Natural disasters

FILE - In this July 3, 2011, file photo, shows Mount Soputan seen from Tombatu village in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, Dec. 16, 2018, according to the national disaster agency's spokesman, Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. (AP Photo/Grace Wakary, File)
December 16, 2018 - 3:59 am
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano in central Indonesia has erupted, ejecting columns of thick ash as high as 7,500 meters (24,606 feet) into the sky. Mount Soputan, located on the northern part of Sulawesi island, erupted twice Sunday morning, said the national disaster agency's spokesman, Sutopo...
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FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2016 file photo, a fire attack helicopter makes a retardant drop during a firing operation on the ridge between Mount Manuel and the Coast Ridge Road while fighting the Soberanes Fire near the village of Big Sur, Calif. The so-called Soberanes Fire burned its way into the record books as the most expensive wildland firefight in U.S. history in what a new report calls "an extreme example of excessive, unaccountable, budget-busting suppression spending that is causing a fiscal crisis in the U.S. Forest Service." (David Royal/The Monterey County Herald via AP, File)
December 15, 2018 - 1:11 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a wildfire burned across Big Sur two years ago and threatened hundreds of homes scattered on the scenic hills, thousands of firefighters responded with overwhelming force, attacking flames from the air and ground. In the first week, the blaze destroyed 57 homes and killed a...
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FILE - In this Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018 file photo, firefighters battle the Camp Fire as it tears through Paradise, Calif. A report on firefighter injuries in a deadly Northern California wildfire details harrowing conditions they faced and a few close calls with death. The report released Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018 by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said the Camp Fire overtook three firefighters trying to set a backfire Nov. 8 to stop the blaze. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
December 14, 2018 - 6:48 pm
On the first day fighting the deadly Northern California wildfire that destroyed the city of Paradise last month, a crew setting a back burn to stop the blaze was suddenly overrun by flames when erratic winds suddenly shifted. One state prison inmate firefighter tried to escape the flames and ran...
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FILE - In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, waves slam the Oceana Pier & Pier House Restaurant in Atlantic Beach, N.C. as Hurricane Florence approaches the area. U.S. Marine Corps leaders say it will cost around $3.6 billion to repair the extensive damage to Camp Lejeune in North Carolina from Hurricane Florence. (Travis Long/The News & Observer via AP, File)
December 13, 2018 - 8:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — When Marines from Camp Lejeune, N.C., were preparing for their upcoming deployment to the Middle East, they faced an unusual challenge: the beach they needed to train on had been washed away by Hurricane Florence. Using bulldozers and other equipment, they moved enough sand to...
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December 13, 2018 - 6:56 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a story Dec. 11 about a large housing development approved in the mountains north of Los Angeles, The Associated Press reported erroneously that several environmental groups supported the deal. Audubon California, Sierra Club, Natural Resources Defense Council and others...
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FILE - In this Oct. 14, 2015, file photo, a riverboat glides through Lake Mead on the Colorado River at Hoover Dam near Boulder City, Nev. With drought continuing and reservoirs shrinking, several Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the Colorado River had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. Officials now say they're not going to make it, at least not in time for upcoming meetings in Las Vegas involving representatives from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming and the U.S. government. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
December 13, 2018 - 11:42 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Water managers from seven Southwestern states that depend on the Colorado River for drinking and irrigation water are getting closer to finalizing an unprecedented drought contingency plan they may have to enact in 2020, officials said Thursday. The federal government's top water...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018 file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Authorities estimate it will cost at least $3 billion to clear debris of 19,000 homes destroyed by California wildfires last month. State and federal disaster relief officials said Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, that private contractors will most likely begin removing debris in January from Butte, Ventura and Los Angeles counties and costs are likely to surpass initial estimates. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
December 12, 2018 - 6:00 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Insurance claims from last month's California wildfires already are at $9 billion and expected to increase, the state's insurance commissioner announced Wednesday. About $7 billion in claims are from the Camp Fire that destroyed the Northern California city of Paradise and...
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December 12, 2018 - 9:19 am
DECATUR, Tenn. (AP) — Engineers are inspecting the Watts Bar Nuclear Plant in Tennessee as a precaution after a magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck nearby. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake struck eastern Tennessee and could be felt in Atlanta. The light earthquake occurred Wednesday...
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In this photo taken Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken Pimlott works at his desk in his office in Sacramento, Calif. Pimlott told The Associated Press he prepares to retire on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018, after a 30-year career. (AP Photo/Haven Daley)
December 11, 2018 - 7:36 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's increasingly deadly and destructive wildfires have become so unpredictable that government officials should consider banning home construction in vulnerable areas, the state's top firefighter says. Department of Forestry and Fire Protection Director Ken...
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In this Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, photo, Diana Sauer holds a family photograph of her father, Warren Deboer, holding her as a baby, and his best friend Russell Anderson, left, in Concord, Calif. In the aftermath of Northern California's catastrophic wildfire, social media sites filled with posts from people trying to find loved ones in and near the town of Paradise. A group of women scattered across the U.S. knew they could help. The women volunteer as "search angels, " those who help adoptees find their biological parents. So far, they have tracked down nearly 250 people and linked them with friends and family who were looking for them becoming known as the Angels of Paradise. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
December 10, 2018 - 5:59 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — They have become known as the Angels of Paradise. But there is nothing ethereal about them. They are online sleuths who know how to find people, and they have been putting their skills to use in the aftermath of California's catastrophic wildfire. In the dark days that followed...
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