death
The Funeral Directors Deployed to America’s Deadliest Disasters

Last November, as wildfires ravaged the town of Paradise, California, Robert Vigil received an urgent call from the Department of Health and Human services (HHS). Local officials were racing to identify the remains of fire victims, and Vigil, who has spent 26 years as a funeral director in Yuma County, Arizona, was needed on the scene. Read More >>

science
‘Dark’ Fibre Optic Cables Can Measure Earthquakes 

Scientists hope to employ networks of “dark fibres,” unused fibre optic cables, in order to sense sound waves moving underground—the signals of earthquakes. Read More >>

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At Least 222 Are Dead After Tsunami Crashes Into Indonesia, With Death Toll Expected to Rise

A deadly tsunami that struck Indonesia unexpectedly has reportedly left hundreds of people dead and many more missing and injured. Read More >>

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NASA Black Marble Images Reveal How Long It’s Taken Puerto Rico to Recover From Hurricane Maria

It’s been more than a year since Hurricane Maria ran roughshod over Puerto Rico, but the island is still struggling to escape from under its long shadow. Read More >>

hurricanes
Aerial Photos Reveal the Devastation Left by Hurricane Florence

After ploughing into along America's North Carolina coast late last week, Florence lingered over the region all weekend like an unwanted house guest. Though its winds had slackened to a tropical depression by Sunday, the record-setting rains it unleashed have created a flooding catastrophe that is still unfolding. The scale of that catastrophe is now becoming apparent in aerial photographs. Read More >>

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The Strongest Storm of the Year Shook Southeast Asia This Weekend

Tropical Storm Mangkhut was on the move Monday as it made its way through Southeast Asia. The former Super Typhoon, which at its peak became the strongest storm to form on Earth this year so far, has been pummelling Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines all weekend. Read More >>

climate change
As the World Burns, There Will Be Fewer Firefighters to Share

As out-of-control wildfires raged across the Western US, American firefighting authorities took a seemingly unusual step late last month: they called up Australia and New Zealand and asked for help. Read More >>

science
Ancient Mass Graves Could Be Filled With Tsunami Victims

Many prehistoric mass graves located along coastlines around the world may be linked to ancient tsunamis, new research suggests. Read More >>

volcanoes
Kilauea’s Eruption Is on Pause—For Now

Three months and countless Olympic swimming pools of lava later, Kilauea seems to have pressed the pause button on its fiery eruption. But it’s too soon to tell if the Hawaiian volcano has chilled out for good. Read More >>

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The Mendocino Complex Fire Is Now the Largest In California’s History

An enormous wildfire in northern California has become the largest on record for the state, less than a year after the Thomas Fire in southern California earned that dubious distinction. It’s the latest reminder that we now live in an era of fast-growing, hard-to-contain megafires. Read More >>

nature
Volcanic Ash Has Basically Turned Day Into Night in Vanuatu

I’m no expert, but I feel like our planet is trying to tell us something. In addition to every corner of the globe being on fire, doused in rain, or cooked by heat, a new volcanic eruption is adding heavy ash to the list of calamities befalling humanity. The Manaro Voui volcano popped off in Vanuatu, a small island nation in the South Pacific, prompting the evacuation of the entire island of Ambae. Read More >>

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Eruption of Fuego Volcano in Guatemala Kills Dozens

This weekend, a volcano southwest of Guatemala City erupted for the second time in five months, sending a deadly plume of super-heated rock and gas into the rural communities below. 69 people are currently reported dead, and more are missing. Read More >>

volcanoes
Hottest, Fastest Lava Yet Prompts Further Evacuations in Hawaii

Residents of two Big Island communities have been advised to evacuate, as fast-moving magma from the Kilauea volcano threatens the few remaining escape routes. “Heed evacuation orders,” warned Hawaii’s mayor, “or you’re on your own.” Read More >>

volcanoes
New Evacuation Plan in Place as Third Kilauea Lava Flow Reaches Ocean

US Marine Corps stationed in Hawaii are now on standby to help with evacuations should lava flows cut off the only remaining escape route from the beleaguered Puna neighbourhood. The latest threat comes as the Big Island enters its fourth week of eruptions, and as a third lava flow reaches the ocean. Read More >>

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Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant

Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 per cent of the Big Island’s power. Read More >>