natural catastrophe

Hawaii lava flow creates 'slow-motion disaster'

It took four months, but the lava flow from the June eruption of Kilauea volcano, on Hawaii’s big island, has reached an inhabited area: the village of Pahoa, where it is expected to swallow up at least a dozen homes over the next few days. The lava river, which is over 1,000 degrees celcius, will slowly destroy the heart of this small community of 950 residents. Read more…

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Philippines typhoon: 'We're worried some of the aid could be diverted'

 
Four days after the strongest typhoon in recorded history wreaked havoc on the Philippines, government relief efforts are still lagging behind and many of the survivors are struggling to fend for themselves. Read more...
 

20 amateur images that have helped make history

 
From the Normandy landings to the Arab Spring, the history of the 20th and 21st century has been caught on camera. There are of course plenty of propaganda videos and journalists’ reports, but key moments in history have also been captured by regular people who happened to be at the right place at the right time. See FRANCE 24's selection of the most striking amateur images in modern history...
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Colorado floods: “I saw pianos floating by my house”

The small town of Lyons, snuggled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, has seen some of the worst flooding in the state of Colorado. Our Observer, a Lyons resident, is one of the few that hasn't evacuated.  Read more...

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Sudanese rally to help flood victims on social media sites

 
Torrential rain has been falling across Sudan since late July, causing devastating floods and leaving thousands of people homeless. Thanks to social media, people no longer have to wait for the government to send help. A movement that started on Facebook has connected thousands of Sudanese with people who want to help with those who need it. Read more...
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An Observer shares striking photos of the massive California wildfire

One of our Observers in Southern California, photographer John Drake, sent us pictures of the gigantic wildfire that has been raging near his town of Idyllwild (in the mountains above Palm Springs) for the past few days. Read more...

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Amateur footage of the Oklahoma tornado

 
A massive, 3km-wide tornado hit the town of Moore in the suburbs of Oklahoma City on Monday, flattening entire neighbourhoods. Watch amateur videos of the tornado...
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