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The only show that made ANY sense about 'natural disasters' ran on the History Channel and was called 'Life After People' ... that's when all these 'natural events' can be placed in proper context, namely, the only time ANY of 'em constitute a 'disaster' is when they strike an area populated by humans. Remove people and - VIOLA! - no problem ...
It was a what if show. Actually series, I watched it to. And what some of them showed other TV shows about the infrastructure are real.

As is life which hasn't left... But to each their own opinion...
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Seems mother earth shaked up a bit...

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Indonesia volcano erupts, spews lava and gas

Fri Mar 11, 6:53 am ET


JAKARTA, Indonesia – One of Indonesia's most active volcanos has erupted, sending lava and searing gas clouds tumbling down its slopes.

Volcanology official Agus Budianto said Friday that authorities were still trying to evacuate residents living along the slopes of Mount Karangetang.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage.

The 5,853-foot (1,784-meter) mountain is located on Siau, part of the Sulawesi island chain. It last erupted in August, killing four people.

Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago, is located on the so-called Pacific "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanos and fault lines encircling the Pacific Basin.

The eruption happened hours after a massive earthquake in Japan that triggered a Pacific-wide tsunami.
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Japan was the center for the largest earthquake, a 8.9. Picture and video's at the site.
Plus waves are hitting all alone our west coast from this.

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Hundreds killed in tsunami after 8.9 Japan quake

By MALCOLM FOSTER, Associated Press – 34 mins ago


TOKYO – A ferocious tsunami spawned by one of the largest earthquakes on record slammed Japan's eastern coast Friday, killing hundreds of people as it swept away ships, cars and homes while widespread fires burned out of control.

Hours later, the tsunami hit Hawaii but did not cause major damage. Warnings blanketed the Pacific, putting areas on alert as far away as South America, Canada, Alaska and the entire U.S. West coast. In northeastern Japan, the area around a nuclear power plant was evacuated after the reactor's cooling system failed.

Police said 200 to 300 bodies were found in the northeastern coastal city of Sendai, the city in Miyagi prefecture, or state, closest to the epicenter. Another 137 were confirmed killed, with 531 people missing. Police also said 627 people were injured.

The magnitude-8.9 offshore quake unleashed a 23-foot (seven-meter) tsunami and was followed for hours by more than 50 aftershocks, many of them of more than magnitude 6.0.

Dozens of cities and villages along a 1,300-mile (2,100-kilometer) stretch of coastline were shaken by violent tremors that reached as far away as Tokyo, hundreds of miles (kilometers) from the epicenter. A large section of Kesennuma, a town of 70,000 people in Miyagi, burned furiously into the night with no apparent hope of being extinguished, public broadcaster NHK said.

"The earthquake has caused major damage in broad areas in northern Japan," Prime Minister Naoto Kan said at a news conference.

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Well another earthquake has hit in Myanmar, near Thailand and Laos. I guess the other top news stories in the M.E. and Japan put this one on the back burner.
Yet as one video at the uper left at the site shows it wasn't petty nor without damage.

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Survivors struggle in remote Myanmar quake areas

by Soe Than Win – Sat Mar 26, 11:29 am ET


TARLAY, Myanmar (AFP) – Survivors surveyed the wreckage of their Myanmar villages on Saturday as details of an earthquake that left 75 dead and reduced homes to rubble began to trickle out of remote areas.

The powerful 6.8 magnitude quake struck in the east of the country near the borders with Thailand and Laos late on Thursday and was felt as far away as the Vietnamese capital Hanoi.

Tachileik town and nearby Tarlay and Mong Lin in Myanmar's Shan state appeared to have been most severely affected by the quake, which flattened hundreds of houses and toppled monasteries and government buildings.

In Tarlay a few rescue teams were seen picking through the rubble of buildings, a bridge was destroyed and the roads were riven with huge cracks.

"The whole village is gone," said Nan Myint, tearfully explaining that she had lost her father, nephew and sister-in-law in the quake, which happened while she was in Yangon.

"I came back as soon as I heard about the earthquake. Some of my relatives are still in the hospital in Tachileik," she told AFP, adding authorities have supported her with a 350,000 kyats (about $400) payment.

