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Landslide Danger Remains High in Switzerland

Swiss authorities say the risk of landslides remains a danger in drenched areas with two lakes near flood levels and abundant snowfall expected in southern Switzerland. The Swiss Federal Office for the Environment is warning that water levels are climbing …

Federal Disaster Declaration Approved for Kentucky

A disaster declaration has been approved by the U.S. Small Business Administration for heavy rain and flash flooding in August that swamped roads and forced people from their homes in eastern Kentucky. The declaration opens the door for Kentucky residents …

More Flooding Renew Bosnia’s Rebuilding Troubles

A Bosnian man whose home was swept away by flooding has seen his attempts at rebuilding fall prey to a new round of floods. Torrents in May swept away Besim Tutnjic’s house in the village of Zeljezno Polje. He bought …

Southern China Quake Death Toll Rises to 589

The death toll in southern China’s earthquake jumped from 410 to 589 on Wednesday as search and rescue teams found scores more bodies while pushing into isolated mountain communities to clear debris from collapsed homes. The Yunnan provincial government said …

China Threatened by Flooding From Lakes Formed by Quake

Rescuers raced Tuesday to evacuate villages near rising lakes formed by landslides, complicating relief efforts following a strong earthquake in southern China that killed at least 398 people and has left thousands homeless. Rescue teams have freed scores of trapped …

Monsoon Rain Causing Flashfloods and Landslides in Sri Lanka: RMS

According to Nikki Chambers, hazards scientist at RMS, this week’s heavy summer monsoon rain has caused flash flooding and landslides in western and central parts of Sri Lanka. This event has damaged homes, affected an estimated 100,000 people, and displaced …

Today Marks 50 Years Since Great Alaska Earthquake

Electric clocks on walls in Anchorage shut down at 5:36 p.m. on March 27, 1964. Time stopped at the start of the ’64 Great Alaska Earthquake, the second largest ever recorded at magnitude 9.2. The ground shook for four to …

Researcher Says Seattle Earthquake After Rain Would be Devastating

A University of Washington researcher says an earthquake on the Seattle fault would be even more devastating if it occurs when the land is saturated with rain. Research by Kate Allstadt indicates a quake in dry weather would trigger about …

Death Toll in Mexican Floods, Slides Rises to 130

Mexican authorities say the death toll from last week’s floods and mudslides has risen to 130, after eight more bodies were found buried in a landslide. Interior Secretary Miguel Angel Osorio Chong said Tuesday that the latest bodies were recovered …

Landslides Kill 20 in Northwest Philippines

Torrential monsoon rains hit the northwestern Philippines on Monday, triggering landslides and killing 20 people in areas already weakened by a powerful typhoon, and raising the death toll to 47 from storms across Asia. Philippine officials said soldiers and villagers …