sat, 13 May 2017 19:12:00 GMT 2017-05-13T19:12:00Z Severe Weather, Tornado, Hail Hit Oklahoma Severe weather struck much of Oklahoma on Thursday. Fri, 12 May 2017 10:35:00 GMT 2017-05-12T10:35:00Z AP Top Stories May 12 A Here's the latest for Friday, May 12th: Trump says he planned to fire Comey; Man surrenders after 35 hour NJ standoff; Trudeau tours Canada flood zone;... Fri, 12 May 2017 09:43:00 GMT 2017-05-12T09:43:00Z Somalia leader wants arms embargo lifted to fight al-Shabab LONDON (AP) — Somalia's president on Thursday called for an end to the arms embargo on his long-chaotic country, saying that if the military doesn't have more sophisticated equipment in the fight against the al-Shabab extremist group, "definitely this war will continue for another 10 years." President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed has repeatedly vowed to defe... Thu, 11 May 2017 16:59:00 GMT 2017-05-11T16:59:00Z Tornado Touches Down in Chattanooga, Oklahoma Violent weather in Oklahoma spawns a tornado and brings traffic on Highway 36 to a halt. Thu, 11 May 2017 13:17:00 GMT 2017-05-11T13:17:00Z 8 dead, 20 injured after moderate quake in far western China BEIJING (AP) — A moderate earthquake that struck close to the earth's surface killed eight people and injured more than 20 others in far western China on Thursday, the region's earthquake administration said. The morning quake struck in Taxkorgan county, a remote mountainous area that borders Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan in China's Xinjiang region... Thu, 11 May 2017 03:54:00 GMT 2017-05-11T03:54:00Z Avalanche kills 3 people in French Alps PARIS (AP) — French officials say that three people have died in an avalanche that struck the ski resort of Bonneval-sur-Arc in the Alps. The Savoie prefecture said the avalanche struck around noon (1000 GMT) Tuesday, without giving details about the casualties' identities. The rescue operation ended in the afternoon and French authorities said the death toll is final. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 13:53:00 GMT 2017-05-09T13:53:00Z Spain jails German who set forest on fire with toilet paper MADRID (AP) — A court in Spain's Canary Islands has sent a 27-year-old German man to prison for 3½ years for causing a massive forest fire that killed one worker last summer. The man already admitted, when he was detained in July last year, that he accidentally started the blaze by burning his soiled toilet paper. Civil guard agents had found him near the source of the fire ... Fri, 05 May 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-05-05T18:26:00Z Spain's says offshore plant linked to quakes to stay closed MADRID (AP) — Spain's Energy Ministry says it will not reopen a large offshore gas storage plant that was shut down in 2013 following minor earthquakes in the area. A ministry statement issued Wednesday said a study carried out by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University concluded that a fault line close to Spain's eastern coast had been put under str... Wed, 03 May 2017 15:01:00 GMT 2017-05-03T15:01:00Z Bolivia: Body of German climber recovered after avalanche LA PAZ, Bolivia (AP) — Bolivian officials say searchers have recovered the body of a German who was buried by an avalanche over the weekend while climbing in a snowfield near the capital of La Paz. The fire department's rescue brigade says the body of Martin Ariel Freiman was found Tuesday about 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) up the Illimani, which is the second highest mountain... Tue, 02 May 2017 23:22:00 GMT 2017-05-02T23:22:00Z 6 investigated for manslaughter in Italian hotel avalanche MILAN (AP) — Italian prosecutors are investigating six people for multiple counts of manslaughter and causing bodily harm in a deadly avalanche at a mountain hotel that killed 29 people, Italian news reports said Thursday. The news agency ANSA said prosecutors were issuing formal notices of investigation against the Pescara provincial president, Antonio D... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 14:09:00 GMT 2017-04-27T14:09:00Z 2 teens die in April avalanche in western Romania BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say two teenagers have died in an avalanche in western Romania after the country was hit by a blast of wintry weather. Emergency situations chief Raed Arafat told The Associated Press that rescue workers pulled the bodies of two youngsters, aged 13 and 14, out of the snow after the avalanche hit Saturday but three others were no... