Category: Disasters

California Natural Gas Leak Officially Largest Leak in U.S. History

Equipment and machinery is seen on a ridge above a natural gas well known as SS25 in Southern California Gas Company's vast Aliso Canyon facility. Pressure on the company has been mounting as residents of nearby Porter Ranch deal with the odor resulting from a leak at the well which was discovered on October 23. 12/14/2015
Originally Published by Yale Environment 360The four-month natural gas leak that sickened hundreds of Los Angeles residents and forced the evacuations of 1,800 homes this winter has officially been deemed the largest methane leak in U.S. history, according to a study in the journal Science. Topic: Disasters

Category 5 Cyclone Winston slams Fiji

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Originally Published by EarthSkyThe globe’s strongest tropical cyclone recorded so far in 2016 intensified in the Southern Pacific and made landfall in Fiji Saturday, February 20, 2016. Cyclone Winston, which is the name given by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, was a Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 300 kph (185 mph) that produced […]

Northern Forests Emerge As the New Global Tinderbox

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Originally Published by Yale Environment 360Rapidly rising temperatures, changes in precipitation, and increased lightning strikes are leading to ever-larger wildfires in the northern forests of Alaska, Canada, and Siberia, with potentially severe ecological consequences. Topic: Disasters

Another earthquake hits Oklahoma as concern rises over wastewater injection

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Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian4.2 magnitude quake is among more than 800 in the state in 2015, and many are occurring in areas where wells pump byproducts of oil and gas production A 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck north Oklahoma City early on New Year’s Day, the latest in a series of temblors in […]

Widespread flood warnings as UK braces for Storm Frank

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianNorth of England, Northern Ireland and parts of Scotland told to prepare for floods, with Yorkshire expected to bear brunt People in the north of England, south and central Scotland, and Northern Ireland are being warned to brace themselves for more downpours and the possibility of increased flooding overnight, […]

Fires Put a Carbon Monoxide Cloud over Indonesia

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Originally Published by NASA Earth ObservatoryIn September 2015, fires in Indonesia produced prodigious amounts of carbon monoxide. Topic: Disasters

Deadly dam burst in Brazil prompts calls for stricter mining regulations

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianSix bodies have been found with 22 still missing in one of the country’s worst mining disasters as hundreds are displaced in Minas Gerais. Topic: Disasters

Hurricane Patricia set to hit Mexico tonight

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Originally Published by New Scientist – EarthPotentially catastrophic consequences are expected when record-breaking Patricia makes landfall later today Topic: Disasters, Weather

Typhoon Koppu weakened but still dangerous, says Philippines government

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Originally Published by Environment | The GuardianStorm leaves at least two people dead and causes massive disruption and power cuts in nine provinces before slowing down. Topic: Disasters

Oklahoma earthquake likely caused by wastewater injection, seismologist says

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Originally Published by Environment | The Guardian Magnitude-4.4 temblor Saturday was among nearly 700 earthquakes of magnitude 3 or greater in state this year, compared to 20 throughout 2009 Topic: Disasters