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Natural Disaster

Gatlinburg Ablaze: Here's How You Can Help Wildfire-Ravaged Tennessee Towns

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.29.2016 | Green

As a wildfire raging in Tennessee displaces more than 14,000 people near the resort towns of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, residents in the state have ...

Saving Unknown Lives

Yara Zgheib | Posted 09.13.2016 | Impact
Yara Zgheib

Oh and if I had a brain, Oh and if I had a brain, I'd be cold as a stone and rich as a fool That turned all those good hearts away. - Cherry Ghost, P...

Photos Capture The Deadly Floods Causing Chaos In Southern China

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 06.21.2016 | World

BEIJING (Reuters) - Severe floods in southern China have killed at least 22 people and left 20 missing since Saturday, the government said, with the r...

Natural Disasters Already Cost $40 Billion A Year. It Could Get A Lot Worse.

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 05.17.2016 | Green

As climate change makes natural disasters worse, countries are struggling to cope. The combination of climate change, population growth and urbanizat...

Do not send clothes, help Fiji in other ways

Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson | Posted 02.23.2017 | HuffPost Home
Lagipoiva Cherelle Jackson

If you follow the news then you already know that Fiji was hit hard by one of the strongest cyclones to hit the southern hemisphere in a very long tim...

How Human Error Turned A Bad Midwest Storm Into A Deadly Flood

The Huffington Post | Casey Williams | Posted 12.29.2016 | Science

Many of us can't forget the scenes of the deadly storm that wrecked the Midwest in late December by flooding cities and leaving thousands of people di...

Wildfires, Angels and the Hand of God

Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D. | Posted 09.18.2016 | Religion
Peter M. J. Hess, Ph.D.

I may never be able to understand the "purpose" behind God "allowing" this tragedy. But of one thing I remain absolutely convinced: In the loving, compassionate, nonjudgmental and open-handed support of thousands of people, I see quietly revealed the hands and heart and spirit of the Being some of us call "God."

An Open Letter From A Serial Immigrant

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.30.2016 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

It takes some distance, time, and a healthy dose of objectivity to maintain a 20/20 vision, even when we would rather turn a blind eye and a deaf ear.

Aftermath of Tbilisi Flooding: United We Stand?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 06.22.2016 | World
Tinatin Japaridze

The recent flood in my hometown Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, has drawn international attention and thousands of volunteers from across the country.

Near Nepal's Earthquake Epicenter, Shifting Through Rubble to Find What Remains

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.09.2016 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Most of the older people we spoke to in Bakrang do not want to leave, despite the challenging landscape. Having lost everything, they will not only need basic relief supplies to get by, but also help to recover.

5 of the Worst Tornado Disasters in Illinois History

Reboot Illinois | Posted 06.01.2015 | Chicago
Reboot Illinois

Keep an eye on the skies, Illinois--it's officially tornado season in the Midwest and other tornado-alley states, which usually runs between March and June. But over the past few years, more tornadoes have touched down in Illinois outside of this timespan than during the peak spring season.

In Japan, A Library Works To Restore What Was Lost In The Tsunami

HuffPost Japan | Posted 03.11.2015 | World

The city of Rikuzentaka in eastern Japan was devastated by the earthquake and tsunami that ripped through the area on March 11, 2011. Among the victim...

Photos Document Devastation After Floods Hit Morocco

HuffPost Maroc | Posted 11.25.2014 | World

Devastating floods in Morocco have left at least 32 people dead and 6 missing. The flash floods were caused by heavy storms that swept the region Sund...

What Happens When an Earthquake Strikes the Place Where You Grew Up?

Ravishly | Posted 10.30.2014 | Impact

Perhaps not surprisingly, people have been quick to snicker about the Napa earthquake, downplaying its severity. To some extent, this makes sense -- the area was lucky. But while it's easy to cast judgment from afar and say, it's important to remember that these buildings meant something to their inhabitants.

Valpo Burning

Mason Bryan | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Mason Bryan

The unfailing beauty of tragedy is the unity that follows. It's in disaster that we acquire a heightened sense of connection and become poignantly more aware of the deeper, but rarely acknowledged, truth -- that we really are all in this together.

Do Gay People Control the Weather?

Lillian Daniel | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Lillian Daniel

Whenever there is extreme weather, some weird religious leader gets airtime for blaming someone. Whether it's a tsunami, an earthquake, a heat wave or a drought, someone will say it's God's way of getting our attention and therefore it has to be someone's fault.

Beauty From Ashes

Rai Mensah | Posted 01.23.2014 | Style
Rai Mensah

As we listened to speakers and looked through images of the disaster, I was so very impressed by the grace and beauty with which the people of Iwate functioned even in times of devastation.

10 Cities Where Disaster May Strike Soon | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green

The key to being safe in a hurricane is knowing when to evacuate (when your local officials tell you) and having a plan to get out with enough time....

PHOTOS: Tornado Hits Oklahoma

Posted 06.01.2013 | Green

A deadly storm moved through Oklahoma Friday evening, producing several tornadoes and causing widespread flooding. The storm flooded streets and in...

Tornado Victims Astounded At How They Survived

Reuters | Posted 07.22.2013 | Green

* Six previously missing now accounted for * Area known as Tornado Alley took warnings seriously * President Obama to vi...

Safe: Thoughts On Tornadoes And Hate Violence

Rev. Vicki Flippin | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
Rev. Vicki Flippin

I find it hard to say the word "safe" this week without thinking about the anti-gay hate crimes that have been occurring in our community this year. I have reacted strongly to these acts, but I know that, in this case, I am like the New Yorkers who have never been directly affected by tornadoes.

Economic Development with a human voice

Liz Ryan | Posted 06.29.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

Michael Hecht draws inspiration from the city leaders and planners who designed the all-new Chicago after the Great Fire in 1871. The Chicago fire was...

Cognitive Earthquake: Who's Really in Need?

Wray Herbert | Posted 06.30.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

As described in a forthcoming article in Psychological Science, across all scenarios volunteers felt that they should give much more generously when a disaster had a high death toll. That is, donors were highly sensitive to fatalities, and unfazed by the actual numbers of needy.

Letting Love Win: Coping with Fear, Anger, Grief and Despair in the Wake of Tragedy

Lauren Jacobs | Posted 06.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Lauren Jacobs

It can be so hard to find love in our hearts, to imagine peace, to practice compassion, to have faith in a benevolent universe after terrible things happen. But for as long as we hold on to anger and fear, we add to the darkness in our own hearts and in the world.

2013: The Year Fatigue Set In

Marian Salzman | Posted 03.20.2013 | Healthy Living
Marian Salzman

"Fatigue" turned out to be the perfect word for what many people were beginning to feel after a few years of hyperconnectivity, information overload and always-on living.