Tagged With natural disasters

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A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck Indonesia's Aceh province yesterday, leaving 97 dead and hundreds injured. Though the quake did not trigger a tsunami, it triggered memories of the horrific 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake when more than 100,000 were killed in Aceh alone.

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More than two million people in coastal Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina are being told to flee their homes in advance of Hurricane Matthew, the Category 4 monster now bearing down on the United States after wreaking havoc across the Caribbean. It's easily the largest mass evacuation on US soil since Hurricane Sandy, and it's likely to be Florida's biggest evacuation ever.

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All signs are pointing toward deadly hurricane Matthew slamming directly into Space Coast — home to Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station — on Friday. If that unfortunate prediction comes true, it will be the worst storm to hit the iconic Florida spaceport since it was built in 1962.

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Video: Damn. Here's a view of Hurricane Matthew from the ISS and it is truly frightening to see, because the storm seems to stretch itself all over the planet and the eye is so well defined. The category 4 hurricane's impact on Haiti could be catastrophic, with winds hitting 225km/h — so let's hope everyone down there can stay as safe as possible.

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An ugly, dangerous storm is brewing out there. After a bout of rapid intensification last night, Hurricane Matthew has now achieved Category 3 status, packing 195km/h winds. It's first major Caribbean hurricane since Sandy, and the strongest to develop in this particular region since 2008.

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In a rare admission that life isn't paradise within its borders, North Korea is asking for international aid in wake of devastating floods that state media claims to have impacted tens of thousands. Information released Sunday by the United Nations' Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs confirms that North Korea is dealing with a big natural disaster.

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Attention, moon-fearing humans: Your long-held suspicion that the full moon can interfere with life on Earth seems to have a scientific basis after all. No, the moon still doesn't make you crazy, horny or murderous. But it can trigger large earthquakes.