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Volcanic blast reshaped summit of Indonesia's Mount Sinabung

This undated combo photo released by the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation (PVMBG) of Indonesian Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry shows the peak of Mount Sinabung in Karo, North Sumatra before, top, and after with a graphic line superimposed on the area of the new crater following its eruption on Monday. Volcanologists say the eruption of the volcano that shot ash 5 kilometers (3 miles) high also “annihilated” the mountain’s summit. Text on top of frame reads “Before Feb. 19, 2018” and text on bottom reads “After Feb.…

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Indonesia's Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column

Indonesia’s Sinabung volcano unleashes towering ash column More JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Rumbling Mount Sinabung on the Indonesian island of Sumatra shot billowing columns of ash more than 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the atmosphere and hot clouds down its slopes on Monday. There were no fatalities or injuries from the morning eruption, the National Disaster Mitigation Agency said. The volcano, one of three currently erupting in Indonesia, was dormant for four centuries before exploding in 2010, killing two people. Another eruption in 2014 killed 16 people, while seven died…

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Bali volcano decreases in activity, alert status lowered

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities lowered the alert status of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano from the highest level on Saturday following a significant decrease in activity and said thousands of people who have fled its slopes for government shelters may return home. More than 140,000 people fled the area around the mountain after its alert status was raised to the highest level on Sept. 22, indicating an eruption may be imminent. The decision to downgrade Agung’s status was made after several scientific indicators showed a drastic decrease in activity…

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Trump talks unity, sows division in State of the Union

News analysis WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address was billed by the White House beforehand as a speech that would be “unifying” and “bipartisan.” It was neither. A relatively sedate Trump poked seated and silent Democrats in the House chamber — and their constituents — with partisan jabs on Obamacare, immigration, gun rights, respect for the American flag and other issues that have generated fierce friction since he took office. “After a long and divisive year, many Americans were yearning for the president to present…

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Read Democrat Joe Kennedy’s Response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address

Joe Kennedy III, the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy and current U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts, is the latest member of the political dynasty to take the national stage. On Tuesday night, he addressed the United States from the city of Fall River in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District to provide the Democrats’ official response to President Donald Trump’s State of the Union Address. (There were other, unofficial Democratic responses.) Kennedy, whose great-uncle President John F. Kennedy was assassinated 16 years before he was born, worked to sound a defiant tone, while…

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Rep. Kennedy responds to Trump: ‘Bullies’ never win

WASHINGTON — Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass. will accuse President Donald Trump of dividing the country in the official Democratic response to the State of the Union on Tuesday night, according to excerpts released ahead of the speech. “It would be easy to dismiss the past year as chaos, partisanship, politics, but it’s far bigger than that,” Kennedy is expected to say. “This administration isn’t just targeting the laws that protect us, they are targeting the very idea that we are all worthy of protection.” Speaking from Fall River, Massachusetts,…

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BREAKING: California rocked by ANOTHER huge earthquake amid fears ‘BIG ONE’ is IMMINENT

Earlier scientists warned that California is around 10 years overdue for a major earthquake – dubbed the ‘big one’. This latest quake struck 107 miles (173km) west of Ferndale which is just north of San Fransisco in California. Earlier on Thursday California was rocked by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Trabuco Canyon, between Los Angeles and San Diego. California is located on the Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity and earthquakes, which runs around the Pacific Ocean. Scientists continue to fear that the US West Coast is getting…

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Alaska struck by ANOTHER earthquake after HUGE quake sparks tsunami warning for US coast

On Tuesday the southern coast of Alaska was rocked by an earthquake which struck 157 miles (256km) south-east of Chiniak. The quake prompted a tsunami warning for parts of Alaska and Canada and a tsunami watch for the entire US west coast, the US Tsunami Warning System said, when it hit at 9.31am GMT (12.31am local time) on Tuesday. A tsunami watch means emergency officials and the public should prepare to take action. Now the US state has been rocked by another earthquake, this time 169 miles (272km) east-southeast of…

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California Big One WARNING: Beverly Hills at risk of MAJOR earthquake – new data reveals

GETTY/CALIFORNIA’S DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION Scientists fear California is set to be struck a major earthquake – dubbed the ‘big one’ A new map of the region using the latest data from the US Geological Survey shows Beverly Hills – which is situated on the Ring Fire – is at greater risk from earthquakes than previously thought. The Santa Monica fault zone cutts through the so-called Golden Triangle, running between Santa Monica and Wilshire boulevards. The most recent deadly earthquake to rock Beverly Hills occurred just over 24 years ago in…

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Davos World Economic Forum 2018: When is Donald Trump’s speech?

Uncertainty over President Trump’s trip to the elite Swiss Alps gathering – attended by royals, government heads and celebrities – has been rife. The US President is currently scheduled to make a high-profile speech at the World Economic Forum (WEDF) on Friday at 1pm GMT on the fourth and final day of the conference. Listed as ’Special Address by Donald Trump, President of the United States of America’ on the WEF programme, the speech will be the final address made any by world leader at the event.  Earlier, as the…

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