Accidents and disasters

In this image taken from video, explosions are seen at the military base, about 10 kilometers from Achinsk, Krasnoyarsk region, Russia Far East, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. An explosion at a Russian military base in Siberia has set off fires and injured at several people. (Liza Uskova via AP)
August 05, 2019 - 1:16 pm
MOSCOW (AP) — Massive explosions at a Russian military ammunition depot in Siberia injured at least eight people and prompted the evacuation of thousands Monday. Russia's Defense Ministry said a fire triggered the explosions at a storage facility for gunpowder charges near the city of Achinsk in...
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August 05, 2019 - 7:41 am
BERLIN (AP) — Two people died in a rafting accident Monday on a river near the Austrian city of Salzburg, emergency services said. Officials were trying to determine whether anyone else was on board the raft that capsized. A witness reported seeing the capsized raft and two people drifting in the...
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People survey the aftermath of a fiery car crash outside the National Cancer Institute in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019. The multiple-car crash set off an explosion that ignited a fire at Egypt's main cancer hospital, the government said.(AP Photo/Maya Alleruzzo)
August 05, 2019 - 5:53 am
CAIRO (AP) — A multiple-car crash on a Cairo street in front of Egypt's main cancer hospital set off an explosion that triggered a fire outside the building, killing a total of 19 people, authorities said Monday. The crash and the explosion also injured 30 others, the health ministry said. Some of...
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A view of the damaged Toddbrook Reservoir near the village of Whaley Bridge,in Derbyshire, England, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Emergency workers are racing to lower water levels behind a damaged dam in northwest England as forecasters warn more bad weather is on the way. Pumps have reduced the water level in Toddbrook Reservoir by half a meter (20 inches) since Thursday, but authorities warn that pressure on the 180-year-old dam remains severe. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
August 04, 2019 - 4:54 pm
LONDON (AP) — Emergency crews in northwest England raced to pump water from a reservoir with a damaged dam Sunday as weather forecasts calling for thunderstorms hastened fear of the structure failing and flooding of a town. Firefighters said 22 high-capacity pumps were working around the clock to...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:43 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California hospital spent $72 million on a building designed to do two things after an earthquake: stay standing and stay open. But when a pair of strong earthquakes struck the region last month, the hospital couldn't use it. Structurally, the building was OK...
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In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, retired nurse Tim Thomas, who assisted in a surgery in the parking lot of Watsonville Community Hospital after the facility lost power following the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, poses during his visit to Lodi, Calif. California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Talk of scaling back the standards upsets Thomas, who was thrown to the floor during the earthquake. "To not make provisions to have the hospitals keep pace with the rest of the infrastructure doesn't make any sense to me" says Thomas. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
August 04, 2019 - 10:41 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California hospitals are asking lawmakers to scale back some earthquake standards because they cost too much and might not be needed. Most hospitals in the earthquake prone state have met a 2020 deadline for standards designed to keep hospital buildings from collapsing in...
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August 04, 2019 - 4:50 am
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portuguese authorities say around 500 firefighters are combating a wildfire that started in a central area some 100 kilometers (62 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital. Portugal's civil protection agency said Sunday the firefighters were supported by over 100 firefighting...
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Search and rescue personnel work at the site of a cliff collapse at a popular beach Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, in Encinitas, Calif. At least one person was reportedly killed, and multiple people were injured, when an oceanfront bluff collapsed Friday at Grandview Beach in the Leucadia area of Encinitas, authorities said.(AP Photo/Denis Poroy)
August 03, 2019 - 4:53 pm
ENCINITAS, Calif. (AP) — Officials on Saturday reopened much of a popular Southern California surf beach where a sea cliff collapsed a day earlier, killing three people while unleashing tons of sandstone. Encinitas Lifeguard Capt. Larry Giles said a lifeguard was posted near the collapse zone on...
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FILE - In this May 20, 2018 file photo, lava from an open fissure on Kilauea volcano shoots high above a tree in Pahoa, Hawaii. A small pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano for the first time in recorded history, possibly signaling a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. The United States Geological Survey says that after a week of questions about a green patch inside Kilauea's Halemaumau crater, researchers were able to confirm the presence of water on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
August 03, 2019 - 12:54 pm
HONOLULU (AP) — For the first time in recorded history, a pond of water has been discovered inside the summit crater of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano, a development that could signal a shift to a more explosive phase of future eruptions. After a week of questions about a mysterious green patch at the...
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A bag of aggregate, a mixture of sand, gravel and stone, is thrown onto the damaged Toddbrook Reservoir near the village of Whaley Bridge,in Derbyshire, England, Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. Emergency workers are racing to lower water levels behind a damaged dam in northwest England as forecasters warn more bad weather is on the way. Pumps have reduced the water level in Toddbrook Reservoir by half a meter (20 inches) since Thursday, but authorities warn that pressure on the 180-year-old dam remains severe. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
August 03, 2019 - 9:03 am
LONDON (AP) — Emergency workers raced Saturday to lower water levels behind a damaged dam in northwest England as forecasters warned more bad weather is on the way. Pumps have reduced the water level in Toddbrook Reservoir by half a meter (20 inches) since Thursday, but authorities warn that...
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