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For three weeks in February, torrents of water rushed down the emergency spillway at Oroville dam, prompting fears that the entire structure would collapse. New images show what's left of the 914m long concrete spillway — and the tremendous challenge that now confronts repair crews.

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Earlier today, a series of tornadoes and severe thunderstorms bulldozed through southern Louisiana, leaving devastation in their wake. East New Orleans, which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina 12 years ago, experienced major damage as a result, including NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility. Early reports from NASA indicate 10 people have sustained minor injuries.

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Seventy per cent of Earth's surface is covered by water, meaning if we were unfortunate enough to be struck by an enormous asteroid, it'd probably make a big splash. A team of data scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory recently decided to model what would happen if an asteroid struck the sea. Despite the apocalyptic subject matter, the results are quite beautiful.

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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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The wildfire that swept through Fort McMurray two weeks ago has now breached a critical firebreak, threatening Canada's largest oil production facilities, and forcing the evacuation of thousands more workers. As seen from space, this ongoing wildfire is a horrific sight to behold.