In time of disaster, a time to tweet
You’re on the Amtrak train that careens off the tracks in Philadelphia. People are hurt. You don’t know the extent to the existing danger. What do you do?
If you’re former congressman Patrick Murphy, you pull out the smartphone and start tweeting. Read more →
This drone video of Nepal, photographed and posted to Facebook by Kishor Rana today, raises a question we’ve often asked when recovering from a disaster.
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What the Everest avalanche looked like
Jost Kobusch, a German mountaineer attempting to climb Everest, apparently started filming when the ground started shaking at his Everest base camp. Read more →
The Red Cross sent a six-page response to the investigation into disaster services provided by the organization, demanding that NPR and ProPublica issue corrections. It probably shouldn’t have done that. Read more →
Plane crash ceremony won’t include survivor
Thirty years ago today, Galaxy Airlines Flight 203 crashed shortly after taking off from the airport in Reno. Most of the victims of the crash were from Minnesota. They’d flown to Nevada for Super Bowl weekend. Read more →
Another jet vanishes? How AirAsia flight is different
Searchers still haven’t found any sign of AirAsia Flight 8501, which disappeared Saturday while on its way from Surabaya, Indonesia, to Singapore.
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The Red Cross’ latest disaster: itself
It’s hard to imagine a more damning assessment of a sacred cow than ProPublica’s expose of the American Red Cross.
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Restaurants that ‘kept Dorset alive’ burn to ground
Fire has claimed two of the four restaurants in Dorset, Minn., a hamlet in north central Minnesota hamlet that bills itself as the restaurant capital of the world. Read more →
‘It’s a miracle,’ mother of girl swept by tsunami says
This was the last image Jamaliah Jannah had of her two children, before they swept away in a tsunami in Indonesia 10 years ago that killed 275,000 people. The four year old daughter, Raudhatul, was swept onto an island, found by a fisherman, and raised with the name Winni by the fisherman’s mother. A couple Read more →
How does ’14 flooding compare to recent disasters?
The initial flood damage tally for last month’s water world in Minnesota has been pegged at $32 million. How does that compare to past disasters? Read more →
Red Cross reluctant to say how it spent Sandy money
ProPublica is trying to find out if the same thing happened with the funds for Hurricane Sandy victims, but this time the Red Cross is fighting back. Read more →
In the ashes of a fire, proof of the ties that bind
There is a code among firefighters that few of us can fully comprehend, even though we so admire its existence. Read more →
Where is Northwest flight 2501?
In 1950, an airliner heading for Minneapolis disappeared over Lake Michigan and has never been found. Read more →
Help find the missing Malaysian jetliner
A satellite photography company is using crowdsourcing to pore over thousands of images, looking for debris from the apparently downed Malaysia Flight MH370. Read more →
SF firefighters demonstrate how not to respond to a plane crash
The San Francisco Fire Department is defending itself against allegations it was callous in its response to a 16-year-old girl who was injured when thrown from the Asiana Airlines jet that cartwheeled at the airport last year. Read more →