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People in Plane Crashes Keep Risking Their Lives for Their Luggage

And they really need to stop doing that

(Newser) - Everyone involved in the airline industry is "apoplectic" about a video showing passengers on an Emirates Airline flight that crash landed in Dubai on Wednesday grabbing their luggage before evacuating, even as the cabin fills with smoke, Bloomberg reports. Everyone successfully escaped before the plane burst into flames, but... More »

It's Raining So Much in Paris the Louvre Is Closed

Rising waters in France, Germany, and Belgium have already led to at least 6 deaths

(Newser) - The Louvre and the Musee d'Orsay closed their doors to the public Thursday as the Seine crept up past its normal water levels, prompting fears of flooding and peril to famous works in both Paris art institutions, the Independent reports. Local cops say that flood warnings for areas along... More »

Huge Convoy of Evacuees Moves South as Canada Wildfire Grows

As officials hope for rain

(Newser) - A massive convoy was underway Friday to move evacuees stranded at oil field camps north of fire-ravaged Fort McMurray, Alberta, to areas south of the Canadian oil sands capital, reports AP . Police and military are overseeing the procession of an estimated 1,500 vehicles. Meanwhile, a mass airlift of evacuees... More »

Cliff About to Collapse Under Calif. Apartments

The city of Pacifica has declared a state of emergency amid erosion concerns

(Newser) - It's only a matter of time before a few apartment complexes along Esplanade Avenue in Pacifica, Calif., fall 100 feet into the sea. That is, if they're not demolished first. With storms pummeling a coastline that has been eroding dramatically since 2008, the city, located just south of... More »

Sandy Hook Evacuated Over Bomb Threat

Threat called in this morning; kids were sent home but no danger found

(Newser) - A bomb threat has led to the evacuation of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Monroe Police Lt. Brian McCauley says the threat was called in to the school at 9:30am this morning and the evacuation was ordered as a precaution. He says the school building and grounds... More »

Fence Jumper Makes It Inside White House

He is captured inside doors without incident, taken to hospital

(Newser) - Some White House fence breaches are more serious than others. Unlike last month's laugher when a toddler snuck through, a man hopped the fence yesterday about 7:20pm and actually made it inside the White House, reports NBC News . Most who make it over the fence get tackled on... More »

Philippines Volcano Looks Ready to Blow

12K evacuated from around Mount Mayon

(Newser) - More than 12,000 residents were evacuated from the foot of Mount Mayon in the Philippines today as the volcano spewed out lava that spilled a half-mile down the mountain and glowed ominously from the crater at its peak, the AP reports. Joey Salceda, governor of the Albay province, ordered... More »

US Now Ready to Evacuate Embassy in Tripoli

Country may be poised for civil war: Washington Post

(Newser) - Amid new violence in Libya , the US is considering evacuating its embassy in Tripoli, with the decision being made "minute by minute," an official tells CNN . Eight Osprey aircraft are now in place at a US naval base in Italy, ready to evacuate the embassy if needed; 200... More »

7.0 Earthquake Hits Off Coast of Chile

No major tsunami threat so far

(Newser) - A 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile today and forced Chilean officials to order an evacuation along the northern coastline, Reuters reports. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake hit at a depth of 21 miles and was centered 40 miles northwest of the port city... More »

US Evacuation Plans Not Looking Good in Sochi

Doing anything without Russian help will be hard

(Newser) - The US has sent two warships to the Black Sea and put planes on standby in Europe as it prepares to evacuate its Olympians from Sochi in the event of an attack. But officials fear their preparations might not be enough, reports NBC News , which describes the effort as "... More »

19K Evacuated Amid Indonesia Volcano Eruption

Panic follows latest blast, but no one reported hurt

(Newser) - A rumbling volcano in western Indonesia that has been spewing lava and clouds of gas high into the sky has let out a new, powerful burst, prompting warnings for airplanes and triggering panic among villagers, officials said. Nine eruptions have sent lava and searing gas tumbling out of Mount Sinabung... More »

Obama Eyes 'Further Action' in South Sudan

Almost 700 evacuated, including 380 Americans: State Department

(Newser) - With South Sudan facing the threat of a civil war, the US evacuated its citizens from the country over the weekend, and Washington is prepared to intervene further on Americans' behalf, President Obama told Congress in a letter. "I may take further action to support the security of US... More »

Americans Flee War-Torn South Sudan

But the UN doubles down as violence spreads

(Newser) - The State Department flew 15 Americans out of South Sudan today amid rising violence that killed hundreds of people and wounded four US troops there this week, CNN reports. The Americans showed up at the UN camp in Bor, South Sudan, and evacuated in coordination with the UN and the... More »

Colorado Fire Sets Destruction Record

Death toll now at 2

(Newser) - The Black Forest Fire, near Colorado Springs, has claimed 360 homes, a record for the state, the Denver Post notes in its live blog. Meanwhile, 15,700 acres have burned and the fire is just 5% contained—and the death toll now stands at two. Some 38,000 have evacuated,... More »

Colo. Fire Forces Evacuation of 900 Prisoners

4 blazes have destroyed dozens of homes

(Newser) - Wildfires are raging in Colorado, and one of them caused more than 900 prisoners to be evacuated from a state prison early today. The medium- and low-risk prisoners were taken by bus to other prisons, a spokesperson tells the AP . The fire hasn't actually reached the Colorado Territorial Correctional... More »

Princeton Evacuates Over Bomb Threat

But most students aren't on campus anyway

(Newser) - Princeton University has evacuated, citing "a bomb threat to multiple unspecified campus buildings." In a 10:26am post on the school website , the Office of Communications told staffers and students not to "return to campus for any reason until advised otherwise." In follow-up Twitter posts, the... More »

Threat Prompts Evacuation at Richmond Airport

'Credible' threat shuts down terminal for 3 1/2 hours

(Newser) - Richmond International Airport was evacuated this morning around 6am following a phoned-in threat that was deemed credible, WAVY reports. Multiple federal, state, and local agencies and K-9 teams found nothing unusual in a search. At 8am, some 200 people stood about a quarter-mile from the terminal, the AP reports via... More »

Evacuation Flub Spooks LAX

Displays accidentally tell passengers to clear out

(Newser) - Passengers at LAX were treated to a scare last night, after flight display boards told them to evacuate in response to an emergency. Turns out the message was an accident, airport authorities say. The message appeared at 9:47pm. "After the mistake was discovered, airport staff removed the message... More »

Body, Explosives Found in Florida Dorm Room

Man dead in apparent suicide at University of Central Florida

(Newser) - The University of Central Florida cancelled morning classes and evacuated roughly 500 students from a dorm today after police found explosive devices while investigating an apparent suicide on campus; a rep for the school says the dead male was a student at the university. Police were called to the campus'... More »

Planes Sent to Evacuate Russians in Syria

As power outage strikes Damascus

(Newser) - Moscow sent two planes to pick up Russian citizens trapped in Syria's civil war today as a power outage struck Damascus and a swath of the country's south, report Russia Today and the AP . The Russian planes were headed for Beirut, where about 100 people, mostly women and... More »

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