"I have no idea what we should do in the future because my house is totally destroyed. I do not want to stay here."

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Japan had another earthquake and so did Mexico.

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Thu Apr 7, 11:47 am ET


MEXICO CITY – A magnitude-6.5 earthquake shook a wide area of southern and central Mexico on Thursday, sending people fleeing into the streets, but causing only minor reported damage.

The epicenter was located near Las Choapas, a town of about 83,000 residents about 370 miles (600 kilometers) southeast of Mexico City. It swayed buildings for several seconds in the capital, and in the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, people ran from their homes and school children assembled on playgrounds.

Near the epicenter, cracks in walls forced the evacuation of one elementary school, said Bernabe Hernandez Perez, head of civil protection in Las Choapas.

Gov. Javier Duarte de Ochoa said earlier that he had no reports of damage in the oil-producing state.

"Veracruz is completely quiet without problems," he told state television. "It was felt all over the state, but nothing major happened. It was only a scare."

The temblor also was felt strongly in the state of Chiapas, bordering Guatemala, where there also were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, as well as the Pacific coast state of Guerrero.

The U.S. Geological survey said the quake hit at a depth of 104 miles (167 kilometers).
Earthquake shakes wide area of southern Mexico - Yahoo! News

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I should have placed several of the newer items on storms, valcano's, floods,
tornado's and any other natural distastes in this thread.

My bad.. and I won't bother the mods to do it for me. So here goes another one, which has been burning for several days now.

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Arizona fire officials lift evacuation for 2 towns

By Zelie Pollon – 52 mins ago


LUNA, New Mexico (Reuters) – Forest fire crews along the Arizona-New Mexico border braced for another day of high winds and low humidity on Sunday, battling a monster blaze that has forced as many as 10,000 people from their homes and charred 680 square miles.

Much of the effort on the fifteenth day of the Wallow Fire was focused on keeping flames from encroaching on Luna, New Mexico, a village of about 200 people at the edge of the Apache Sitgreaves National Forest near the easternmost flank of the blaze.

Meanwhile, 7,000 to 8,000 residents from two eastern Arizona towns evacuated last week, Springerville and Eager, were allowed to return to their homes as authorities determined the fire no longer posed an immediate danger to them.

But returning evacuees were warned that lingering smoke and soot in the air posed risks for children and people with health problems.

Some 1,900 Arizona additional residents from elsewhere across the fire zone remained displaced, U.S. Forest Service spokeswoman Suzanne Flory said.

Fire officials in New Mexico told Reuters that an estimated 3,900 structures -- homes and nonresidential buildings combined -- were still under a fire threat.

With some 4,300 personnel assigned to ground crews battling the blaze, about half were on the New Mexico side of the border, laboring to clear fire breaks around Luna and other populated areas.

As of Sunday morning the blaze, which erupted in the White Mountains region of eastern Arizona on May 29 from what authorities suspect was an unattended campfire, had crept to within a mile of the New Mexico border but had not yet crossed the line.

Fire officials said earlier reports of the blaze entering New Mexico stemmed from confusion over controlled burns conducted in recent days to remove tinder-dry brush and trees as potential fuel for advancing flames.

"It's a heads-up day for us," fire information officer Stan Hinatsu said on Sunday morning, explaining that rising temperatures, falling humidity and higher winds would combine to worsen conditions for firefighters.

A Red Flag warning, indicating extreme fire danger, was posted for a second straight day after two days of relatively calm winds that had allowed fire crews to finally begin to curtail the blaze.

Firefighters have managed to carve a perimeter of "containment" around 6 percent of the conflagration, but Forest Service officials said they had a long way to go.

The latest aerial infrared images of the fire showed it has consumed over 435,000 acres, or 680 square miles, of pine-studded forest, ranking it as the second-largest blaze on record in Arizona. The state's biggest wildfire ever was the Rodeo-Chediski fire in eastern Arizona, which charred nearly 469,000 acres in 2002.

The Wallow Fire has destroyed a total of 29 homes so far, 22 of those in the town of Greer, Arizona, a small mountain retreat of about 200 dwellings, plus 35 nonresidential structures, according to the Forest Service. No serious injuries have been reported.

