natural disasters

  • Water is released from the Lake Oroville Dam after an evacuation was ordered for communities downstream from the dam in Oroville, California, U.S. February 13, 2017.  REUTERS/Jim Urquhart - RTSYI5E
    February 13, 2017  

    At Northern California’s Lake Oroville, water levels receded Monday, stopping the overflow of water from the dam’s emergency spillway. This reduced the risk of immediate uncontrolled flooding — but longer-term concerns remain. William Brangham speaks with Jeffrey Mount of the Public Policy Institute of California about the massive evacuation that took place and the outlook for the dam’s future. Continue reading

  • Haitian migrants wait outside Migrant Care office after leaving Brazil, where they relocated to after Haiti's 2010 earthquake, in Tijuana, Mexico, October 4, 2016. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido - RTSQSVR
    December 23, 2016  

    In the wake of late September’s Hurricane Matthew, Haitians are increasingly desperate to reach the United States, which has recently reinstated deportations to Haiti for the first time since 2010’s earthquake. But residents of Tijuana, Mexico, are showing an unusual amount of hospitality to Haitian immigrants stuck at the border. Special correspondent Jean Guerrero from KPBS Fronteras reports. Continue reading

  • A man carrying branches from fallen trees walks next to the Cathedral after Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti, October 5, 2016. REUTERS/Andres Martinez Casares     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTSQXJD
    October 5, 2016  

    Hurricane Matthew is the worst natural disaster to hit Haiti since the earthquake in 2010, prompting Haitian officials to postpone the presidential election set for next week. After causing damage in Cuba, the storm is next headed for the Bahamas and expected to hit Florida by Thursday, where Gov. Rick Scott says the state may see its largest evacuation yet. Judy Woodruff reports. Continue reading

  • A huge pine tree is shown after falling through a home from the wind and rain damage of Hurricane Hermine in Tallahassee, Florida September 2, 2016.  REUTERS/Phil Sears REUTERS/Phil Sears - RTX2NW00
    September 2, 2016  

    Early Friday morning, Hurricane Hermine hit Florida’s Big Bend region on the Gulf Coast, causing major damage and a state of emergency for more than 50 counties. Climate Central’s Sean Sublette joins William Brangham to consider what Hermine tells us about weather patterns, why it’s the first hurricane to make landfall in the U.S. in over a decade and what we might expect from future storms. Continue reading

  • Volunteers cut wood floor planks for a house under construction in Joplin, Missouri May 16, 2012. May 22 marks the one year anniversary of a deadly EF-5 tornado that ripped through the town, killing 161 people. The tornado damaged or destroyed about 7,500 homes and 500 other buildings, but the city is now well into a recovery mode that has spurred some segments of the local economy. REUTERS/Eric Thayer (UNITED STATES - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT) - RTR326HP
    September 2, 2016  

    The tornado that struck Joplin, Missouri, in May 2011 was one of the most destructive in U.S. history. Five years later, the city seems to be thriving — possibly even better off than it was before. One key to its success? Getting residents to stay, says Jane Cage, chair of the Citizens Advisory Recovery Team. But the emotional trauma from that day still lingers. Hari Sreenivasan reports. Continue reading

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    August 24, 2016  

    The quake struck Italy in the middle of the night. A magnitude 6.2, it was felt across the country but devastated three towns in particular: Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara. At least 159 are confirmed dead as rescuers continue to scour the wreckage for survivors. For more, Judy Woodruff speaks with special correspondent Christopher Livesay, who reports destruction comparable to that in a war zone. Continue reading

  • Rubble is seen after an earthquake in Bagan, Myanmar August 24, 2016.  REUTERS/Stringer          FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RTX2MW0K
    August 24, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the second earthquake in 24 hours caused major damage and death — this time in Myanmar. The 6.8 quake struck deep underground 20 miles from the country’s former capital of Bagan. Also, an attack at Kabul’s American University of Afghanistan killed at least 1 person and injured 18 more; an explosion was followed by shooting that trapped students and staff inside. Continue reading

  • A man is rescued from the rubble caused by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in central Italy on Wednesday. Photo by Remo Casilli/Reuters
    August 24, 2016   BY  

    A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday, destroying parts of popular vacation spots in the mountainous zone. Continue reading

  • Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) speaks at a news conference with a bipartisan group of senators on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., U.S., to unveil a compromise proposal on gun control measures, June 21, 2016. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas  - RTX2HG4D
    June 24, 2016  

    In our news wrap Friday, a bipartisan group of House lawmakers unveiled a new gun control bill identical to the Senate bill put forward by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Tuesday; both bills would prevent people on the no-fly list from purchasing firearms. Also, at least 18 people have died in West Virginia amid the state’s worst flooding in a century. Continue reading

  • A man observes a building, that had been severely damaged in a magnitude 7.8 earthquake last month, but suffered more damages after two tremors struck Ecuador's coast in Manta, Ecuador, May 18, 2016. REUTERS/Patricio Ramos EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES. - RTSEXB2
    May 26, 2016  

    It’s been just over a month since a deadly earthquake devastated Ecuador’s Pacific coast, destroying thousands of buildings and impacting at least a quarter-million people. As the government struggles with recovery costs and moves to rebuild, the disaster has also highlighted the need for tougher buildings codes — and enforcement. Special correspondents Bruno Frederico and Nadja Drost report.
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