Quake damages buildings on Greek island; 2 killed, 120 hurt DEREK GATOPOULOS,Associated Press 9 minutes ago ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook the Greek resort island of Kos overnight, damaging older buildings and the main port, killing at least two people and causing more than 120 injuries.The 6.5-magnitude quake about 1:30 a.m. Friday rattled other islands and Turkey’s Aegean coast as well, but Kos was nearest to the epicenter and appeared to be the worst-hit, with all of the deaths and injuries reported there. Fallen bricks and other debris coated many streets, and the island’s seafront road and parts of the main town were flooded by a small tsunami.Giorgos Hadjimarkos, regional governor, said four or five of the injuries were „worrying” and damaged buildings were being inspected, but the „main priority at the moment is saving lives.” The Kos hospital said at least 20 of the injured had broken bones.A wall collapsed on a building dating to the 1930s and it crushed people who were at the bar in the building’s lower level, according to Kos Mayor Giorgos Kyritsis. „There are not many old buildings left on Kos. Nearly all the structures on the island have been built under the new codes to withstand earthquakes,” the mayor said.Kos’s „old town” area, full of bars and other nighttime entertainment, was littered with broken stone in the streets. Hotels had shattered glass and other damage, leaving hundreds of tourists to spend the rest of the night outdoors, trying to sleep on beach loungers with blankets provided by staff.”The instant reaction was to get ourselves out of the room,” said Christopher Hackland of Edinburgh, Scotland, who is a scuba instructor on Kos. „There was banging. There was shaking. The light was swinging, banging on the ceiling, crockery falling out of the cupboards, and pans …”There was a lot of screaming and crying and hysterics coming from the hotel,” he said, referring to the hotel next to his apartment building. „It felt like being at a theme park with one of the illusions, an optical illusion where you feel like you’re upside down.”Authorities had warned of a localized tsunami, and witnesses described a „swelling” of the sea after the earthquake. A seafront road and parts of the island’s main town were flooded, and the rising seawater even pushed a boat onto the main road and caused several cars to slam into each other. Ferry service was canceled until daylight because Kos’s main port was damaged, and at least one ferry en route to the port was unable to dock.Other buildings damaged included an old mosque where a minaret collapsed and a 14th-century fortress at the entrance to the main port. Minor damage — cracks in buildings, smashed windows and trashed shops — appeared widespread.Rescuers were checking for trapped people inside houses after the quake struck in the middle of the night and were heading to outlying villages to check for damage.Greek officials said the quake was 6.5-magnitude and the numerous aftershocks were weaker but still could put at risk the buildings that were already damaged. The epicenter was 6 miles (10 kilometers) south of Bodrum, Turkey, and 10 miles (16 kilometers) east-northeast of Kos with a depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers).In Turkey, the ensuing panic caused minor injuries, according to Esengul Civelek, governor of Mugla province.In Bitez, a resort town about 6 kilometers (4 miles) west of Bodrum, the quake sent frightened residents running into the streets.Hotel guests briefly returned to their rooms to pick up their belongings but chose to spend the rest of the night outside, with some using sheets and cushions borrowed from nearby lounge chairs to build makeshift beds.Greece and Turkey lie in an especially earthquake-prone zone._Associated Press journalists Ayse Wieting in Bitez, Turkey; Elena Becatoros in Saranda, Albania; and Ron DePasquale in New York contributed to this report.
