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Hundreds of families have been left homeless after a wind-fueled wildfire swept through Central Texas. More than 1,000 homes were destroyed, and 5,000 residents evacuated, as the flames spread yesterday to cover more than 25,000 acres. Firefighters were last night hoping for a drop in the winds, the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee, so they [...]
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Photo from the Boston Globe: A resident is rescued from debris in Natori, Miyagi, northern Japan March 12 after one of the country’s strongest earthquakes ever recorded hit its eastern coast March 11. (Asahi Shimbun, Noboru Tomura/Associated Press)
An 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday, shaking office buildings in Tokyo and setting off a devastating tsunami that swept away cars and boats.
The quake — the world’s fifth largest since 1900, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — struck at 2.46 p.m. local time.
There were reports of injuries in [...]
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Feb. 2, 1973: Firefighters from Los Angeles County Fire Station 8 duck as flames burst out of a door of a home on West Knoll Drive in West Hollywood. The firefighters were unhurt in the blaze, which resulted [...]
Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua is reporting that 53 individuals have died in a massive high-rise building fire in downtown Shanghai. 70 individuals are hospitalized, 13 of them critically.
Photo courtesy of the Associated Press.
The blaze broke out at approximately 2 p.m. local time on the scaffolding of the residential high-rise but quickly spread to the [...]
Venice is most popular for its gondolas and canals, but it also has something else of interest: a water ambulance fleet (their police and fire fleet also has water-based units). This mode of transportation is most practical in an area where cars are strictly prohibited. The Ventian EMS, known as Venezia Emergenza, operates this ALS [...]
33 Chilean miners were able to communicate to rescue crews that they were alive and well 17 days after the collapse of a copper and gold mine 530 miles north of Santiago. Citing a “miracle”, Chilean President Sebastian Pinera showed a message reading, “We are fine in the refuge, the 33 of us,” from the [...]
A catastrophic gas explosion blew the roof off a South Los Angeles (location on Google Maps) welding shop early Friday, hurtling one victim to his death and electrocuting a second man on the street, fire officials said. They found another victim in critical condition under the axle of a vehicle after a downed power line [...]
An ambulance rushes to the scene of a suicide car bomb attack on Pakistan’s main intelligence agency in the city of Peshawar, where officials say at least 12 people have been killed and 40 injured.