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Cyclone cuts off Mozambique coastal city of Beira

Cyclone cuts off Mozambique coastal city of BeiraTropical cyclone Idai battered Mozambican coastal city Beira Friday, leaving half a million people virtually cut off after power lines crashed, airport shut and roads were swamped by flooding that killed 66 people nationwide. “There is no communication with Beira. Houses and trees were destroyed and pylons downed,” an official at the National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM) told AFP.



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Turkish police search forest, coastal city for journalist's remains: sources

Turkish police search forest, coastal city for journalist's remains: sourcesInvestigators have also recovered “many samples” from their searches of the consulate and the consul’s residence, the senior officials told Reuters, and will attempt to analyse those for traces of the DNA of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia has denied allegations by Turkish officials who have said Khashoggi was killed inside the building and his body removed. Authorities widened the geographic focus of the search after tracking the routes and stops of cars that left the Saudi consulate and the consul’s residence on Oct. 2, the day Khashoggi was last seen, the senior officials said.



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Rising sea levels threatens coastal cities with more tsunamis, scientists warn

Rising sea levels threatens coastal cities with more tsunamis, scientists warnTsunamis will become more common and more ferocious with global warming, scientists have warned after a study found that global sea level rises will increase the risk of coastal cities being wiped out. Smaller earthquakes that currently pose no serious tsunami threat could unleash waves capable of inundating coastal cities, researchers found in a study focusing on the city of Macau in China. Currently it is considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying within a major earthquake zone. At today's sea level, it would take a very powerful earthquake tipping past magnitude 8.8 to cause widespread tsunami flooding in Macau. But a half-metre rise in sea level – predicted to occur in the region by 2060 – could more than double the chances of a huge tsunami swamping the territory, according to the research. A three-foot sea level rise, expected by 2100, would increase the risk up to 4.7 times. The source of the earthquake danger is the Manila Trench, a massive crack in the floor of the South China Sea formed by the collision of two tectonic plates. It has generated numerous earthquakes, though none larger than magnitude 7.8 since the 1560s. A modest rise in sea levels would greatly amplify the tsunami threat from smaller earthquakes, the computer simulation study showed. Cities most prone to natural disaster Lead researcher Dr Robert Weiss, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) in the US, said: "Our research shows that sea-level rise can significantly increase the tsunami hazard, which means that smaller tsunamis in the future can have the same adverse impacts as big tsunamis would today. "The South China Sea is an excellent starting point for such a study because it is an ocean with rapid sea-level rise and also the location of many mega cities with significant worldwide consequences if impacted." The team's findings are reported in the journal Science Advances.



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Lava flow blocks important coastal highway in Hawaii

Lava flow blocks important coastal highway in HawaiiOfficials warn of toxic steam cloud as lava flows into ocean; Jeff Paul reports from Pahoa, Hawaii.



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Tsunami warning: What to do if you are caught in an area threatened by severe coastal waves

Tsunami warning: What to do if you are caught in an area threatened by severe coastal wavesThe US west coast is on high alert for a tsunami after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck 160 miles off the coast of Alaska. The shallow depth of the seismic shock’s epicentre, just 6.2 miles below the surface, prompted the US Tsunami Warning System to issue a red warning for Alaska and western Canada. The rest of the US Pacific coast was placed on tsunami watch, indicating the need for vigilance against strong ocean waves but a lower level of immediate concern.



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Coastal Republicans Say States, Not Just Trump, Should Get Say On Offshore Drilling

Coastal Republicans Say States, Not Just Trump, Should Get Say On Offshore DrillingWASHINGTON ― Florida Gov. Rick Scott isn’t the only East Coast Republican who wants a say on whether vast new stretches of federal waters should be open to oil and gas drilling.



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Ryan Zinke's Decision To Appease GOP Governor On Offshore Drilling Leaves Coastal Democrats Fuming

Ryan Zinke's Decision To Appease GOP Governor On Offshore Drilling Leaves Coastal Democrats FumingSome wonder if the sudden reversal was nothing more than a stunt to help get Gov. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) elected to the Senate in 2018, while California’s top prosecutor pointed out that tourism and beauty are not unique to the Republican-led Sunshine State. “California is also ‘unique’ & our ‘coasts are heavily reliant on tourism as an economic driver.’ Our ‘local and state voice’ is firmly opposed to any and all offshore drilling,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra tweeted, referencing Zinke’s own statement.



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As Florida evades Trump drilling plan, California and other coastal states ask, ‘What about us?’

As Florida evades Trump drilling plan, California and other coastal states ask, ‘What about us?’Coastal communities that oppose President Trump’s expansion of offshore oil and gas drilling are questioning why Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke made an exception for Florida’s waters but not their own.



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Appeals court hands oil companies victory in coastal lawsuit

Appeals court hands oil companies victory in coastal lawsuitNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court Friday refused to revive a Louisiana levee board's lawsuit blaming dozens of oil and gas companies for damage to the state's fragile coast, a major victory for energy companies and their political supporters who cast the suit as an attack on a vital state industry.



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