debris News

No Cleanup Since Fire at 1850s Indiana Building

The owner of a former department store building in Vincennes, Ind., dating to the 1850s destroyed by fire last month has told city officials he doesn’t have the money to clean up the rubble. The Dec. 17 fire gutted the …

Citations Issued for Errant Blast at Maine Quarry

Federal officials have cited a Maine quarry owner and a blasting company for safety violations stemming from an errant blast that sent debris flying and pelted nearby homes with rocks. The Mine Safety and Health Administration tells the Bangor Daily …

Debris From Japanese Tsunami Reaches West Coast

Some debris from the March tsunami in Japan has reached the West Coast. A black float about the size of a 55-gallon drum was found two weeks ago by a crew cleaning a beach a few miles east of Neah …

Occupy Los Angeles Legacy: Stench, Trash, Property Damage

The reek of urine and unwashed bodies hung over the former Occupy Los Angeles camp Wednesday as masked sanitation workers hauled away 25 tons of debris from the barren lawns around City Hall. Collapsed and overturned tents, scattered bedding, paperback …

Aerial View of Japan Tsunami Zone Shows Little Rebuilding

From 1,000 feet (300 meters) up, the view of the tsunami-battered Japanese seaside communities shows striking progress: much of the rubble, crumpled cars and other debris is gone. Yet seen from a helicopter Friday carrying Associated Press journalists, there are …

Spain Evacuates Homes in El Hierro Island

The regional government of Spain’s Canary Islands has ordered the evacuation of homes and road closures near the southern tip of El Hierro island after two earth tremors and increased offshore volcanic activity caused a buildup of bad-smelling debris floating …

Snow, Wind, Rain Smack Northeast; Cleanup Begins

An unseasonably early snowstorm that blanketed parts of states from Maryland to Maine, knocking out power to millions and snarling air and highway travel, was forecast to slowly move north out of New England and officials warned it could be …

Japan Tsunami Debris Floating Toward Hawaii

Up to 20 million tons of tsunami debris floating from Japan could arrive on Hawaii’s shores by early 2013, before reaching the West Coast, according to estimates by University of Hawaii scientists. A Russian training ship spotted the junk – …

Iowa’s Post-storm Harvest Yields Debris with Crops

Harvest is a nerve-wracking ordeal for Tama County farmers. Operating a combine in cornfields this fall is a lot like driving in a blizzard. Farmers are on the edge of their seat, hands tightly clenched around the steering wheel and …

Possible Tornado Touches Down in South Florida

Officials say a possible tornado left a 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) trail of damage in a South Florida neighborhood. Plantation Fire Battalion Chief Joel Gordon said Wednesday that the debris trail has “all the classic signs” of a tornado. Gordon says the …