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New law lets tribes seek direct disaster aid from president

February 1, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Tribes are now able to seek federal disaster aid directly from the president rather than waiting for state governors to make a declaration.
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Titanic’s legacy defined by fascination with disasters

April 8, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Epic disasters the anguished cries, the stories of heroism are the central narratives of our age, both enthralling and horrifying. And our obsession began a century ago, unfolding in just 160 terrifying minutes, on a supposedly unsinkable ship, as more than 1,500 souls slipped into the icy waters of the North Atlantic. And the band played on. It was the Titanic. And ever since, we’ve been hooked on disasters, in general but the tale of the great luxury liner, in particular. And the approaching 100th anniversary of the sinking has merely magnified the Titanic’s fascination. Continue Reading

Powerful quake hits central Chile; coast empties because of tsunami risk

March 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A magnitude-7.2 earthquake has struck just off the coast of central Chile, prompting an emergency evacuation order for people living near the ocean in case it spawns a tsunami. Continue Reading

Strong, lengthy 7.6 quake, aftershock shakes parts of Mexico

March 20, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A strong, long 7.6-magnitude earthquake with an epicenter in Guerrero state today, followed by an aftershock that shook central southern Mexico, swayed buildings in Mexico City and sent frightened workers and residents into the streets. Continue Reading

Backbone of U.S. safety net: Volunteer ‘disaster junkies’

March 2, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Rebuilding after storms is becoming a growth industry as the United States is slammed by more natural disasters, and leaders of the response efforts say the nation’s recovery network functions as well as it does because of a backbone of volunteers nicknamed “disaster junkies.” Continue Reading

Man who warned of equipment quirk before Challenger disaster dies

February 7, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Roger Boisjoly, who died at 73, had written an ominous memo to his supervisors at Morton Thiokol six months before the shuttle launched on Jan. 28, 1986. He told the company that cold weather could compromise the seals connecting sections of the rocket boosters they manufactured. Boisjoly and four other engineers pleaded with supervisors for a delay the night before the launch, as temperatures dipped below freezing. Continue Reading

Rescuers dig to reach trapped in Philippines quake

February 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

At least 13 people were killed and 40 are believed missing, most of them along the shore near the epicenter of the 6.9-magnitude quake that struck in a narrow strait just off Negros Island.
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Cruise ship disaster not deterring local ‘cruisers’

January 27, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Just a few days after the first televised pictures showed the cruise ship Costa Concordia capsized and lying on its side off Italy’s Tuscan shore, Dr. Eugene and Meredith Byron of Grand Forks booked their fall 2012 cruise. There is no hint of concern in his voice as the retired family practice physician relates his coming high seas itinerary. Continue Reading

Minot, Ward County getting $77 million in federal flood relief funds

January 19, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

The federal government has agreed to $77 million in new flood relief funds for North Dakota, the state’s congressional delegation announced Thursday. This represents about 20 percent of the total disaster-relief funding nationwide. Continue Reading

PHILIPPINES: Landslide kills 25, buries more in Philippines

January 5, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A landslide tore through a tiny gold-mining village in the southern Philippines today, killing 25 people and burying dozens more, months after the government warned residents the mountain was certain to crumble. Continue Reading