(Additional reporting by David Schwartz; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Barbara Goldberg)
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Just another one south of our boarders.. And one can except more along the Pacific Rim as always happens when one strike in Chile...

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Earthquake rattles northern Chile

1 hr 20 mins ago


SANTIAGO, Chile – A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled a sparsely populated area of northern Chile on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The quake's epicenter was located about 55 miles (90 kilometers) west of Calama in northern Chile, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The earthquake at 12:35 p.m. local time (12:35 p.m. EDT; 1635 GMT) lasted about a minute and was felt most strongly in northern cities including Iquique, Alto Hospicio and Pica.

In the port city of Iquique, some people fled from shaking buildings into the streets, but there were no reports of victims or damage, state television reported.

Chile's national emergency office said no emergencies were reported related to the quake.

The Chilean navy's oceanography service said that the quake did not pose any threat of triggering a tsunami.
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What did I say," some where on the Pacific Rim another quake well happen soon after the one in Chile"

Well this is the first to happen so far I know about.

Video at site on the upper left: Earthquakes Video:Report: Big Earthquake Could Really Shake LA's EconomyCBS 2 / KCAL 9 Los Angeles

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Magnitude-6.7 quake hits Japan

Wed Jun 22, 7:22 pm ET


NEW YORK – A magnitude-6.7 earthquake rattled northeast Japan on Thursday morning, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

It was the same area of the Pacific where a massive magnitude 9 quake hit on March 11, triggering a deadly tsunami. At least 23,000 people were killed or left missing in those disasters, which destroyed hundreds of homes, offices and factories in northeastern Japan.

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a tsunami warning for Iwate Prefecture after the quake, but canceled it about an hour later.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami warning center said that it did not expect a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries in the quake that hit at 6:50 a.m. Thursday (2150 GMT Wednesday).

It was offshore from Honshu island, and was some 325 miles (524 kilometers) northeast of Tokyo, the USGS said. The quake was 19.9 miles (32 kilometers) deep.
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I am posting this here for 2 reasons, 1. Humans are nature events. 2. It got buried as soon as I posted it in the Current News, with Amreican's like babies something.

Man some of the useless news members post is unbelievable. Sure a child name is imporant yet does it over take a Amtrax and Tractor trailer crash where people were injured?

And when the driver was thinking of himself while in a 3 vehical convoy, and in doing his thing he created a real mess.

I had the original news report opened when I logged off yesterday. Yet now some of the facts are in.

My first reaction yesterday was oh "they want hi-speed rail systems".. Then today after reading this news report.

I am thinking just how far have we gone as a sociality when so many put others at risk because another person is "a me first" type of a person.

What happened to being responsible? Knowing your neighbors, being nice to others, considering others first? etc., etc. Like with Politics we have allowed our society to take a nose dive into the pit of hell.

And troops doing the right thing are serving these people.

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Drivers, engineer watched Nev. Amtrak crash unfold

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press – 14 mins ago


SPARKS, Nev. – Two truck drivers and a train engineer watched helplessly as a semitrailer skidded the length of a football field before it smashed through crossing gates and into two double-decker cars of an Amtrak train at a highway crossing, killing at least six people.

The drivers were part of a three-truck convoy that saw the gates come down and the warning lights go off as the California Zephyr approached, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said Saturday.

They stopped, but the driver of the big rig in the lead did not, he said.

Investigators on Sunday planned to look over the scene for any clues as to why the truck driver plowed through the railroad crossing on Friday. It's expected to take up to a year to pinpoint the cause of the crash.

The Churchill County Sheriff's office said Saturday that six people had died in the crash. The truck driver and train conductor were among the dead.

The conductor, 68-year-old Laurette Lee of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., came from a railroad family. Her great-grandfather and grandfather worked for railroad companies, her brother is an Amtrak dispatcher and her nephew is an Amtrak conductor, Lee's friends and family told the San Jose Mercury News.

Weener said 28 people were unaccounted for in the crash, but that the figure was "spongy" because some passengers may have gotten off the train before the crash or walked away from the scene without checking with officials.

"This is not quite like you are used to when you get on an airplane. They record exactly who gets on, and what seat they sit in," he said. "On a train, you can get off without necessarily being tracked."

