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Why no one died in Alaska’s 2018 earthquake

A major quake in 1964 changed the way the state designed its cities.
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Bushfires in the tropics: Queensland faces terrifying new reality | Australia news | The Guardian

With cyclone season under way, exhausted emergency services are more aware than most that climate change is beginning to pose impossible challenges
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Hurricane Florence broke 28 flood records in NC, SC | Charlotte Observer

The U.S. Geological Survey has confirmed that 18 streamgages in North Carolina and 10 in South Carolina registered record-setting water levels during Hurricane Florence. The information could help emergency managers, engineers and leaders better plan for future floods.
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New study explains creation of deadly California 'firenado'

A rare fire tornado that raged during this summer's deadly Carr Fire in Northern California was created by a combination of scorching weather, erratic winds and an ice-topped cloud that towered miles into the atmosphere, according to a study announced Wednesday.
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Landslide risk heightens when rains hit fire-ravaged areas

Rainfall can be a risk as much as a relief in fire-damaged areas of California. Earlier this year, at least 21 people died and more than a 100 were injured when heavy rains prompted a mudslide in Montecito after the Thomas Fire.
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Record surge in subsidence claims after summer heatwave  

Startling new figures have revealed the true cost of this summer’s heatwave, with the number of subsidence issues four times higher thanks to record-breaking temperatures.
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The largest December tornado outbreak in history of Illinois

With 27 confirmed tornados on December 1, 2018, the state of Illinois experienced its largest tornado outbreak during the month of December ever. NWS said additional storm surveys will be done on December 4, so this number is subject to change. Th
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Alaskans rattled by more than 2,100 aftershocks since last week's earthquake | CBC News

Residents have been rattled by more than 2,100 aftershocks since Friday's magnitude 7.0 quake. The earthquake closed public buildings and schools, clogged roads and knocked homes off foundations.
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Researchers look to see how elevated housing in Florida stood up to Hurricane Michael

It's commonplace in U.S. coastal areas and floodplains to upraise homes in order to keep living areas dry in case the water rises. However, mobile and wood homes standing a few feet off the ground could be a lot more susceptible to winds exerting force from underneath and increasing the force of loads on walls and ceilings—a possibility that has been studied little, until now.
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Design for flooding: how cities can make room for water

Australia's coastal settlements are highly exposed to the impacts of climate change. Climate-resilient urban landscapes that can cope with large amounts of water need to become the new normal.
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Increasing crop insurances adoption in developing countries

Farmers in developing countries often rely heavily on their yearly harvest to feed their families. A bad crop can have severe consequences for their livelihood. Despite the significant advantages crop insurance offers in alleviating this risk, only a small percentage of farmers insure their crops. A simple but effective solution tested by researchers from the University of Zurich has increased insurance adoption to over 70 percent.
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