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Parts of Eastern Canada cope as water levels rise, flooding homes and roads

Rain, melting snow and ice jams forced waters in parts of Eastern Canada to rise Wednesday, submerging roads, filling basements and prompting hundreds to be evacuated from their homes as officials told people to prepare in case they had to seek higher ground. From Atlantic Canada to Ontario, rivers overflowed and in some cases, water levels rose to heights some said they hadn't seen in years. Many roads were flooded and in New Brunswick, the RCMP urged people not to attempt driving through those areas.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

Deadly earthquakes and tsunamis in Latin America

A 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile late Tuesday, killing at least six people and generating tsunami waves that might ripple as far as Indonesia. Below is a list of deadly earthquakes in Central and Latin America since 2001: -- 2014 -- - April 1 - CHILE: An 8.2-magnitude quake hits northern Chile's Pacific coast, generating tsunami waves that lash the shoreline near the city of Iquique. Tsunami alerts are issued for Ecuador, Honduras, Indonesia and Peru. -- 2012 --

267,000 people remain evacuees 3 yrs after quake-tsunami disasters

About 267,000 people are still living in temporary housing and other makeshift residences nationwide as Japan is set to commemorate three years since the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami that devastated the northeast of the country and triggered an unprecedented nuclear crisis. Police and other authorities continue to search for those missing in the coastal areas after the Great East Japan Earthquake, one of the most powerful quakes on record in Japan, and the ensuing tsunami left scores of people dead, unaccountable or homeless.

Snowstorm causes flight delays, traffic problems in Japan

Tokyo, Feb 16 (EFE).- The heavy snowstorm affecting a large portion of Japan resulted in new flight cancellations Sunday at Tokyo's main airport and cut highways and rail lines in the capital and other parts of the country. All Nippon Airways announced the suspension of 29 domestic flights, the majority of them involving Tokyo's Haneda Airport as the origin or destination, while Japan Airlines cancelled five flights, the national NHK television network reported.

Northeast US hit with another winter blast, more than a foot of snow in Massachusetts

BOSTON - The latest blast of snow to hit the northeastern United States dumped more than a foot(30 centimetres) in part of Massachusetts and packed heavy winds that left thousands without power Sunday on Cape Cod. The weekend snowstorm comes on the heels of an earlier storm that blanketed the East Coast with snow and ice, caused at least 25 deaths and left hundreds of thousands without power.

Australian wildfires destroy more than 30 homes

More than 30 homes have been razed in the worst fire conditions Australia has seen since a 2009 inferno killed 173 people, with flames threatening the country's second-largest city, officials said Monday. Hot, dry winds and soaring temperatures fanned scores of major blazes across the southeast on Sunday, with Victoria state sweltering through its worst fire risk weather in five years. "They were ferocious fires, they ran hard, they hit homes," said fire commissioner Craig Lapsley.

Eleven dead in Japan after worst snowfall in decades hits capital

TOKYO (Reuters) - Eleven people died, more than a thousand were injured and tens of thousands lost power when the worst snowstorm in decades hit Tokyo and areas around the Japanese capital before heading north to blanket the tsunami-hit Pacific coast. Flights were still backed up at Tokyo's Haneda international airport on Monday and the lobby was packed with anxious travelers, with some flights overbooked.
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