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Greek island of Crete is hit by 6.0-magnitude earthquake.Tim Stickings, MAILONLINE, 27 November 2019

Deadly earthquake hits Albania. Meg Wagner and Mike Hayes, CNN, Nov. 26, 2019

Climate change: Warming signal links global floods and fires. Matt McGrath, BBC News, Nov. 15, 2019

Flooded Venice battles new tidal surge. BBC News, Nov. 15, 2019
Venice floods: Italy to declare state of emergency over damage. BBC News, Nov. 14, 2019

At Least 3 Dead as Fires Rage Across Eastern Australia. Firefighters warned of dry, windy conditions to come, signaling an early start for what could be the country’s worst fire season in decades. Damien Cave, The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2019 

India air pollution at 'unbearable levels', Delhi minister says. BBC News, Nov. 4, 2019

The best emergency apps for wildfires, earthquakes and other disasters. Joshua Rotter and Molly Price, Cnet, November 1, 2019

Philippines Struck by Second Big Earthquake in Three Days. Jason Gutierrez, NY Times, Oct. 30 2019

California fires: Emergency declared state-wide. BBC, Oct. 28, 2019
See also:
California wildfires map - Los Angeles Times
A special kind of hell: fires, smoke and heat turn LA into a deadly paradise.
Sam Levin in Los Angeles, The Guardian, Oct. 26, 2019
California wildfires: Millions warned of possible power cut, BBC, Oct. 26, 2019
Wildfires threaten California. Fernando Alfonso III and Mike Hayes, CNN, Oct. 25, 2019

Earthquakes Are Jolting the Netherlands. Gas Drilling Is to Blame. Stanley Reed, NY Times, Oct. 24, 2019

Strong quake near Indonesia's Ambon kills at least 20. Reuters, September 26, 2019

Pakistan earthquake leaves 19 dead and 300 injured in Kashmir region. Agence-France Presse, The Guardian, September 25, 2019

Hurricane Dorian: Scale of Bahamas devastation emerges. BBC, 5 September 2019

Massive international rescue and relief effort underway in ravaged Bahamas as Hurricane Dorian aims at Carolinas. Anthony Faiola, Maria Sacchetti, Tim Craig and Joel Achenbach, The Washington News, September 4, 2019

Amazon fires: Six Brazilian states request military aid to fight blazes. Mark Armstrong, Reuters 25 August, 2019

Brazil's Amazon rainforest is burning at a record rate, research center says. Jessie Yeung and Abel Alvarado, CNN, August 22, 2019

DR Congo Ebola outbreak now an international Public Health Emergency, UN health agency declares. UN News, 17 July 2019

Monsoon rains turn millions of children’s lives ‘upside down’ across South Asia. UN News, 18 July 2019

Revealed: Israel Is Dangerously Unprepared for Global Food Shortages. Ruth Schuster, Haaretz, Jul 11, 2019

1 fatality, multiple water rescues reported amid severe flooding from Oklahoma to Missouri. Chaffin Mitchell, ccuWeather, June 27, 2019

Deadly earthquake hits China's Sichuan province. BBC, June 18, 2019

Climate change: Ireland declares climate emergency. BBC, May 9, 2019

UK Parliament declares climate change emergency. BBC, 1 May, 2019

How Do You Save a Million People From a Cyclone? Ask a Poor State in India. Hari Kumar, Jeffrey Gettleman and Sameer Yasir, NY Times, May 3, 2019

'Climate emergency' declared by Welsh Government. BBC, 29 April 2019

Cyclone Idai: How prepared was southern Africa? Jack Goodman and Christopher Giles, BBC, 24 March 2019

Taxpayer spending on U.S. disaster fund explodes amid climate change, population trends. Jeff Stein and Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, April 22 2019 

Sri Lanka military gets special powers after deadly bombings. Bharatha Mallawarachi and Krishan Francis, AP News, April 23, 2019

Sri Lanka explosions: 100 killed as churches and hotels targeted. BBC, April 21, 2109

Bangladesh fire: Emergency exits in Dhaka high-rise 'were locked'Bangladesh fire: Emergency exits in Dhaka high-rise 'were locked'. BBC, 29 March 2019 

