Dozens of wildfires ravaging forests in Appalachia are prompting mass evacuations — including an entire town in western North Carolina, a state official said. The Party Rock Fire, which has consumed about 2,000 acres, was headed toward Lake Lure, a community of about 1,200 people, beside a lake by the same name in Chimney Rock…
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Hurricane Matthew made landfall as a Category 4 storm on October 4 near Les Anglais, Haiti, then continued its path toward the east coast of the United States. APP USERS: Click here to view the photos
Drone footage gives a bird’s eye view of the massive sinkhole in Harbor, Oregon.
HARBOR, Ore. (AP/WATE) – Transportation officials say a massive sinkhole has opened near a highway along the coast of southern Oregon.
Kyle Rice, posted a YouTube video of drone footage of the massive sinkhole from a bird’s eye view. Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation says the sinkhole off Highway 101 has been plaguing the Curry County town of Harbor since heavy rains last month.
A contractor was working on it Thursday when the erosion started to accelerate on a nearby road. Officials say the sinkhole didn’t swallow any vehicles, and there were no injuries. Signs have been placed along the highway directing traffic to a detour. ODOT spokesman Jared Castle says drivers can expect delays of five to 10 minutes.
The agency plans to get bids from contractors so repairs can start quickly, but repairs could be upwards of $4 million according to ODOT. Castle says ODOT wants the road partially opened within a week, but the entire repair could take eight weeks.
It happened Tuesday night on Tamarack Lake at the Kingsbury Fish and Wildlife Area.
KAKANJ, Bosnia – Authorities say a landslide has wiped out a group of poor homes in central Bosnia, killing one woman and injuring three other people.
Rescuers searched for hours before they pulled out two children and a woman alive early Monday morning from the rubble.
Seven homes were destroyed when the slope they stood on slid down 500 metres in the town of Kakanj.
The houses were built on top of a coal mine that was closed 50 years ago. None of the homes had a building permit as the area was considered risky. But illegal building is widespread as Bosnia has struggled with poverty since the end of the Balkans war in the 1990s.
The day of Dec. 26, 2004, started with an earthquake, off the coast of Sumatra, and only got worse as the resulting tsunami hit coastal nations throughout the Indian Ocean.
As TIME explained in a special issue devoted to the devastation, the geology behind the tsunami caused a chain reaction of disaster:
Geologists describe the tectonics–the almost imperceptibly slow movement of massive plates–of the southern Indian Ocean as complex because a number of plates converge there. The floor of the Indian Ocean–the Indian plate–is moving north at around 2.5 in. per year, about twice the rate that your fingernails grow. As it moves, it is forced under the Burma plate to its east. Eighteen miles below the surface of the ocean, stresses that had been gradually accumulating forced the Burma plate to snap upward. That was a huge geological event, eventually measured at 9.0 on the Richter scale. The dislocation…
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