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2009-01-23 11:05:00

Did a catastrophic flood of biblical proportions drown the shores of the Black Sea 9,500 years ago, wiping out early Neolithic settlements around its perimeter? A geologist with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) and two Romanian colleagues report in the January issue of Quaternary Science Reviews that, if the flood occurred at all, it was much smaller than previously proposed by other researchers. Using sediment cores from the delta of the Danube River, which empties into the...

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2007-07-18 17:45:00

LONDON -- One of Earth's largest-ever megafloods broke apart a strip of land connecting what is now Britain and France, permanently separating them, a new study says. The flood unleashed about 35 million cubic feet of water per second, 100 times greater than the water discharge of the Mississippi River. The natural disaster, which occurred about 400,000 years ago during a glacial period, was later followed by rising sea levels that created what is now the English Channel, the study says. It...

2006-06-30 14:41:28

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - As the waters receded on Friday, authorities estimated damages could easily top $100 million after floods destroyed roads and bridges and drove hundreds of thousands from homes in the U.S. Northeast. Art Stephens, deputy chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said at least a quarter of a million people in Pennsylvania alone had left their homes at some point since the floods started on Tuesday. Tens of thousands more were evacuated in...

2006-06-30 14:21:59

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - As the waters receded on Friday, authorities estimated damages could easily top $100 million after floods destroyed roads and bridges and drove hundreds of thousands from homes in the U.S. Northeast. Art Stephens, deputy chief of staff to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, said at least a quarter of a million people in Pennsylvania alone had left their homes at some point since the floods started on Tuesday. Tens of thousands more were evacuated in...

2006-06-28 10:18:49

By Jon Hurdle PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard dispatched a helicopter to rescue up to 70 people stranded on rooftops Wednesday in northeastern Pennsylvania as days of torrential rain caused widespread flooding across the state. Rain in the Delaware Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania fell at a pace of between 1.5 and 3 inches during one four-hour period overnight, capping between 5 and 7 inches that has deluged the region since Friday. With extensive disruption to...

2006-06-19 14:50:20

HOUSTON (Reuters) - Floodwaters closed major highways in Houston on Monday and forced residents from their homes as waterways overflowed their banks, and forecasters said new storms overnight could bring even worse flooding. Although the flooding eased on Monday afternoon with a pause in the heavy rains, the relief may only be temporary. "If we do get the amount of rainfall that's expected, you can and probably should expect major flooding," Rusty Cornelius, administrative...

2005-10-14 19:55:33

By Larry Fine LITTLE FALLS, New Jersey (Reuters) - Flood warnings covered much of the Northeastern United States on Friday as swollen rivers overflowed their banks and residents fled their water-filled homes after a week of unrelenting rain. Flooding swamped streets and homes in northern New Jersey, while rains threatened mudslides in Connecticut and hampered relief work in New Hampshire, where seven people have died and at least 100 homes have been washed away or badly damaged. "In...

2005-10-07 02:59:32

BOGRA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 12 people have died, up to 50,000 have fled their homes and about 1.5 million are marooned following heavy rains that flooded several districts in northern Bangladesh, government officials said on Friday. The deaths were mostly caused by the collapse of dozens of mud houses, an official told reporters in the town of Bogra, one of the areas affected by the flood, about 200 km (125 miles) north of Dhaka. Thousands of families were camped out in...


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