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16 Dead as Chile's Historic Valparaiso Burns

500 homes destroyed so far in Valparaiso

(Newser) - Chile has been rocked by earthquakes lately , and now a fire raging in the colorful port city of Valparaiso has killed at least 16 people and destroyed 500 homes, President Michelle Bachelet said today. More than 10,000 people have been evacuated, including more than 200 female inmates at a... More »

The World's 5 Most Disaster-Prone Cities

Asia is apparently especially risky, insurer's rankings suggest

(Newser) - In the wake of Chile's earthquake, the Guardian was wondering which cities were the riskiest to live in from a natural-disaster perspective. So they checked with a source with a vested interest in knowing precisely that: The re-insurance company Swiss Re. Here are the five cities it's most... More »

Disasters: There Needs to Be an App for That

The world needs top-notch science apps: Daniel Miller

(Newser) - Enough with the online shopping and Angry Birds: We need apps just as handy to serve a more noble purpose. Daniel Miller warned of the Washington state mudslide ahead of time, but the information he provided wasn't readily accessible to those who would be affected, he writes in the... More »

3 Dead, 18 Missing in Massive Wash. Mudslide

Search for people trapped continued overnight

(Newser) - Three people were killed in a massive mudslide in Washington state yesterday, and rescuers were chasing voices of people thought to be trapped well into the dark, reports the Seattle Times . At least 18 people are now confirmed missing, adds CNN . The mudslide took out a highway near Oso, Wash.... More »

Here's How Earth Could Really End: Scientists

Global warming, pandemic, fungus ... a not-fun time for everyone

(Newser) - From Planet of the Apes to After Earth, Hollywood has depicted Earth's demise many a time—but scientists' fears of planetary catastrophe are just as scary, LiveScience reports. Here are a few Doomsday scenarios as imagined by scientific minds:
  • Global warming: Scientists call this the biggest threat of all.
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Series of Blunders Worsened Haiyan's Hit

Officials, residents didn't know how bad typhoon would be

(Newser) - As the Philippines prepared for Typhoon Haiyan, the president told officials his goal: a "zero-casualty" event. Instead, despite the days of warning officials had, the death toll currently stands at 5,235, most in and around Tacloban. What happened? The Wall Street Journal takes an extensive look at the... More »

US Carrier Arrives in Philippines Amid Logistics Nightmare

Volunteer surgeons working by flashlight in disaster zone

(Newser) - Help is finally beginning to reach hundreds of thousands of people struggling to survive in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The USS George Washington and two US cruisers have arrived in the Philippines and will distribute food, water, and medicine, as well as assist search and rescue operations in what... More »

New Storm Hits Reeling Philippines

Tropical depression Zoraida carries heavy rains; country pushes for climate action

(Newser) - A new storm has struck the Philippines with heavy rain. Fortunately, Tropical Depression Zoraida landed almost 300 miles from the worst of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, the Wall Street Journal notes, and the latest storm—the 25th to hit the country this year—has been downgraded to a low-pressure area,... More »

Typhoon Survivors Desperate to Flee Destroyed City

US sends aircraft carrier to Philippines

(Newser) - In Tacloban, the Philippine city at the center of Typhoon Haiyan's devastation, scenes of desperation and misery are everywhere, the AP reports. When two Philippine Air Force planes landed at the city's airport earlier today, they were swarmed by a crowd of thousands of people—some holding babies... More »

Amid Philippines Horror, 'Miracle' Baby Born

In typhoon's wake, international relief focuses on destroyed city of Tacloban

(Newser) - In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, President Benigno Aquino has today declared a "state of national calamity," which will speed up the release of emergency funds and set price controls on grocery staples. Outside help is beginning to reach parts of the central Philippines, as more horrific stories... More »

Typhoon May Be Deadliest Disaster Ever in Philippines

Haiyan being called one of 'most powerful' typhoons ever as well

(Newser) - Haiyan has arrived in Vietnam a much quieter storm; it's been reduced to a Category 1, the BBC reports, with sustained winds reaching 85mph. But in the Philippines, the devastation continues after what the New York Times calls one of history's "most powerful" typhoons; it is the... More »

Typhoon Death Toll Jumps to 10K —in 1 City

'People are walking like zombies,' says survivor

(Newser) - As many as 10,000 people are thought to have died—in a single city—in the wrath of Typhoon Haiyan, a jolting estimate that surfaced today as the reeling Philippines began to take stock of the storm's devastating aftermath. Leyte province's capital, Tacloban, bore the brunt of... More »

Japan Marks 2 Years Since Quake, Tsunami

300K still displaced as recovery continues

(Newser) - Japan fell silent today to mark the second anniversary of the country's worst natural disaster in living memory, an earthquake and subsequent tsunami that left 19,000 people dead or missing and devastated large areas along its northeast coast. "I pray that the peaceful lives of those affected... More »

Cuomo: $42B Sandy Worse Than Katrina

Storm cost $42B: New York governor

(Newser) - So, where does Hurricane Sandy fall on the scale of recent disasters? Somewhere above Katrina, at least according to Andrew Cuomo. "Hurricane Katrina, in many ways, was not as impactful as Hurricane Sandy, believe it or not," the New York governor said. "Because of the density of... More »

6.8 Quake Kills 12 in Burma

Gold mine collapses in temblor

(Newser) - A strong earthquake of magnitude-6.8 struck northern Burma today, collapsing a bridge and a gold mine, damaging several old Buddhist pagodas and leaving as many as 12 people feared dead. A slow release of official information left the actual extent of the damage unclear; the epicenter was near the... More »

Sandy's Death Toll Jumps to 72

6M still without power; New Jersey hardest hit

(Newser) - The death toll from Hurricane Sandy has spiked to at least 72 in eight states, the Wall Street Journal reports, a figure that is of course expected to rise as cleanup efforts continue. At least 30 of those deaths occurred in New York City, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Most... More »

Video Shows Sandy, From 'Life to Landfall'

NASA compiles satellite images

(Newser) - A new video from NASA offers a look at Sandy from her formation in the Caribbean on Oct. 21 to landfall in the US this week. The 20-second compilation of satellite images makes one thing clear, notes Garth Johnston at the Gothamist . "Damn, she was a big lady!" More »

Sandy, by the Numbers

AP has the death toll at 40

(Newser) - A look at some of the numbers as of this evening on the East Coast regarding superstorm Sandy:
  • Death toll: The AP has it at 40 in the US, with most victims killed by falling trees. That includes at least 12 in New York City, reports the Daily News . (Other
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Sandy Likely to Cost More Than Hurricane Irene

Damage estimates suggest $20B

(Newser) - It looks like superstorm Sandy is going to trump last year's Hurricane Irene in terms of damage costs, reports Reuters . The upper end of estimates is about $20 billion, while Irene came in under $16 billion, notes the Christian Science Monitor . "Sandy event is much more severe,"... More »

Obama Declares Major Disaster Area as Sandy Kills 16

More misery ahead as superstorm heads west

(Newser) - Superstorm Sandy is slowly moving inland, leaving a trail of devastation across the Northeast even as President Obama quickly declared major disaster areas in New York and New Jersey. The storm has killed at least 16 people in seven states, adding to the 69 people it killed in the Caribbean.... More »

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