Gas leak kills one, sickens 19 at NY mall

NY DAILY NEWS—A faulty heating system is being blamed for triggering a carbon monoxide leak Saturday that killed a manager of a popular Long Island eatery and sickened 19 other people. The Legal Sea Food restaurant at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station remained closed Sunday and tables bore half-eaten meals left by diners forced…

Tornado Summit in Oklahoma

NEWSON6—Weather experts from around the country are in Oklahoma for the annual National Tornado Summit. About 1,100 participants from 24 states are here, hoping to learn from past tragedies. They’re talking about ways to better protect lives and better prepare for a tornado outbreak. They’ll also looking at ways to better recover when a disaster does…

NPR Reporter Carrie Kahn Talks About The Politics of Disaster

USD—On Thursday, February 6, 2013, National Public Radio Mexico City correspondant Carrie Kahn spoke with University of San Diego students about her work over the last decade reporting on disasters and disaster relief efforts in the United States, Mexico and Haiti. Kahn’s  work on reporting disasters includes stories on Hurricanes Wilma, Rita, and Katrina in 2005, as well…

Fears as Fukushima Radiation Arrives from Japan This Year

BLOOMBERG—Seaborne radiation from Japan’s wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant will wash up on the West Coast of the U.S. this year. That’s raising concerns among some Americans including the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area city of Fairfax, which passed a resolution on Dec. 6 calling for more testing of coastal seafood. At the same time, oceanographers and radiological scientists…

Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano erupts

BBC—Ecuador’s Tungurahua volcano erupted three times over the weekend, sending huge clouds of ash and smoke into the sky, authorities said. Two moderate explosions on Saturday were followed by a third of greater size. Local reports say the blast created a column of ash of about 8kms (5 miles) above the volcano, which is located in Penipe…

Deadly Mudslides & Flooding in Philippines

Accuweather.com—Days of heavy rainfall caused by a tropical low have resulted in numerous mudslides and widespread flooding across the southern Philippines. Echoing the deadly mudslides of 2009, nearly 340,000 people have been affected by the recent flooding, at least 26 people have died, and 11 more remain missing as rain continues to fall across the region, according…