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Natural disasters

Heat & drought fuel Washington state wildfires
Wildfires in central Washington State have torched about 3,000 acres, or four square miles, around the town of Wenatchee. At least 24 homes and four local businesses have been burned, but no serious injuries have been reported.

30.06.2015 15:12

Crude oil leaks into water supply after pipeline rupture in Siberia
A breakage of a pipeline operated by Russia’s state Rosneft oil company could spell ecological disaster after it caused crude oil to spill into the floodwaters of a local river.

30.06.2015 11:05

New wildfire sends smoke billowing over Chernobyl exclusion zone
A wall of smoke was seen rising over the exclusion zone around the crippled Chernobyl nuclear power plant on Tuesday as Ukrainian emergency services scrambled helicopters to extinguish a wildfire.

30.06.2015 09:56

Oz-some! Ukrainians shocked by huge twister in their region (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
A tornado hit several villages in the Dnepropetrovsk region in Ukraine’s south this week. Locals reported that roofs were blown off, trees torn from the ground, and fish from the river covered the roads, adding they had never seen anything like it before.

28.06.2015 14:10

Ex-Olympic city flooded: Sochi F1 track, airport, cars under water (VIDEO, PHOTOS)
Local authorities in Sochi, Russia, are struggling to cope with a flash flood that came after two days of torrential rain in the host city of last year’s Winter Olympic Games.

25.06.2015 10:48

'May suck in a boat': Giant vortex in southern US lake wows onlookers (VIDEO)
A mysterious giant vortex has appeared in Lake Texoma, between Texas and Oklahoma. The phenomenon shot on video appears to be draining the lake right in front of puzzled onlookers. The footage has caused a stir online.

25.06.2015 08:34

California wildfire forces hundreds to flee their homes (PHOTOS)
About 1,000 people have been evacuated from a Los Angeles suburb as firefighters struggle to contain a three-alarm brush fire that is threatening some 500 homes.

25.06.2015 01:14

Plague of Astrakhan: Locust swarm blots out the sun in Russian region (VIDEO)
Near-Biblical scenes are emerging from the Astrakhan region in southern Russia, which has been invaded by giant swarms of locusts. Local authorities have scrambled vehicles and aircraft to combat the infestation.

23.06.2015 15:49

Penguin missing from flood-ravaged Tbilisi Zoo found hiding in debris
Rescue workers cleaning up the zoo in the Georgian capital, which was hit hard by a massive flood earlier this month, have found one of its missing penguins alive. The bird was hiding in the zoo, in the debris of the predators’ enclosure.

23.06.2015 14:14

Tornados & storms wreak havoc in US Mid-West, Great Lakes area (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The US Mid-West and Great Lakes region have been battered by severe storms. A tornado hit Coal City, some 60 miles (97km) southwest of Chicago, injuring seven people, while five people had to be rescued in the state of Michigan.

23.06.2015 09:16

6th mass extinction already here as species disappear 100 times faster - study
The world is on the brink of its sixth mass extinction, as animals are disappearing 100 times faster than previously, scientists warned in a new report. They also say humanity could be among the first victims of this extinction.

20.06.2015 07:51

200 homes evacuated, 300 acres burned in uncontained Arizona blaze (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
​About 200 homes and roughly 300 people have been evacuated in Kearny, Arizona as a large brush fire raged, threatening buildings and evading containment by firefighters.

18.06.2015 00:20