Canada pulling team from Sierra Leone over Ebola fears

Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

Health workers wearing protective gear go to remove the body of a person who is believed to have died after contracting the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.

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Mexico evacuates 5,000 for gasoline pipeline leak

A geyser of gasoline spews from a state-owned pipeline at a field in Tlajomulco, Mexico, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Authorities were forced to evacuate thousands of residents living near the pipeline after the large gasoline leak. Officials blamed the accident on fuel thieves. The gasoline did not catch fire and there were no immediate reports of injuries. – AP Photo

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Typhoon Fitow hits eastern China after mass evacuation

Chinese soldiers run as a storm surge hits Wenling, Zhejiang province. Photo: 6 October 2013

Chinese soldiers run as a storm surge hits Wenling, Zhejiang province. Photo: 6 October 2013

(BBC) Powerful Typhoon Fitow has made landfall in eastern China after triggering the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people.

With winds up to 151km/h (93mph), the storm landed in Fujian province early on Monday, bringing heavy rains and causing widespread power cuts.

Some homes are said to have collapsed in neighbouring Zhejiang province and two port workers are missing.

The authorities earlier issued the highest alert – red – for the area.

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Hundreds evacuated from Jacksonville International Airport after suspicious packages found

Photo by Paul Harral-Airport evacuees mull around the outside JIA during a threat of two suspicious packages found Tuesday shutting down all flights.

By Jim Schoettler and Derek Gilliam

(SOURCE) Jacksonville International Airport remained shut down Tuesday night after authorities found two suspicious packages and took at least two men into custody, said airport officials and witnesses.

The packages were found inside the terminal and in a parking garage, said Airport Spokesman Michael Stewart. A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office bomb squad team is on the scene.

A witness told The Times-Union that he saw at least two men handcuffed in separate spots – one in the airport and one outside – shortly before 6 p.m. A second witness said he saw police throw a man to the ground outside the airport and then put him in handcuffs.

Stewart said he is unaware of what is in the packages and gave no details about the men witnesses said were arrested. He said the FBI, Sheriff’s Office and Airport Authority police were involved.

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UC Berkeley campus evacuated; at least one explosion confirmed after power outage



SOURCE – (BERKELEY) At least person was hospitalized and a mandatory evacuation was ordered on the UC Berkeley campus Monday after an explosion followed a campus wide power outage, officials said.

The outage, first reported at 4:45 p.m., appears to have been caused by an attempted copper theft in underground facilities near the Lawrence Hall of Science in the hills area of the campus, officials said.

About 90 minutes later, at 6:30 p.m., an explosion was reported near California Hall. It is unclear if the explosion was caused by the power outage, said Christine Shaff, communications director for facility services, who was near the explosion when it happened.

“It was a fireball,” she said of the explosion.

Image of smoke from explosion tweeted by Kohar Minassian. (Kohar Minassian)

An official Twitter account operated by the Office of Public Affairs said only that the power outage and explosion were caused by a “system failure.”

A few people suffered minor injuries, including one person who was hospitalized, according to campus spokesman Dan Mogulof.

Berkeley Acting Deputy Fire Chief Avery Webb said firefighters, campus police and campus engineers were working to free students trapped in elevators. Webb said fire crews also responded to Latimer Hall, a building housing chemistry classes, where there was a report of ammonia leaking.

German Village Evacuated After Gas Explosion

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BERLIN September 28, 2013 (AP)
Police are evacuating an entire village in central Germany after a fire at a gas company led to an explosion that injured 16 firefighters.

Police spokesman Markus Sicius said an explosion of two gas tanks early Saturday in Harthausen near Ludwigshafen led to the evacuation of some 3,000 residents after the firefighters were injured.

The fire on the grounds of a gas company was first reported at 4:20 a.m., and while firefighters were trying to douse the flames, the fire spread to two trucks with gas tanks which exploded.

Sicius said one of the injured was in a critical, but not life-threatening, condition.

Residents were taken to nearby Dudenhofen and put up at a town hall.

He said the cause of the fire was not immediately known.

Evacuate! Rain and floods pound Colorado as authorities warn thousands to flee

Flooding that has already killed three people is growing worse, destroying buildings and trapping residents. The rain has developed flood waters in an area nearly 130 miles wide.


Flood water shoots out of a sewer on Canon Avenue next to the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo.                        Michael Ciaglo/AP

Friday, September 13, 2013, 7:09 AM

SOURCE  (AP) LYONS, Colo. — With rain still falling and the flood threat still real, authorities called on thousands more people in the inundated city of Boulder and a mountain hamlet to evacuate as a nearby creeks rose to dangerous levels.

The late-night reports from Boulder and the village of Eldorado Springs came as rescuers struggled to reach dozens of people cut off by flooding in Colorado mountain communities, while residents in the Denver area and other downstream communities were warned to stay off flooded streets.

The towns of Lyons, Jamestown and others in the Rocky Mountain foothills have been isolated by flooding and without power or telephone since rain hanging over the region all week intensified late Wednesday and early Thursday.

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