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August 2018 Current Events: Disaster News

Updated August 16, 2018 | Infoplease Staff

World News | Science & Technology News | US News

The world is a very busy place, and it's hard to stay on top of everything. Infoplease has got you covered. Here are the world news events you need to know so far for August 2018:

  1. California’s Wildfire Continues to Grow
  2. Over 400 Die after Earthquake in Indonesia
  3. 73 Dead in India Monsoon
  4. Earthquake Hits Northern Iran
  5. Hurricane Lane Hits Hawaii
  6. Carr Fire Contained

California’s Wildfire Continues to Grow

California Wildfire

On August 3, thousands more were evacuated as the fires in California grew. By August 6, the wildfire dubbed the Mendocino Complex was labeled the largest wildfire in California’s history. President Trump has pledged his support. At least 4 firefighters have died in the fight against these blazing fired. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Patrick Record

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Over 400 Die after Earthquake in Indonesia

Indonesia Earthquake

On August 13, Indonesia’s government announced that the earthquake on Lombok has killed over 430 people, and caused $342 million worth of damages. Aid continues to be slow as many of the areas affected are difficult to get to. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Firdia Lisnawati

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73 Dead in India Monsoon

India Monsoon

On August 16, heavy flooding in Kerala has left at least 73 people dead, and displaced 85,000 people. The Cochin International Airport will remain closed for the next 3 days, as the runway continues to be flooded. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo

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Earthquake Hits Northern Iran

Iran Earthquake

On August 25, a 5.9 magnitude earthquake hit northwest Iran, killing 2 people and wounding 240. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

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Hurricane Lane Hits Hawaii

Hurricane Lane

On August 28, Hawaii was hit with nearly 52 inches of rain as Hurricane Lane passed over the islands over the weekend. Though the worst of it appears to be over, residents are still dealing with the aftermath of the storm and are currently on the lookout for more rainfall. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/John Locher

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Carr Fire Contained

Carr Fire

On August 31, it was announced that the Carr Fire in Northern California has been fully contained. In total, the fire killed eight people and destroyed 229,651 acres of land, which included over 1,000 homes. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/John Locher

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