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:29:00 GMT 2017-04-22T13:29:00Z 2 earthquakes hit western Turkey, cause panic in the streets ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey says two earthquakes, both with preliminary magnitudes of 4.9, have shaken the western Turkish province of Manisa. Media reports say the second quake sent residents rushing out into the streets in panic. The government crisis management center said Friday the first earthquake was centered in the town of Selendi and hit at 4:16... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:08:00 GMT 2017-04-21T15:08:00Z Europe struggles with unseasonable weather, cold and hot BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Parts of Europe struggled Thursday with both unseasonably cold and unseasonably warm weather. Slovakian police say 24 people were injured Thursday in a 40-car pileup during a heavy snowstorm in the northeastern part of the country. Rescuer spokesman Boris Chmel said the crashes occurred at 6 a.m. near the cit... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:45:00 GMT 2017-04-20T16:45:00Z Drought-hit Somalia moves closer to famine, says aid group MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) — Life-threatening child malnutrition rates are rising to alarming levels in drought-hit Somalia, the international aid group Save the Children said Thursday. A new survey found "very critical" levels of severe malnutrition in two of six districts assessed in some of the worst affected parts of Somalia. "We are o... Thu, 20 Apr 2017 12:50:00 GMT 2017-04-20T12:50:00Z Haiti to rebuild National Palace smashed in 2010 earthquake PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A new National Palace will be built over the next several years to resemble the iconic 90-year-old structure smashed during Haiti's cataclysmic 2010 earthquake, authorities announced Wednesday. President Jovenel Moise, who took office in February, launched a palace reconstruction commission that includes Haitian architects and... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 21:54:00 GMT 2017-04-19T21:54:00Z Fire burns 2 LA houses, including home of Swedish TV star LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five people were injured, two critically, and a pet cat was killed when flames ripped through a hillside home and then spread to a neighboring house early Thursday in Los Angeles, authorities said. One house was the home of Swedish reality TV star Gunilla Persson, who escaped along with her elderly mother, Iris, and daughter, Erika, 14.... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 22:57:00 GMT 2017-04-13T22:57:00Z UN votes to end to Haiti peacekeeping mission in mid-October UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Security Council voted unanimously Thursday to end the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti in mid-October after 13 years, sending a strong signal that the international community believes the impoverished Caribbean nation is stabilizing after successful elections. The peacekeepers helped normalize a country in chaos after politica... Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-04-13T18:30:00Z 4 foreigners among missing in deadly Colombia floods BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Three European citizens and an Ecuadorean are still unaccounted for following a deadly flood in southern Colombia that has killed at least 306 people. Colombia's foreign ministry said Thursday the missing include citizens of Germany, Britain and Spain. It did not provide any names of the missing, but said a fifth foreigner from Ecuador is among the de... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 22:04:00 GMT 2017-04-06T22:04:00Z Olympic bodies donate $600,000 to Peru for flood relief work LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Olympic Committee says a $600,000 donation is being made to help relief work in Peru after devastating floods and mudslides. The IOC says Peru's state president, Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, was informed Tuesday in person by the country's IOC member, Ivan Dibos. Peru's capital Lima is set to host... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 19:20:00 GMT 2017-04-04T19:20:00Z Pope visits Italian region rebuilt after deadly 2012 quakes CARPI, Italy (AP) — Greeted by tens of thousands of faithful, Pope Francis on Sunday visited a region of Italy that has largely been rebuilt after a pair of deadly earthquakes five years ago, an example meant to give hope to another part of the country still reeling from more devastating temblors last year. Francis' first stop in Emilia Romagna was the qu... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 20:13:00 GMT 2017-04-02T20:13:00Z