Natural Disasters

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Tornado Season Peaking Earlier Than Ever
Supercell Storm
September 19th, 2014
The busiest part of tornado season is happening up to two weeks earlier than it did 55 years ago, reports a new study on Tornado Alley, located in the heart of the central and southern U.S. Great Plains.
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Deadly Earthquake Strikes Southwestern China
August 4th, 2014
A devastating magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck southwestern China's Yunnan province yesterday (Aug. 3), killing hundreds of people, according to news reports.
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'Coyote' Drone Launches Straight into Hurricane Edouard
Coyote drone.
September 17th, 2014
One U.S. government agency is taking the drone craze to a whole new level. NOAA just launched a drone directly into a hurricane.
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How the Napa Quake Deformed Earth (Satellite Photo)
Radar image of Napa Valley
September 3rd, 2014
The 6.0-magnitude earthquake that rocked California's Napa Valley last month not only injured dozens of people and caused millions of dollars in damage, but it also warped the surface of Earth.
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Strong Earthquake Rattles Southern Mexico
The earthquake's location is marked on a map.
July 7th, 2014
An earthquake of preliminary magnitude 7.1 struck today along the Pacific coast of southern Mexico's state of Chiapas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
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Hurricane Survival Guide: What You Need to Know
Hurricane Isabel
June 27th, 2014
Do you know what to do if a storm hits this hurricane season?
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Calm Before the Quake? Turkey May Be Due for the Big One
Turkey earthquake fault
September 15th, 2014
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 7 or greater may be building up along a now-quiet fault on the coast of Istanbul, a new study finds.
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How Extinct Undersea Volcanoes Trigger Rare 'Tsunami Earthquakes'
Tsunamis, like the one that stuck Aceh, Indonesia, cause serious flooding and submerge entire villages.
June 30th, 2014
Extinct volcanoes on the ocean floor get squashed by tectonic plates and create tsunami earthquakes.
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