Disaster planning and response

In this Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, photo, a family scavenges for salvageable items from the ruins of their house at Petobo neighborhood which was wiped out by liquefaction caused by a massive earthquake in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia. Many in the decimated village had no idea they were in an area already identified as a high-risk zone for this apocalyptic phenomenon that causes soft ground to liquefy during temblors. The area around Sulawesi island's Palu Bay had been slammed before and was due for another potential perfect storm, capable of unleashing earthquakes, landslides, tsunami waves, and soil liquefaction. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
October 08, 2018 - 6:42 pm
PETOBO, Indonesia (AP) — When the violent shaking from a massive magnitude 7.5 earthquake finally stopped, Selvi Susanti stood up and realized something strange was happening. First, she saw the ground suddenly begin to sink. Then the pavement split beneath her feet like a broken dinner plate and...
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Bobby Smith boards up the windows at Jani's Ceramics in Panama City, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, in preparation for the arrival of Hurricane Michael. (Patti Blake/News Herald via AP)
October 08, 2018 - 4:09 pm
MIAMI (AP) — Residents of Florida's Panhandle frantically filled sandbags, boarded up homes and secured boats in harbors Monday as they anxiously awaited Hurricane Michael, which forecasters warned could smash into the northeast Gulf Coast as a dangerous major hurricane within days. Fueled by warm...
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Indonesian military and police personnel carry relief aid from a Japan Air Force cargo plane at the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018. A 7.5 magnitude earthquake rocked the city on Sept. 28, triggering a tsunami and mud slides that killed a large number of people and displaced tens of thousands others. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
October 06, 2018 - 4:36 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Search teams pulled bodies from obliterated neighborhoods in the disaster-stricken Indonesian city of Palu on Saturday as more aid rolled in and the government said it was considering making devastated areas into mass graves. Indonesia's disaster agency said the death toll...
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October 05, 2018 - 1:04 pm
BOSTON (AP) — The natural gas company at the center of the explosions north of Boston last month was "woefully unprepared" to prevent or respond to the unfolding disaster, Sens. Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey said Friday after a review of internal company documents. The Massachusetts Democrats said...
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A boy is teary-eyed as he joins during Friday prayers outside a damaged mosque caused by the massive earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Oct. 5, 2018. French rescuers say they've been unable to find the possible sign of life they detected a day earlier under the rubble of a hotel that collapsed in the earthquake a week ago on Indonesia's Sulawesi island. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
October 05, 2018 - 2:53 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — Hundreds of Muslim survivors in the Indonesian city of Palu gathered at shattered mosques for Friday prayers, seeking strength to rebuild their lives a week after a powerful earthquake and tsunami killed more than 1,500 people. Men with skull caps sat on prayer mats in an...
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Filipinos stand beside the heavily damaged Mercure hotel after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, unsure when they'll be able to rebuild and spending hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
October 04, 2018 - 12:35 pm
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — A French rescue team said Thursday it has detected a possible sign of life under the rubble of a hotel in Indonesia's Sulawesi island nearly a week after it was hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, as the death toll rose to more than 1,500. Philip Besson, a member of the...
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Indonesian military personnel distribute relief aid at the Mutiara Sis Al-Jufri airport to evacuate the earthquake and tsunami-damaged city of Palu, Central Sulawesi Indonesia, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018. Life is on hold for thousands living in tents and shelters in the Indonesian city hit by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, unsure when they'll be able to rebuild and spending hours each day often futilely trying to secure necessities such as fuel for generators. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
October 04, 2018 - 6:39 am
PALU, Indonesia (AP) — The Latest on the earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia (all times local): 8.15 p.m. A French rescue worker says his team, using high-tech scanners, has detected a person believed to be still alive under the rubble of a hotel in the Indonesian city of Palu, nearly a week after...
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Plumes of volcanic ash rise out of Mount Soputan, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018, from the village of Tombatu, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. No evacuations were immediately ordered, though people were advised to avoid the area nearest the mountain and to beware of falling ash. (AP Photo/Yehezkiel Dondokambey)
October 03, 2018 - 6:23 pm
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A volcano erupted Wednesday on the same central Indonesian island struck last week by a powerful earthquake and tsunami, but no evacuations were ordered. Mount Soputan on the northern part of Sulawesi island spewed ash more than 6,000 meters (19,700 feet) into the sky in...
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In this photo taken taken Thursday Sept. 27, 2018, the Finnish icebreaker Polaris is moored in Helsinki after an oil spill response drill testing an in-built recovery system, a first for an icebreaker. The vessel can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. (AP Photo/David Keyton)
October 03, 2018 - 1:53 am
HELSINKI (AP) — A Finnish icebreaker has conducted an oil spill response exercise in the Baltic Sea, testing a new, inbuilt oil recovery system — a first for an icebreaker. The vessel, Polaris, can collect 1,400 cubic meters (49,000 cubic feet) of oil, even in harsh and icy weather conditions. The...
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A driver waits to get towed out of flooded street during a flash flood as a result of heavy rains from tropical storm Rosa Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
October 02, 2018 - 4:44 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — Remnants of a tropical storm drenched parts of the desert Southwest on Tuesday, trapping some drivers on swamped Phoenix streets as authorities prepared for possible flash flooding in Arizona, central Utah and elsewhere. Rosa, a hurricane that was downgraded to a tropical storm and...
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