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Archive | Disaster Report

BBC News: Drone Footage Shows Tianjin Blast Site Where a Shipment of Explosives Detonated

Drone video reveal the scale of destruction after two massive explosions in Tianjin, China. At least 44 people are dead, among them 12 firefighters. Hospitals are dealing with an overwhelming influx of patients, as more than 500 people have been injured. Authorities say the explosions happened when a shipment of explosives being stored in a […]

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Ongoing Environmental Disaster at Animas River Mine Spill, Colorado

A plume of orange muck from a large mine waste spill in Colorado has drifted about 55 miles downriver and is closing in on New Mexico, prompting communities to take precautions until the sludge passes. Workers for the Environmental Protection Agency used heavy equipment to enter the defunct Gold King Mine in southern Colorado on […]

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Preliminary Damage Survey Results from Sunday’s Lake County, IL Tornado Indicates Maximum at EF-1 Intensity

The NWS Chicago survey team that is investigating tornado damage in Lake County, Illinois from the severe thunderstorms on Sunday evening has some preliminary findings from the Round Lake to Hainesville and Grayslake area. The tornado touched down near Round Lake and produced damage of maximum EF-1 intensity along its path into Grayslake, with estimated […]

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Tornado Touches Down in Cameron, Illinois Near Monmouth About 160 miles Southwest of Chicago

A large multi-vortex tornado touched down just outside of Monmouth, Illinois. Video shows debris in the air along with many power flashes and lightning. A tornado touched down in Cameron, Illinois causing extensive damage, but apparently caused no serious injuries. The same tornado or other tornadoes were also reported near Monmouth, Kirkwood, and Biggsville, Illinois […]

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Tornado Damage Images for Sublette, Sterling and Mendota Area in Illinois

As search and rescue teams continue their work Tuesday morning from last night’s storms, the National Weather is planning to conduct damage surveys on Tuesday, June 23rd to assess the number, tracks, and intensity of tornadoes and straight line wind damage in Illinois. First responders ready to help at Woodhaven Lakes. @13WREX #SubletteTornado pic.twitter.com/rgUPaj97xj — […]

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Tornado Damage Images for Coal City and Braidwood Area in North Central Illinois

As search and rescue teams continue their work Tuesday morning from last night’s storms, the National Weather is planning to conduct damage surveys on Tuesday, June 23rd to assess the number, tracks, and intensity of tornadoes and straight line wind damage in Illinois. Chicago Weather: At least 5 tornadoes touch down in Illinois http://t.co/b8zqZSg8dr pic.twitter.com/cDRlOnsGcn […]

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What If a “Bomb Train” Derailed at the Railroad Bridge at Northwest Highway and Davis St, Arlington Heights?

Stalled freight train in downtown Arlington Heights consisted of one tanker car with Di-Methyl Sulfate, one tanker car with N-Propanol, two unmarked tanker cars, and one tanker car that was not observed close up. Trains known as “bomb trains” have been nicknamed because of their black, torpedo-shaped tanks that are filled with potentially explosive crude […]

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Amtrak Train #188 Moving at 106 MPH When Engineer Applied Brakes on Curve Regulated at 50 MPH

NTSB Board Member Robert Sumwalt says the emergency brakes slowed the Amtrak train from 106 mph to 102 mph before the train derailed in Philadelphia. The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released preliminary crash information at a press conference in Philadelphia just after 5:00 p.m. Wednesday describing a train that was traveling over 100 MPH […]

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Updates from Philadelphia Amtrak Train Crash, Derailment: Surveillance Video Shows Power Flashes, Naval Academy Midshipman Killed

Surveillance video shows train passing at high moment before train derailment, then shows flashes during crash. The Amtrak train that derailed near Philadelphia Tuesday night, which killed at least seven people and caused over 200 people to require visits to area hospitals appeared to have been traveling at more than 100 miles an hour as […]

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Amtrak Crash in Philadelphia; Crashed Train Was En Route from Washington DC to New York City

CNN’s Sara Sidner reports from the scene of an Amtrak passenger train derailment that has left at least five people dead and many more injured. A sixth person died overnight. An Amtrak train is reported derailed in Philadelphia with injuries reported. Officials have not confirmed injuries, but photos taken by former Pennsylvania congressman Patrick J. […]

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Formation of a Tornado Explained: Collision of Warm, Moist Air & Cold Dry Air, Elevated Thunderheads, Rotation, Downdraft

CNN meteorologist Jennifer Gray explains how tornadoes form and why they are one of the most dangerous weather phenomena on Earth. Scale Wind speed (Estimated) Relative frequency Potential damage mph km/h m/s EF0 65–85 105–137 29–37 53.5% Minor or no damage. Peels surface off some roofs; some damage to gutters or siding; branches broken off […]

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Video Reports on Nepal Earthquake of April 25, 2015

Dr. Sanjay Gupta performed brain surgery on an earthquake victim in Nepal. Kristie Lu Stout speaks to Dolma Development Fund Chairman Tim Gocher about the devastation in Nepal’s rural regions CNN’s Arwa Damon travels to the district of Kavre, outside the capitol of Kathmandu, Nepal, to see the extent of devastation caused by the earthquake […]

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