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BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA (BNO NEWS) — Four people were killed on Tuesday and nine other were injured after lightning struck in various areas of Argentina’s capital city, the El Clarin newspaper reported on Wednesday.

Lightning struck the Florencio Var…

MIAMI (BNO NEWS) — Tropical Storm Matthew formed over the south-central Caribbean Sea on late Thursday afternoon and is expected to strengthen further, forecasters said.

As of 5 p.m. EDT, Matthew was located about 700 kilometers (435 miles) east of P…

(WIREUPDATE) — The National Weather Service have issued a tornado warning for Cook County, Illinois that will remain in-effect until 7:00CDT on Wednesday. Tornado sirens were reportedly heard throughout the Chicago-metro area. No confirmed tornado has been spotted, however there were reports of a funnel clouds, strong winds, and hail. The O’Hare and Midway airports [...]

(WIREUPDATE) — Flagstaff police say they are questioning a "person of interest" who may be involved in a large fire that has burned over 400 acres. The Arizona Daily Sun is reporting police detained and began questioning the individual on Saturday evening. They are not calling the person a suspect at this time. The fire [...]

NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday evening, seismologists said.

The 6.2-magnitude earthquake was centered about 16 kilometers (10 miles) west-northwest of Kandrian, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. It struck about 24 miles (40 kilometers) deep, making it a shallow earthquake.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the earthquake. No tsunami warnings were issued.

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NEW YORK (BNO NEWS) — Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea, seismologists say.

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UNITED NATIONS (BNO NEWS) –Haiti’s earthquake in January began the year with a harsh natural disaster, but Haiti’s situation could worsen with the onset of this year’s hurricane season, the United Nations (UN) said Tuesday.

“This is a country acutely exposed to hurricanes at the best of times,” said Sarah Muscroft, head of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Haiti. “With so many people still so vulnerable after the recent earthquake, a serious hurricane this year could be devastating. We are therefore planning for a worst-case scenario,” she added, as experts are warning of severe hurricanes.

According to OCHA, contingency plans being designed include the dedication of 24-hour humanitarian rapid response teams in case of rain or hurricane-related incidents in sites where those who lost their homes as a result of the January 12 earthquake have settled in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The rest of the country, where poverty is extreme and infrastructure poor, also remains acutely vulnerable – especially areas still recovering from Hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna and Ike – which between them killed over 800 people in the space of a month in 2008 and devastated large parts of the country.

Other preparedness measures by humanitarian agencies currently under way include the pre-positioning of two million emergency food rations in 31 locations across Haiti by the UN World Food Program.

The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies has a permanent emergency task force on standby and is pre-positioning emergency items in 10 towns and cities, and shelter agencies are working to ensure sufficient emergency shelter materials are available.

Hurricane mitigation work in camps following technical assessments is also ongoing to reduce vulnerability to flooding and rains. Further contingency planning, however, would greatly benefit from release of the countrywide contingency plan drafted by the Department of Civil Protection in collaboration with partners. While the plan has been updated following the earthquake, the OCHA said finalization by the interior ministry has not been completed.

“While it is encouraging that the Government has led this process, it is vital that this plan is put into practice as quickly as possible,” Muscroft said. “The international community is standing by to assist in this process in any way we can,” she added.

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WASHINGTON D.C. (BNO NEWS) – The U.S. military officially ended on Tuesday its earthquake disaster response in Haiti after a massive relief effort conducted by the U.S. Southern Command (Southcom), the American Forces Press Service informed.

Despite the official closing on the U.S. military disaster response, they will conduct two annual military exercises in the region in order to assist in humanitarian and construction projects on the island throughout the summer and fall hurricane season.

The relief efforts were a joint collaboration of the military with the State Department, nongovernmental organizations and the Haitian government. During its peak, the response included 22,000 forces, 7,000 based on land and the remainder operating aboard 58 aircraft and 15 vessels.

The U.S. military accomplished many goals, like the reopening of Toussaint L’Ouverture International Airport in Port au Prince by airmen with the 1st Special Operations Wing, the delivery of more than 2.6 million bottles of water, 2.2 million food rations, 17 million pounds of bulk food and 149,000 pounds of medical supplies into Haiti.

One of the most important achievements of the Southcom relief efforts was the medical assistance given by the military. Service members treated and evaluated thousands of Haitian patients, including more than 8,600 on the Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort.

In addition to the future humanitarian projects, Southcom will fund $1 million of disaster preparedness and humanitarian assistance projects designed to enhance the capacity of the Haitian government to provide for the citizens.

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UNALASKA, ALASKA (BNO NEWS) – The Mt. Cleveland volcano in Alaska emitted on Monday night a small ash cloud, the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO) announced on Tuesday. The cloud was visible in a satellite image and was spotted moving southwest at 7:56 p.m. (GMT-3). At the time the cloud was discovered, it was detached from [...]

SAN JOSE (BNO NEWS) — A strong earthquake shook Costa Rica on Monday evening, seismologists said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The 6.1-magnitude earthquake at 9.26 p.m. local time (0326 UTC Tuesday) was centered about 74 kilometers (46 miles) south-southwest of San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. It struck about 29.3 kilometers (18.2 miles) deep, making it a shallow earthquake, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Strong shaking was felt in San Jose, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami warnings were issued.

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