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Moderate earthquake injures 35 people in southwestern Iranian town, official says

A moderate earthquake damaged buildings and injured at least 35 people early today in a town in southwestern Iran, sending panicked residents running into the streets, a local official said.

The magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck at 2:03 a.m. and was centered in the town of Doroud, 235 miles southwest of the capital, Tehran, said Jafar Lak, an official in the governor's office in Doroud.

"The epicenter of the quake was exactly in the center of the town and damaged many buildings," Lak said.

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Massachusetts: Coldest March day since 1950

A meteorologist in the Taunton office of the National Weather Service today confirmed what anybody walking outside quicky realizes, which is, it is about as cold as it can be for the month of March.

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Record cold of minus 35 degrees registered at Watertown NY Airport

WATERTOWN, N.Y. After more than two weeks of frigid days across upstate New York, warmer air will sweep east across the state today, pushing temperatures into the mid-30s.
That will be a welcome change from yesterday. At Watertown Airport, under a clear sky with hardly a breeze, the mercury plunged to 35 degrees below zero just before dawn.

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China Gets Strongest snowstorm in half century

THE strongest March snowstorm to hit northeast China's Liaoning Province in 56 years has left at least one person dead and seven injured after the roof of an agricultural trade building collapsed under the weight of the snow, local sources said.

Three arched ceilings of the Minglian Agricultural Trade Building in Huanggu District, in the provincial capital of Shenyang, collapsed at noon yesterday, burying about 20 stall owners and customers, said a witness.

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Canada: February was coldest in 28 years

If you thought February was particularly cold, you were right.

Frigid conditions made the month the coldest February in 28 years, according to Environment Canada's senior climatologist David Phillips.

Not since 1979 has February dished up such bone-rattling conditions.

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Powerful Indonesian Earthquake Kills 70

PADANG, Indonesia - A powerful earthquake crumpled houses across a large swath of western Indonesia on Tuesday, killing at least 70 people and injuring hundreds, authorities said, predicting that the toll would rise.


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Extreme cold weather alert in force

The City of Toronto has issued an extreme cold weather alert, effective immediately, to help get homeless people in from the cold. This is in effect until further notice.

An extreme cold weather alert is issued when extremely cold weather is forecast. This type of severe cold weather is hazardous to homeless people who are sleeping outside.

Street Helpline operates 24 hours a day to help homeless people and front-line workers know where to find shelter and other services. Street Helpline can be called toll-free at 1-866-392-3777 from any payphone. Members of the public can phone this number if they see a homeless person sleeping
outside.

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Sumatra quake felt in Malaysia

A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.3 shook Indonesia's Sumatra island on Tuesday and was felt in Singapore and Malaysia as well, causing the evacuation of several buildings over 400km away.


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Heavy storm hits Russia's Far East, state of emergency declared

A heavy storm that hit the Primorye Territory in Russia's Far East Sunday has paralyzed the region and prompted local authorities to declare a state of emergency, the press office of the regional administration said Monday.

The snowstorm, the most powerful in more than 100 years of weather observations in the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok in March, disrupted transportation and power supplies in several areas in the region's south, leaving some 2,000 people without electricity, the regional authorities said.

First Deputy Governor Alexander Kostenko has been placed in charge of the regional administration's efforts to restore order in the snowstorm's wake, the administration's press office said.

"The main task for all of the region's essential services and the emergency ministry's teams is to clear the roads," the press office said.

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Tornadoes wreak havoc across US

Tornadoes ripped across the Southern and Midwestern US on Thursday, killing at least 11 people, most of whom had been taking shelter in an Alabama high school when it collapsed.

Five people died when the school building was torn open by the twister in the town of Enterprise, according to Yasmie Richardson of the state's Emergency Management Agency. The agency had said earlier that 17 people had died in the town, but later lowered the state-wide toll to seven, blaming initial miscommunication among officials.