Ash, not tourists fill Gold Rush-era town near Yosemite SCOTT SMITH and OLGA R. RODRIGUEZ,Associated Press 2 hours 1 minute ago 2:293:152:420:421:020:13Helmet Cam Captures California Wildfires MARIPOSA, Calif. (AP) — The town of Mariposa, with its century-old saloons and covered sidewalks, normally bustles with summer visitors on their way to Yosemite National Park but on Thursday the Gold Rush-era hamlet was mostly empty as ash rained down and heavy smoke from a nearby blaze darkened the sky.The five-day-old blaze in the Sierra Nevada foothills threatened hundreds of homes and historic buildings, including a wood courthouse founded in 1854 and touted as the oldest active courthouse west of the Rocky Mountains.The fire did not grow as significantly Thursday as it had earlier in the week, but state fire officials revealed late in the day that 99 structures have now been destroyed, 50 of them homes. Eleven homes and five other structures have been damaged. The wildfire has scorched 109 square miles (282 square kilometers), threatening at least 1,500 homes.About 35 miles southwest of the park, Mariposa’s charming main street has covered sidewalks and historic wood and brick buildings that now house antique shops, restaurants, pizza parlors and art galleries, offering a taste of the Gold Rush days.Carol Dewey, who owns a small bed and breakfast in downtown Mariposa, was one of several business owners allowed in Thursday to check on their shops in the town under mandatory evacuation.”The place is like a ghost town,” Dewey said. „This fire has really devastated the area, business is just flat.”Dewey, 64, said in recent years people in their 30s have opened several new businesses and wine bars, attracting lots of young tourists. Now, they stand empty as firefighters try to keep the flames away from the town of 2,000 residents.More than 3,000 firefighters are battling the blaze that has forced almost 5,000 people from homes in and around a half-dozen small communities. It is 10 percent contained.Only fire trucks and other emergency vehicles traveled Thursday on Highway 140, the main road to Yosemite National Park and the town’s main street.”We just hope everything gets back to normal by next week,” she said.The fire came within a half-mile of Mariposa but crews have been able to keep it out of the town by dropping red retardant on the flames burning on nearby slopes and using bulldozers and hand crews to build fire brakes, said Cal Fire spokesman Jason Motta.”We saw the fire come over the ridge on the north side of Mariposa and it crested the ridge just at sundown” when it was cooling down, Motta said, adding the lower temperatures helped fire crews stop the wildfire’s progress.”The imminent threat to Mariposa is over but fire crews are maintaining the line to control the threat,” he said.At its closest, the blaze was still about 35 miles (56 kilometers) from the boundary of Yosemite, where campgrounds are open, park spokesman Scott Gediman said.The fire closed one of several roads into the park during its busy summer season, and rangers warned visitors with respiratory problems to be mindful of the smoky haze over the park’s landmark Half Dome rock face, Gediman said.Yosemite does not appear at risk from the fire, which was moving south, away from the park, Motta said.Record rain and snowfall in the mountains this winter abruptly ended California’s five-year drought. But that has increased the challenge for crews battling flames feeding on dense vegetation.Statewide, about 6,000 firefighters were battling 17 wildfires, including about 2,200 at the fire near Yosemite.Gov. Jerry Brown has declared an emergency, bolstering the state’s resources to battle the fire._This story has been corrected to show that several businesses have been opened in Mariposa by people in their 30s in recent years, not that about 30 businesses have opened in recent years._Rodriguez reported from San Francisco.
