WEATHER AND NATURAL DISASTERS

  • Residents walk past a collapsed home on April 19, 2016 after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast, in Pedernales, Ecuador. Photo by Henry Romero/Reuters
    April 22, 2016   BY  

    Ecuadorians faced more aftershocks this week as they continued to comb through the rubble caused by Saturday’s deadly earthquake. “The situation is just terrible,” said an aid worker helping survivors. Continue reading

  • A Mexican federal police officer (C) and other team rescue members search for victims at a collapsed store at the village of Manta, after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, April 21, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTX2B31X
    April 21, 2016  

    In our news wrap Thursday, the death toll in Ecuador reached 577 in the wake of Saturday’s earthquake, with at least 160 still unaccounted for and more than 23,000 left homeless. Also, Volkswagen submitted a formal plan today to settle with the 482,000 U.S. customers affected by its emissions cheating scandal, though the payment amount is still to be decided. Continue reading

  • A police officer stands guard beside local residents lining up to receive food in Pedernales, after an earthquake struck off Ecuador's Pacific coast, April 20, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTX2AVME
    April 20, 2016  

    In our news wrap Wednesday, the strongest aftershock yet shook earthquake survivors in Ecuador as the confirmed death toll reached 553, with Peruvian military personnel stepping in to transfer victims to hospitals. Also, the UN refugee agency says up to 500 migrants drowned off the coast of Libya last week after smugglers tried to pack too many people into a crowded ship bound for Italy. Continue reading

  • Soldiers and rescue team members carry the body of a victim at a collapsed building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast, in Pedernales, Ecuador, April 19, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTX2AOYF
    April 19, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, hundreds of international rescue workers fanned out in Ecuador, looking for victims of the earthquake that’s killed at least 433 people. Also, also, another strong aftershock rattled southern Japan, and a key airport reopened, allowing the arrival of relief goods. Continue reading

  • Rescue team members and firefighters walk past a partially collapsed building after an earthquake struck off the Pacific coast, in Portoviejo, Ecuador, April 18, 2016. REUTERS/Henry Romero - RTX2AIUZ
    April 18, 2016  

    Crews searched for survivors in the rubble of Ecuador’s 7.8 earthquake around the clock, rescuing three people and pulling more bodies from the debris. Devastation from Saturday night’s disaster is everywhere, and the death toll has risen to 350. John Yang reports. Continue reading

  • Rescue workers conduct a search and rescue operation at site of houses which collapsed due to a landslide caused by an earthquake in Minamiaso town, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo April 18, 2016. Mandatory credit REUTERS/Kyodo  ATTENTION EDITORS - FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. IT IS DISTRIBUTED, EXACTLY AS RECEIVED BY REUTERS, AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS. MANDATORY CREDIT. JAPAN OUT. NO COMMERCIAL OR EDITORIAL SALES IN JAPAN.      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX2AG4Y
    April 18, 2016  

    In our news wrap Monday, thousands of rescue workers continued the search for survivors from two earthquakes that hit an island of Japan last week. The U.S. military lent its support by delivering aid. Also, More than a foot of rain flooded parts of Houston. Some 110,000 homes and businesses lost power and hundreds of flights were canceled. Continue reading

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    March 22, 2016  

    It’s when, not if, the Pacific Northwest is due for a major seismic disaster; scientists say there’s a 37 percent chance one could strike in the next 50 years. FEMA estimates such an earthquake and resulting tsunami could kill thousands and leave a million more homeless. But some concerned coastal communities are working to make sure they’re ready when it hits. William Brangham reports. Continue reading

  • A car is submerged in the Tall Timbers subdivision near Shreveport, Louisiana on March 9 in a photo provided by the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Photo by Deputy Josh Cagle/Bossier Sheriff's Office/Handout via Reuters
    March 10, 2016   BY  

    Heavy rains continued in the Southeast on Thursday, triggering more flash floods, after two people died in severe storms in Texas and Louisiana. Continue reading

  • Workers use heavy machinery to remove snow from a parking area at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 26, 2016. The snowbound Washington area was resuming partial business on Tuesday as trains and buses restarted near-normal service, while federal offices remained closed following a massive blizzard that hammered the U.S. East Coast. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst - RTX243CN
    January 26, 2016  

    In our news wrap Tuesday, Washington lurched slowly back to life, as crews worked to remove snow for a third day and subway service returned to near-normal operations. But many side streets remained unplowed, posing a challenge to reopening schools. Also, a congressional task force called for keeping more nonviolent criminals out of federal prison, which would save $5 billion in the process. Continue reading

  • A man tries to dig out his car in Falls Church, Virginia, as a blizzard hits the east coast January 23, 2016.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque - RTX23Q50
    January 25, 2016  

    The East Coast is still trying to recover from a major blizzard that dumped more than 2 feet of snow on Washington over the weekend. At least 37 people died in a storm that disrupted schools, businesses and the government. Judy Woodruff talks to New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Christopher Geldart, emergency manager for the District of Columbia, about response and cleanup efforts in their cities. Continue reading

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