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Cloud Lightning

Haitians flee Gonaives before Ike reaches island

Gonaives - Hundreds of people fled this waterlogged city Saturday for higher ground as powerful Hurricane Ike threatened to unleash heavy rain and compound a disaster caused by a previous storm. At the local jail, emaciated inmates waited for food to stave off starvation.


With a tropical storm warning issued Saturday for Gonaives and other parts of Haiti, some residents climbed on top of cars to reach the second floor of their homes, where they had piled up furniture and spread sheets to provide shade, said Holly Inurreta of Catholic Relief Services.

"We are very concerned about Ike," she said. "Any bit more of rain and Gonaives will be cut off again."


Flood in China coal mine traps 20 people

Beijing - A state-run news agency says 20 people are trapped after a coal mine flooded in central China.

The official Xinhua News Agency said the flood occurred early Sunday morning in Henan province. The report cited local authorities as saying that about 20 people were trapped underground.

Cloud Lightning

Nearly 500 dead in flooded Haitian town

Port-Au-Prince - Haitian police found 495 corpses when muddy floodwaters began to recede on Friday from the port city of Gonaives following days of heavy rain from Tropical Storm Hanna, the town's police commissioner said on Friday.

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An aerial view of floods caused by Tropical Storm Hanna is seen in Gonaives in this September 3, 2008 file photo. Haitian police found 495 corpses when muddy floodwaters began to recede on Friday from the port city of Gonaives.


Rock slide in Cairo shantytown kills 24

Massive boulders crashed down on a shantytown on the outskirts of Cairo Saturday, killing at least 24 people and burying many more under tons of rubble, Egyptian authorities said.

Cloud Lightning

Growing Ike nears Turks and Caicos, south Bahamas

PROVIDENCIALES, Turks and Caicos - A strengthening Hurricane Ike loomed over this low-lying island chain Saturday as a dangerous Category 4 storm, prompting thousands of people to evacuate while those staying behind hunkered down and hoped for the best.

Cloud Lightning

Hanna rakes Carolinas with rain, wind, some floods

RALEIGH, N.C. - Tropical Storm Hanna blew hard and dumped rain in eastern North Carolina and Virginia Saturday, but caused little damage beyond isolated flooding and power outages as it quickly headed north toward New England.


Minor earthquake rattles San Francisco Bay area

A light earthquake has rattled the San Francisco Bay area.

The U.S. Geological Survey's preliminary report put the quake at a 4.0 magnitude.

The temblor hit just after 9 p.m. and could be felt throughout the region.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Alarm Clock

Mysterious dolphin die-off worries scientists

Since mid-May, 46 bottlenose dolphins have stranded themselves and died on beaches throughout the Indian River Lagoon, alarming scientists who say that's six more dolphins than they usually find in an entire year.

Three of the dead dolphins have been found in Mosquito Lagoon, on the southern end of Volusia County.

Bizarro Earth

4.6 earthquake shakes Baja area

A 4.6-magnitude earthquake has struck the Baja area at the California/Mexico line, according to preliminary information from the United States Geological Survey.

Bizarro Earth

Earthquake hits NW Pakistan, tremors in Kashmir

An earthquake of medium intensity measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale jolted North West Afghanistan on Friday. The tremors were felt in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K), where people went into a tizzy and rushed outside their houses.