For Small Town, Life as Usual Under Slow Landslide

Washington state resident Anthony Lundquist, 27, squinted up at a hunk of slowly sliding mountainside called Rattlesnake Ridge. Half a mile from where he stood selling his family’s oranges, geologists say a 20-acre chunk of basalt will soon crash down into the valley, potentially covering the busy highway and damming the river below. Lundquist bit into an orange like he was eating an apple. “I just hope I don’t get dusted from it,” he said.

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Bali Volcano Spits Ash 2 ½ Miles in the Sky, Airport Closed

A volcano with a deadly history continued to erupt Tuesday on Bali, one of the world’s most popular resort islands, spitting ash  2 ½ miles high and stranding tens of thousands of tourists for a second day. Lava was welling in its crater, but it remained unclear how bad the eruption might get or how long it could last.

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Florida Staggers From Rescue Operations Toward Recovery

Southern Florida staggered from rescue toward recuperation Tuesday morning as tropical storm Irma bore north, forcing evacuations in coastal Georgia and South Carolina. Florida Power and Light said it has organized the largest restoration brigade ever assembled in the United States: more than 19,000 line workers, arborists and other technicians, though power may not be restored for weeks to all of the more than 6 million Floridians still in the dark.

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