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A Volcano Erupts

December 4, 2017

Thousands of people have fled Bali, Indonesia, since Mount Agung began to erupt on November 25. The volcano spewed ash and lava two and a half miles into the sky. On November 27, authorities expanded the danger zone surrounding the volcano.…


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California Fires

October 18, 2017

A state of emergency was declared in California last week, after more than a dozen wildfires broke out in the state. Most of the fires began on October 8, in Northern California. They grew rapidly, fueled by winds of up…

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Puerto Rico's Plea

October 5, 2017

Puerto Rico is trying to recover from Hurricane Maria. The storm struck the U.S. territory on September 20. It was the first Category 4 hurricane to hit Puerto Rico directly since 1932. The storm knocked down trees, destroyed homes,…



Into the Eye

October 3, 2017

Whipping wind and hammering rain take hold of the aircraft, rattling its passengers. Stomachs drop. The radar screen goes fuzzy. This would frighten most people. But flight director Jessica Williams remains focused. Williams is a hurricane hunter. She works for…



Mexico's Quake

September 28, 2017

Sections of Mexico City and nearby areas were left in ruins after a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck Mexico on September 19. Buildings collapsed, homes were destroyed, and thousands of people were injured. Immediately after the quake, 40% of Mexico City, the…


Irma's Wrath

September 20, 2017

Millions of people are recovering from Hurricane Irma. The powerful storm slammed several Caribbean islands and the southern coast of the U.S. Irma made landfall on the island of Barbuda on September 6 as a Category 5 storm. The…

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Surviving the Storm

September 1, 2017

Houston, the fourth-largest city in America, is home to 2.1 million people. And it is underwater. On August 25, Hurricane Harvey roared out of the Gulf of Mexico. It made landfall in southeast Texas as a Category 4 storm with…


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After the Storm

October 21, 2016

Millions of Americans are recovering after Hurricane Matthew lashed the southeastern coast of the United States from October 6 to 8. The storm brought powerful winds and heavy rains to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia. On October…

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The Road To Recovery

March 10, 2006

The citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, love to party. Six months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city, partygoers celebrated Mardi Gras, as they do every year at this time. But even as costume-clad folks danced in the streets, evidence of…