China chemical blast death toll rises to 47. BBC, March 22, 2019

Cyclone Idai: Mozambique survivors desperate for help. BBC News, 20 March 2019
Mozambique rescue teams struggle to save thousands. Workers appeal for more helicopters as flood waters keep rising after Cyclone Idai. The Guardian, March 20, 2019

Indonesia tsunami: Grim search for survivors continues as death toll reaches 430,  Yosef Riadi and James Griffiths, CNN, December 26, 2018

When the Cascadia fault line ruptures, it could be North America’s worst natural disaster in recorded history. Kathryn Schulz, The New Yorker, 20 July , 2015 

‘Major’ damage to Anchorage area after severe 7.0-magnitude earthquake in Alaska. Jeannette Lee Falsey ,Mark Berman and Angela Fritz, The Washington Post, November 30 , 2018

Heavy rain may trigger mudslides in areas recovering from California wildfire. CBS News, November 21, 2018

California wildfires death toll climbs to 84, with more than 800 still unaccounted for. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, Nov 21, 2018,

California fires: How do wildfires start? All it takes is a spark. Doyle Rice, USA  TODAY, 13 November 2018

‘Rare but devastating’ tsunamis underscore need for better preparation, UN chief urges on World Day. UN News, 5 November 2018

Mount Etna Is Sliding Into the Sea. History Shows That Could Be Catastrophic.  If the volcano's flank suddenly collapses, it could trigger a tsunami that has the potential to devastate the region. Denise Chow, NBC News, Oct. 29, 2018

A.I. Is Helping Scientists Predict When and Where the Next Big Earthquake Will Be. Thomas Fuller and Cade Metz, New York Times, Oct. 26, 2018.

Rebuilding After a Hurricane: Why Does It Take So Long? It’s not just the repairs, it’s navigating a ‘patchwork’ storm recovery system, applying for federal money and finding a reliable contractor. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, Oct. 26, 2018

 Disaster Recovery Center opens in Albany. Survivors encouraged to come to center to get personal guidance for individual disaster situation. The Albany Herald, Oct 20, 2018.

Hurricane Michael: A Trail of Destruction in the Florida Panhandle. Richard Fausset, Patricia Mazzei and Alan Blinder. New York Times, Oct. 11, 2018

Are the Indonesia earthquake and volcanic eruption related? Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, Oct. 3, 2018

A Tsunami Didn’t Destroy These 1,747 Homes. It Was the Ground Itself, Flowing. Fira Abdurachman, Adam Dean and Richard C. Paddock, NY Times, Oct. 3, 2018

Indonesia earthquake: Torrents of 'liquid soil' washed away buildings. Bard Wilkinson, CNN, October 3, 2018

Tsunami in Indonesia: death toll at 832 and expected to rise sharply. The Guardian, September 30, 2018

'Training thunderstorms' made Japan's floods even deadlier. Joshua Berlinger and Yoko Wakatsuki, CNN,  July 14, 2018

San Francisco Earthquake Risks: Questions and Answers. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, April 18, 2018

New research on natural hazards death toll: A Record Hurricane Disaster in Puerto Rico - podcast in Living On Earth (transcript and link to MP3). June, 2018

Most Emergency Physicians Report Hospitals Lack Critical Medicines; Not "Fully Prepared" for Disasters, Mass Casualty Incidents. The American College of Emergency Physicians, May 22, 2018.

If War Comes? Stock Up on Tortillas and Wet Wipes, Sweden Suggests. Christina Anderson and Rick Gladstone, New York Times, May 21, 2018.
See also the newly revised emergency handbook from the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency

10 students killed in flash flood in Israel named. Families, schools, lawmakers and cities mourn the loss of teens swept away during hike in Judean Desert organized by pre-military academy. TOI STAFF The Times of Israel, 26 April 2018

Two killed in flash floods as storm, hail batter Israel.  Rare April deluge sweeps across country, forcing closure of roads, an airport and a flooded mall. By TOI STAFF, The Times of Israel, 25 April 2018

How Do You Say 'Evacuate' In Tagalog? In A Disaster, English Isn't Always Enough. TOM BANSE, JPR 20 April, 2018