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Natural disasters

Central Idaho rocked by hundreds of earthquakes
Scientists are stumped as they try to determine exactly why the state of Idaho has been hit with hundreds of low- and medium-level earthquakes since late March.

16.04.2014 19:17

No room for error? Fukushima basements mistakenly flooded with 200 tons of radioactive water
A pump at Japan’s battered Fukushima power plant has mistakenly flooded its basements with highly contaminated cooling-tank water. But the latest mishap follows a far more worrying discovery about one last year’s leak.

14.04.2014 05:06

Oklahoma breaks record with hundreds of earthquakes after fracking intensifies
A series of earthquakes over the weekend continued to break alarming records of seismic activity in Oklahoma, which some scientists say is linked to increased fracking operations in the state.

07.04.2014 17:21

‘Throat of Fire’: One of Latin America's most active volcanos erupts, spews ash and molten rock
Ecuador's Tungurahua volcano erupted on Friday, spewing a huge column of molten rock and ash which surged 10 kilometers (six miles) above the volcano's crater following two strong explosions.

05.04.2014 02:51

'Ring of Fire' fears renewed following earthquakes in California, Chile and Panama
A rash of earthquakes within the last week along a section of the Earth infamous for seismic activity is causing concern that more tremors will soon occur near the ominously named “Ring of Fire.”

03.04.2014 14:13

Chile earthquakes 2014
Chile has been rocked by multiple earthquakes over the last two days. Six people died in the quake. Almost a million people have been displaced, with evacuation procedures in neighboring states as well.

03.04.2014 06:24

Animals fleeing Yellowstone spark fears of volcanic eruption
Videos of bison seemingly fleeing Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming have sparked concerns among some bloggers that recent seismic activity could trigger the eruption of the park’s so-called supervolcano.

02.04.2014 14:57

Fukushima radiation ‘unlikely’ to increase cancer rates – UN report
Fallout from the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown is unlikely to increase cancer rates in Japan, a UN study has found. Nevertheless investigators say that children most exposed to radiation could run a greater risk of contracting thyroid cancer.

02.04.2014 09:49

Following more than 100 aftershocks, Californians fear ‘The quake from Hell’
Experts now fear that the 5.1 magnitude earthquake that rocked Southern California on Friday evening could be a mere sampling of what’s to come if more seismic activity occurs along the Puente Hills thrust fault.

01.04.2014 14:12

Rescuers face dangerous toxins in Washington state mudslide recovery operation
While falling rain has already complicated the search for survivors in Washington state’s devastating mudslide, another obstacle has presented itself in the form of potentially dangerous chemicals and sewage.

31.03.2014 19:04

​5.1 quake hits California, 20 miles southeast of Los Angeles
A 5.1-magnitude quake struck near the city of La Habra, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) southeast of downtown Los Angeles. The tremor was felt across California on Friday, along with at least 100 aftershocks.

29.03.2014 05:33

States unite to fight fracking-linked earthquakes
As concerns over fracking-induced earthquakes mount, regulators from four US states met for the first time in March to discuss limiting the risk posed by the controversial practice.

27.03.2014 17:02

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