Category: Natural Disasters

Deadly volcano erupts in Mexico after quake devastates capital city

JAW-DROPPING footage has emerged of a volcano erupting in the aftermath of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Mexico City. Terrified residents looked on in horror as the Popocatépetl volcano burst into life as the earthquake tore through the Mexican capital. In the clip posted to social media, a large plume of smoke is seen erupting into the sky from the top of the volcano, which is known to be very active with it erupting last month. According to reports, 15 people were killed when a church on the slopes of the volcano collapsed during mass following the latest eruption....

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Maria Slams Puerto Rico, One Million Without Power, Could Be Months Without Power

Hurricane Maria has knocked out power to the entire island of Puerto Rico. The director of the State Agency for Emergency Management and Disaster Management, Abner Gómez, said in a press conference that 100 percent of the subscribers of the island’s Electric Energy Authority are affected. “When we can get outside – we will find our island destroyed,” Gómez said. ” The information we received is not encouraging. It’s a system that has destroyed everything it has had in its wake.” The storm has also destroyed 80 percent of the homes in a neighborhood in Catano, a suburb of San Juan,...

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More than 700 troops deployed to assist with Harvey threat

HOUSTON – At the behest of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, more than 700 members of the Texas Army and Air National Guards, Texas State Guard and the Texas Military Department have been activated and are positioning themselves throughout the state ahead of Hurricane Harvey and its anticipated landfall later this week. “This is what we train for,” said Brig. Gen. Patrick M. Hamilton, commander of the Domestic Operations Task Force. “And we’re proud to stand beside our civilian partners, first responders and volunteers to serve the citizens of Texas.”     Additional personnel remain on standby to respond as needed. “This is Texans...

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Gov. Abbott declares state of disaster for 30 counties in Texas

In anticipation of Tropical Depression Harvey making landfall in the Gulf Coast region, Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday preemptively declared a State of Disaster for 30 counties, including Jefferson. Also on the list are Chambers and Galveston counties. Forecasts from the National Weather Service and National Hurricane Center expect the storm to intensify Friday night, which is likely to cause severe flooding, storm surges and damaging winds around Texas. Earlier Wednesday, the governor ordered the State Operations Center to “elevate its readiness level as the storm approaches.” He made all of the state’s resources available to assist in preparation....

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US Weather Disasters Double Average Resulting in Record-Breaking $5 Billion

This U.S. has seen 5,000+ reports of wind damage, large hail and tornadoes so far in 2017. The U.S. has endured a destructive start to 2017 from the multiple severe weather outbreaks since January. There have been 5,372 preliminary reports of severe weather across the United States in 2017 through April 8, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center (SPC). That figure includes reports of tornadoes, large hail and wind damage. This is more than than double the average of 2,274 for the same period of time during the past 10 years (2007-2016). In that decade, only 2008 had about the same number of severe...

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