California wildfire burns 45 buildings near YosemiteBy Alex Dobuzinskis A chimney stands amidst remains of a home destroyed by the Detwiler fire in Mariposa, California U.S. July 19, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen LamBy Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – A raging wildfire in central California that has forced more than 5,000 people from their homes spread rapidly on Thursday after destroying dozens of buildings not far from Yosemite National Park, fire officials said.The Detwiler Fire, which is menacing the former gold rush town of Mariposa in the Sierra Nevada foothills, is only 10 percent contained, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, or Cal Fire, said on its website.”We’re doing everything we can to protect that town and all the other communities in that area,” Amy Head, a spokeswoman for Cal Fire, said by telephone.Mariposa is 50 miles (80 km) outside Yosemite National Park and largely dependent on tourism.Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency for Mariposa County on Tuesday.More than 3,000 firefighters, working in temperatures of 90 to 96 Fahrenheit (32 to 36 Celsius), were battling the fire, which has charred 70,596 acres (28,570 hectares), Cal Fire said.It has expanded by more than 22,000 acres (8,903 hectares) since Thursday morning. Cal Fire said it has burned 45 buildings and damaged another six since it began on Monday. The cause of the fire is under investigation.The fire came within a half-mile of Mariposa on Wednesday, said Cal Fire spokeswoman Shanelle Saunders. The town’s 2,000 residents were ordered on Tuesday to evacuate.Yosemite National Park remained open. Saunders said the biggest concern with the park on Thursday was air quality due to heavy smoke.The community of Coulterville was evacuated on Wednesday, Saunders said.The Detwiler Fire, named after a road near where it started, was threatening 1,500 structures, Cal Fire said.Meanwhile, in Montana, officials said that a 19-year-old firefighter was killed on Wednesday when part of a tree fell on him while he was combating the so-called Florence Fire north of Seeley Lake.A total of 44 large fires across 11 western states were burning on Thursday, according to the National Interagency Fire Center’s website.As firefighters handled those blazes, the National Science Foundation announced that a study it had underwritten had found wildfires create their own weather, such as updrafts and eddies, which cause flames to spread out of control.The findings from researchers at San Jose State University, who took measurements near a 2014 wildfire, confirm previous discoveries which were done through computer simulations, instead of in the field, the foundation said in a statement.(Additional reporting by Gina Cherelus in New York and Brendan O’Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Toni Reinhold and Cynthia Osterman)
Watch a tornado toss a car like it’s nothingBrian Koerber• Security camera footage captured strong winds lifting a car clear off the ground in Hamburg, New York, on Thursday, before setting it back down in a new position.The National Weather Service confirmed that an EF-2 tornado touched down in Hamburg at the time. The tornado’s maximum wind speed reached up to 105 mph. No fatalities or injuries have been connected to the weather event, according to NWSThis poor car getting tossed around like a tricycle is simply another example of the incredible powers of Mother Nature. Another angle of the incident shows what appears to be a funnel quickly moving through the neighborhood as the car is briefly lifted off the ground. UPDATED July 20, 2016, 6:40 p.m. PT to include National Weather Service’s confirmation of the tornado’s touchdown.
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2:270:522:570:331:58A body found near a debris-filled creek in central Arizona on Wednesday night is believed to be that of a 27-year-old man who went missing after a deadly flash flood over the weekend.The Gila County Sheriff’s office said it located remains near the Shoo Fly Creek that are „believed to be related to the search” for Hector Garnica, who went missing Saturday after torrential rains flooded the Cold Springs swimming hole near Payson, Arizona, where he and his family were celebrating his wife’s birthday, on Sunday.Garnica’s wife, Maria Garnica, and their three children — Danny, 7; Mia, 5; and Emily, 3 — were carried away and killed in the flash flood. Five other members of the family were also killed. Only four of the 14 family members who were swimming at the creek were rescued, officials said.At a Wednesday evening press conference, Gila County Sheriff J. Adam Shepherd called the investigation „open and very complex” and said the remains would be examined to confirm the victim’s identity.„We are working with the Department of Public Safety to do a DNA analysis on the remains to make sure that this is the individual that we’re looking for,” Shepherd said, „and of course, that being our 10th victim to this situation, Hector Garnica.”Garnica’s family announced earlier on Wednesday that funeral services for their relatives who died in the flash flood would be held early next week.Shepherd confirmed that the family was notified about the remains.”We have been working with the family,” he said Wednesday. „They have been notified, and we have been talking to them.”Authorities said Department of Public Safety helicopter crew members spotted the remains along the East Verde River as they were mapping out a search plan.Rescue teams had been urgently conducting air and ground searches for Garnica since the flash flood hit, but the search was called off around 1 p.m. Wednesday as thunderstorms created possible flood conditions.Questions have arisen about whether the government should or could have done more to warn the public about the dangers of floodwaters in wilderness areas, according to a report by The Associated Press.There is no system in place to specifically warn people about the potential dangers of flash floods at the Tonto National Forest, where the family was celebrating, according to AP.
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