About 20 people were injured, and the United Transportation Union said the train's assistant conductor was among those seriously hurt. Weener said a passenger manifest counted 210 on board, but Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said 204 passengers and 14 crew members were on the train at the time.

"We are going to be working in the next several days to get more of that (unaccounted) number down the best we can," Weener said.

At the time of the collision, Weener said visibility was excellent and the crossing gates and warning lights were working.

The train's engineer saw the truck approaching the crossing about 70 miles east of Reno and realized the collision was inevitable, he said.

The engineer slammed on the emergency brakes, but the train, which was going about 78 mph in an 80-mph zone, traveled a half-mile more before it finally stopped, he said. The engineer watched the truck smash into two of the train's 10 cars through the rearview mirror.

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Drivers, engineer watched Nev. Amtrak crash unfold

By SCOTT SONNER, Associated Press – 1 hr 20 mins ago


SPARKS, Nev. – Two truck drivers and a train engineer watched helplessly as a semitrailer skidded the length of a football field before it smashed through crossing gates and into two double-decker cars of an Amtrak train at a highway crossing, killing at least six people.

The drivers were part of a three-truck convoy that saw the gates come down and the warning lights go off as the California Zephyr approached, National Transportation Safety Board member Earl Weener said Saturday.

They stopped, but the driver of the big rig in the lead did not, he said.

Investigators on Sunday planned to look over the scene for any clues as to why the truck driver plowed through the railroad crossing on Friday. It's expected to take up to a year to pinpoint the cause of the crash.

The Churchill County Sheriff's office said Saturday that six people had died in the crash. The truck driver and train conductor were among the dead.

The conductor, 68-year-old Laurette Lee of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., came from a railroad family. Her great-grandfather and grandfather worked for railroad companies, her brother is an Amtrak dispatcher and her nephew is an Amtrak conductor, Lee's friends and family told the San Jose Mercury News.

Weener said 28 people were unaccounted for in the crash, but that the figure was "spongy" because some passengers may have gotten off the train before the crash or walked away from the scene without checking with officials.

"This is not quite like you are used to when you get on an airplane. They record exactly who gets on, and what seat they sit in," he said. "On a train, you can get off without necessarily being tracked."

About 20 people were injured, and the United Transportation Union said the train's assistant conductor was among those seriously hurt. Weener said a passenger manifest counted 210 on board, but Amtrak spokeswoman Christina Leeds said 204 passengers and 14 crew members were on the train at the time.

"We are going to be working in the next several days to get more of that (unaccounted) number down the best we can," Weener said.

At the time of the collision, Weener said visibility was excellent and the crossing gates and warning lights were working.

The train's engineer saw the truck approaching the crossing about 70 miles east of Reno and realized the collision was inevitable, he said.

The engineer slammed on the emergency brakes, but the train, which was going about 78 mph in an 80-mph zone, traveled a half-mile more before it finally stopped, he said. The engineer watched the truck smash into two of the train's 10 cars through the rearview mirror.

"He recalled the event clearly. He saw the truck approaching the train," Weener said. "At some point, he knew the impact was imminent. He, in fact, watched the collision in a rearview mirror. He was hoping the train was not going to derail."

NTSB investigators were returning to the crash site Sunday to search for more possible victims and try to rectify discrepancies in the passenger manifest.

The California Zephyr from Chicago was about 300 miles east of its destination in Emeryville, Calif., when the truck hit the two train cars, which burst into flames. Earlier witness accounts said the truck driver didn't attempt to stop before it drove through the crossing, but Weener said the driver did try to stop because the truck skidded about 320 feet before it crashed.

The speed of the truck hasn't been determined, but Weener said it was going "at a considerable speed" because the impact left the tractor embedded in one of the train cars.

The truck driver who died was a Nevada man in his mid-40s, Weener said. Churchill County authorities said they were working to confirm other victims' identities and notify family members.

Weener said a team of 18 NTSB investigators were expected to remain at the scene for at least a week. NTSB spokesman Peter Knudson said they hadn't finished combing the wreckage, and Weener said they had yet to review video data taken from the train.

"We will not be determining a probable cause of this accident while we are here," Weener said.

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AP writers Martin Griffith in Reno and Amanda Kwan in Phoenix contributed to this report.
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