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Hunter burned, homes evacuated in Oklahoma wildfires

Hunter burned, homes evacuated in Oklahoma wildfiresOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma turkey hunter was found alive but badly burned Friday after spending the night trapped by one of two wildfires raging in northwestern Oklahoma that forced about 1,400 people from their homes.



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Dozens of people in Pennsylvania forced from homes by road collapse

Dozens of people in Pennsylvania forced from homes by road collapse“Everybody is now safe,” Cheryl Moon-Sirianni, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s executive director of district 11, told reporters. At least 30 people in apartment buildings alongside the road were asked to evacuate on Friday in anticipation of the possible collapse of a section of Route 30, she said. Soil was dislodged at the bases of other buildings, which were likely to be saved, Moon-Sirianni said, adding that repairs could take a month or more.



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PHOTOS: Anti-Muslim violence flares in central Sri Lanka; Buddhists burn homes and shops

PHOTOS: Anti-Muslim violence flares in central Sri Lanka; Buddhists burn homes and shopsReligious violence flared in central Sri Lanka Wednesday despite a state of emergency, with Buddhist mobs sweeping through towns and villages, burning Muslim homes and businesses and leaving victims barricaded inside mosques.



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9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration

9 Converted Barn Homes: Beautiful Barn Style Home Inspiration



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7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destruction

7.2 quake damages homes, but Mexico avoids major destructionMEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico escaped major destruction from a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that jolted southern and central parts of the country, authorities said Saturday, though 13 people were killed in the crash of a helicopter sent to assess the damage.



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Big Mexico quake cuts power and damages homes; two dead in crash

Big Mexico quake cuts power and damages homes; two dead in crashBy Lizbeth Diaz and Daina Beth Solomon MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A prolonged 7.2 magnitude quake that rocked Mexico on Friday left nearly a million homes and businesses without power in the capital and south but the only reported deaths came when a military helicopter crashed after surveying the aftermath. At least 50 homes suffered damage in the southern state of Oaxaca, which, along with Mexico City, is still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread damage in September. The epicenter was about 90 miles (145 km) from Pacific coast surfer resort Puerto Escondido in the southern state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 15.3 miles (24.6 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey.



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Rivers of lava threaten thousands of homes in Philippines

Rivers of lava threaten thousands of homes in PhilippinesGlowing red lava rolled down the slopes of a Philippine volcano on Tuesday morning as authorities maintained a warning of a possible hazardous eruption.  The lava was quietly flowing in some places but at times Mount Mayon was erupting like a fountain, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Lava had advanced up to 2km (1.24 miles) from the crater, and ash reached up to 2km and fell on nearby communities.  Nearly 15,000 people have fled the danger zone within 6 to 7km of Mayon, and the institute strongly advised people not to re-enter the area.  Several small pyroclastic flows were generated by fragments in the lava streams and not by an explosion from the crater vent, like occurred with Mount Pinatubo, said Renato Solidum, who heads the volcano institute. Pyroclastic flows are superheated gas and volcanic debris that can race down slopes and incinerate everything in their path, and are feared in a major eruption.  Lava cascades down the slopes of Mayon volcano, about 210 miles south-east of Manila, Philippines Credit: AP "The pyroclastic flows, there were several, were not generated by an explosion from the crater with lava, molten rocks and steam, shooting up the volcano then rolling down," Solidum said. "These were generated by lava fragments breaking off from the lava flow in the upper slopes."  He also said Mayon has not seen enough volcanic earthquakes of the type that would prompt scientists to raise the alert level to four, which would indicate an explosive eruption may be imminent. Emergency response officials previously said they may have to undertake forced evacuations if the alert is raised to four.  Thousands have fled their homes Credit: AFP After steam explosions Saturday and lava rising in the crater on Sunday, the alert was raised to three on a scale of five, indicating a hazardous eruption is possible "within weeks or even days."  Dark pyroclastic ash rises into the sky Credit: APTN Mayon lies in coconut-growing Albay province about 340km southeast of Manila. With its near-perfect cone, Mayon is popular with climbers and tourists but has erupted about 50 times in the last 500 years, sometimes violently.  In 2013, an ash eruption killed five climbers who had ventured near the summit despite warnings. Mayon's first recorded eruption was in 1616 and the most destructive in 1814 killed 1,200 people and buried the town of Cagsawa in volcanic mud.  The Philippines lies in the so-called Ring of Fire, a line of seismic faults surrounding the Pacific Ocean where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common.  In 1991, Mount Pinatubo in the northern Philippines exploded in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions of the 20th century, killing about 800 people. 



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Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with Russia

Sweden sends leaflets to 5m homes on how to prepare for war with RussiaSweden is preparing to issue a public information manual on what to do in the event of war, as debate in the country grows over how to deal with the threat from Russia. The brochure, due to be sent to 4.7m households, will inform the public how they can take part in “total defence” during a war and secure water, food and heating. The booklet with the working title If Crisis or War Comes will also give guidance on dealing with threats from cyber attacks, terrorism and climate change, the FT reported. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and military support for Ukrainian separatists, along with increased activity and exercises near the Baltics and Scandinavia have caused deep unease in Sweden. The neutral country has begun to reverse deep post war defence cuts and incursions by Russian planes and submarines have sparked intense public debate over whether to join Nato. Sweden has seen debate over whether to join Nato Credit:  Victor Svedberg / Regeringskansliet In September 2017, the country held its biggest military exercise in 23 years, with war games involving 19,000 Swedish personnel and allies from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, France, Norway and America. The country last year voted to reintroduce conscription. “All of society needs to be prepared for conflict, not just the military. We haven’t been using words such as total defence or high alert for 25-30 years or more. So the knowledge among citizens is very low,” said Christina Andersson, leader of the project at the Swedish civil contingencies agency.



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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages onFirefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California’s scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds. The so-called Thomas Fire, already the state’s fifth-largest wildland blaze on record, remained a threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito despite gains made by crews during a lull in the winds a day earlier. “Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the Thomas Incident,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.



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Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages on

Firefighters defend homes as huge California wildfire rages onBy Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Firefighters grappling with a wildfire that has burned out of control for 10 days on California’s scenic coastline, destroying more than 700 homes, sought on Wednesday to defend homes from flames whipped by resurgent Santa Ana winds. The so-called Thomas Fire, already the state’s fifth-largest wildland blaze on record, remained a threat to the communities of Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, Summerland and Montecito as darkness fell and winds picked up, fire officials said. “Very high fuel loading, critically low fuel moistures, above average temperatures and single-digit relative humidities will continue to support fire growth on the west, east and north sides of the Thomas incident,” the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement.



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