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Giant WWII Bomb Explodes During Defusing

It was under water, and no injuries were reported near Swinoujscie, Poland

(Newser) - A plan to safely defuse an enormous World War II bomb found in Poland didn't go according to plan on Tuesday. The six-ton British "Tallboy," found under water last year in a canal in the city of Swinoujscie, instead detonated, reports the BBC . Luckily, nobody was hurt,... More »

With Glacier Collapse Looming, an 'Urgent' Evacuation

Residents, tourists in Italian resort town are sent elsewhere due to risk of falling Mont Blanc ice

(Newser) - As scientists nervously keep tabs on a giant section of ice in danger of falling off a Mont Blanc glacier, homes have been evacuated in the resort town of Courmayeur in Italy's Aosta Valley, while visitors have been told to go elsewhere. "We will find [alternative] solutions for... More »

Someone Tried to Recycle a Civil War Cannonball

Michigan's Kent County recycling center evacuated Tuesday

(Newser) - "DO NOT RECYCLE CANNONBALLS." That was the message from a county commissioner in Michigan on Tuesday after a Kent County resident tried to, well, recycle a cannonball. Grand Rapids police evacuated the county recycling center just after noon Tuesday after finding a live cannonball believed to have a... More »

2.6M Forced to Flee Super-Cyclone —in a Pandemic

Amphan makes landfall around India-Bangladesh border

(Newser) - A process is underway to move 2.6 million people from isolation to shelters in India and Bangladesh with a super-cyclone making landfall. Amphan, the first super-cyclone in the Bay of Bengal since 1999, has already claimed one life as it plowed into the India-Bangladesh border on Wednesday morning. A... More »

After 2 Dams Fail, Mich. Gov. Warns of 9 Feet of Water

Whitmer urges thousands in affected areas of Midland County in Michigan to evacuate

(Newser) - Two dams have failed in a Michigan county, leading the state's governor to declare a state of emergency and issue dire warnings to residents to evacuate affected areas. AccuWeather reports that the Edenville and Sanford dams in Midland County breached Tuesday night after heavy rains and flash flooding, and... More »

US Evacuates Americans From Ship, But Some Aren't Happy

14 passengers on evacuation flights tested positive for coronavirus

(Newser) - The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US almost doubled overnight with the arrival of two planes carrying American citizens evacuated from a cruise ship in Japan. Officials say they were notified during the evacuation process that 14 of the passengers had tested positive for COVID-19, reports CNBC . The... More »

Coronavirus Evacuation Flight Lands in Alaska

Authorities say all passengers passed screening

(Newser) - A flight evacuating more than 200 American citizens from Wuhan, the Chinese city at the center of the coronavirus outbreak, landed in Alaska on Tuesday night—and none of them developed symptoms during the flight. Authorities say the evacuees, who were screened before leaving China, were checked again at Ted... More »

Here Comes the Lava: 500K Filipinos Told to Evacuate

Small but dangerous Taal volcano erupts

(Newser) - At a modest 1,020 feet, the Taal volcano in the Philippines is one of the world's smallest, notes the AP . But because so many people live nearby, it's also considered one of the world's most dangerous, a volcanologist tells CNN . Nearly half a million people near... More »

Thousands Flee Volcanic Eruption

Taal Volcano in the Philippines has been restive since last year

(Newser) - A small volcano near the Philippine capital that draws tourists for its picturesque setting in a lake erupted with a massive plume of ash and steam Sunday, prompting the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and forcing Manila's international airport to shut down, the AP reports. The Philippine... More »

50K Under Evacuation Order After Texas Explosion

It wasn't safe to return for Thanksgiving

(Newser) - More than 50,000 people in Port Neches, Texas, and surrounding towns spent Thanksgiving away from home after officials decided not to lift a mandatory evacuation order. The order was put in place after an explosion early Wednesday at the Texas Petroleum Chemical plant around 80 miles east of Houston... More »

The Jazz Beat the Warriors. Then Someone Found a Shoebox

Salt Lake City's Vivint Smart Home Arena evacuated after 'suspicious' package found

(Newser) - The Utah Jazz beat the Golden State Warriors Friday night 113-109, but unexpected excitement came after the last ball had been thrown. Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City was evacuated just minutes after the NBA game had ended, Fox News reports. The cause of the clear-out: Salt Lake... More »

They Were Voting on a Bill. Then the 'Blood' Rained Down

Woman allegedly hurled menstrual cup with what 'appeared to be blood' at Calif. state senators

(Newser) - California's state senators trying to get through the last day of the legislative year in Sacramento got a somewhat early break Friday after a protester's actions spurred the evacuation of the Capitol's chambers. The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times report that around 5:15pm, as the... More »

1M Ordered to Leave Homes as Dorian Approaches

Evacuation orders issued in SC, Georgia, Florida

(Newser) - More than a million people in three states have been ordered to leave their homes as Hurricane Dorian slowly moves toward the East Coast. South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster and Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp have ordered the evacuation of their state's entire Atlantic coastlines, the AP reports. The storm,... More »

Bar Owner Faults Patrons Kicked Out Amid Tornado

He says they were 'too intoxicated to understand' they were in 'danger' behind 'wall-to-wall glass'

(Newser) - The owner of a bar near Mississippi State University is defending his decision to kick out some 250 people as a tornado raged nearby . Bin 612 owner Ty Thames has weathered a storm of his own since ordering patrons out of the Starkville bar beginning around 9:45pm Saturday, as... More »

The UK May Decide to Evacuate the Queen

It all depends on how Brexit goes

(Newser) - In a few weeks, the Queen of England may well be at an undisclosed location—if, that is, her nation fails to reach a Brexit deal and the streets erupt in violence, the Guardian reports. Two Sunday papers say Britain has re-activated Cold War plans to evacuate Her Majesty should... More »

On 6th Anniversary of Sandy Hook, a Nerve-Wracking Morning

Sandy Hook Elementary students sent home after bomb threat called in; it appears it was a hoax

(Newser) - The sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting is a hard-enough day for the community of Newtown, Conn.—and it was made worse Friday morning by a bomb threat that forced Sandy Hook Elementary School to be evacuated. The Newtown Police Department says it was on the receiving end... More »

CNN Tonight Goes Off the Air After NYC Bomb Threat

Caller claimed there were 5 devices in building

(Newser) - CNN says its New York offices and studios have been given the all-clear after a bomb threat was phoned in Thursday night. The threat at Manhattan's Time Warner Center forced the evacuation of the facility and the closure of part of West 58th Street to vehicle and pedestrian... More »

'I Just Want to Go Back to My Dirt'

Number missing in California's Camp Fire jumps dramatically

(Newser) - The list of people unaccounted for in the Camp Fire rose dramatically from 297 to 631 Thursday—and while many of them may be people who failed to contact loved ones after evacuating, authorities fear the death toll is also going to jump. "The level of chaos we were... More »

After Clinton, Obama Packages, CNN HQ Is Evacuated

NYPD is on the case at Time Warner Center

(Newser) - First came a pipe bomb discovered Monday in George Soros' mailbox, then the announcement Wednesday of the Secret Service's interception of "two suspicious packages" meant for the offices of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama (Clinton's package was said to contain a "functional explosive device"). Now... More »

1M Ordered to Evacuate as Florence Approaches

Hurricane is 'very Harvey-esque'

(Newser) - "We're not going to gamble with the lives of the people of South Carolina," says Gov. Henry McMaster, who has ordered the mandatory evacuation of the state's entire coastline, effective noon Tuesday, as Hurricane Florence closes in. McMaster says lanes on four main roads leading from... More »

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