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Governor says California could take over PG&E after wildfires linked to utility

Maria fire near Los Angeles remains tough to tackle as red flag warning extended to 6pm Saturday California could take public ownership of Pacific Gas & Electric, the states largest utility which has been blamed over a series of deadly fires, Governor Gavin Newsom said. PG&E filed for bankruptcy protection in January, in the wake of billions of dollars of claims related to wildfires. The company has recently cut off the power to thousands of households in a largely unsuccessful attempt to prevent fires that have again wracked the northern…

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California: July earthquake caused fault to move for first time on record

Ruptures in Ridgecrest sequence ended a few miles from the Garlock fault, which is slowly creeping, says study The for the first time on record, researchers said on Thursday. Ruptures in the study released in the journal Science. Its surprising, Zachary Ross, assistant professor of geophysics at Caltech and lead author of the paper, said. In California, weve been monitoring earthquakes for a long time. We think we have a pretty good sense of what typical behavior is over long timescales and then when something happens thats anomalous, that obviously…

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Typhoon Hagibis: Four dead in Japan as worst storm in 60 years roars through

Threat of widespread flooding and landslides compounded by earthquake in Chiba prefecture Four people were killed and 17 were missing after the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades paralysed Tokyo, flooding rivers and putting millions under evacuation warning before it ploughed up the north-eastern coast. Authorities lifted rain and flood warnings for the Kanto region around a becalmed Tokyo before dawn but imposed them on areas further north after super-typhoon Hagibis blasted through the capital. Attention focused on Fukushima, where Tokyo Electric Power Co overnight reported irregular readings…

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Storm Barry: New Orleans residents brace for possible hurricane

Many are staying in the city as storm Barry, predicted to land as a category one, approaches As the Louisiana gulf coast braces for a possible hurricane landfall this weekend, New Orleans residents are mostly content to sit and ride the storm out, often sharing the same folk-wisdom refrain: Three or higher. Thats a category three hurricane, of course, on the five-tiered Saffir-Simpson scale commonly used to grade the potential risk a hurricane poses in terms of windspeed. The incoming storm Barry is on the soft side of that spectrum,…

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At least 217 dead after powerful earthquake hits central Mexico

The 7.1 magnitude earthquake is deadliest to hit country in more than 30 years and has brought down buildings in the capital, Mexico City Emergency crews and volunteers are digging through rubble with their bare hands in search of trapped survivors after a powerful earthquake Mexico earthquake The earthquake also appeared to have triggered an eruption of Mexicos Popocatpetl volcano. In Atzitzihuacn on the slopes of the volcano, a church collapsed during mass, killing 15 people, Puebla governor Jos Antonio Gali said. Authorities said at least 54 people died in…

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Houston dam begins to overspill as Harvey triggers unprecedented impact

We have never faced this before, we have uncertainty in how the water is going to react official says, as water levels in reservoirs threaten monitoring equipment A vital dam in suburban Houston that protects the central city began overspilling on Tuesday, and officials said the rainfall from Harvey is so unprecedented they do not know what

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Trump to visit Houston as storm death toll rises under ‘historic’ flooding

Up to 50in of rainfall expected as storm pours on to a city poorly prepared for inundation, prompting recommendation that residents should take to rooftops Donald Trump will visit Texas on Tuesday, the White House said as tropical storm Harvey brought intense rainfall that threatened historic flooding in Houston, freeways turning into rivers and water rushing into homes in Americas fourth-largest city. As coastal Texas cleaned up from Harvey, which made landfall as a Category 4 hurricane on Friday night before weakening, the storm shifted its attention inland. Amid predictions…

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‘They don’t care’: Indian government accused of prejudice by Chakma people

Families living on riverbanks of north-east India claim pleas for help following devastating floods have been ignored on religious and racial grounds The Indian government has been accused of religious and racial discrimination after members of the Chakma ethnic group said their pleas for help following the

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France: wildfires burn close to tourist towns in Corsica and Cte d’Azur

The blazes have devoured around 4,000 hectares of land in the middle of the holiday season France has asked for Europes help in fighting wildfires that have consumed swaths of forest close to the popular resort of Saint-Tropez and on the island of Corsica. Over 4,000 firefighters and troops backed by 19 water bombers have been mobilised to extinguish the blazes. At least seven firefighters have been injured and 15 police officers affected by smoke inhalation since the fires broke out on Monday, according to the authorities. The blazes have…

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Earthquake in Turkey and Greece leaves at least two dead in Kos, 200 injured

6.7 magnitude quake struck overnight between Bodrum and Greek islands, injuring 200 people and sending residents and tourists running into the streets A powerful earthquake of magnitude 6.7 has killed at least two people on the island of Kos and injured 200 in Greek and Turkish coastal towns. The quake struck near major tourist destinations around the Aegean sea in the early hours of Friday, Turkish and Greek officials said. Around 200 people have been injured, officials said, with at least 120 on Kos and 70 in Turkey. The United…

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Canada wildfires: almost 40,000 evacuated in British Columbia amid state of emergency

Australian firefighters called in to help as blazes burning across western province are expected to worsen Canada is deploying military aircraft and Australia is sending 50 firefighters to battle rapidly spreading wildfires in British Columbia that have forced 39,000 people from their homes. Federal public safety minister Ralph Goodale said the western Canadian province had made two requests to the federal government for military assistance to fight the fires, which he said were expected to worsen. The military has sent two planes and five helicopters to help with evacuations and…

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