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January 2018 Current Events: Disaster News

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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 January 2018:

  1. Earthquake in Iran Injures 20
  2. Earthquake in India
  3. 18 Deaths in Bomb Cyclone
  4. 2017 Disasters Cost U.S. A Record Amount of Money
  5. Cyclone in Madagascar
  6. Mudslides in California
  7. Another Earthquake Hits Iran
  8. Thomas Fire 100% Contained
  9. More Dead in California Mudslide
  10. A Second Winter Storm Affects Flights
  11. Storm Kills Six
  12. California Mudslide Death Toll Rises to 21
  13. Tsunami Warnings Cancelled After Earthquake
  14. Flood Alert in Paris
  15. FEMA to End Shipments to Puerto Rico
  16. Earthquake in Pakistan

Earthquake in Iran Injures 20

Iran Earthquake

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Iran on January 6, injuring over 20 people. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

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Earthquake in India

Earthquake in India

India was hit by a 5.5 magnitude earthquake on January 7. No injuries or damages have been reported. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/ Anupam Nath

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18 Deaths in Bomb Cyclone

Bomb Cyclone

Since the new year, the northeast has experienced below freezing temperatures and multiple blizzards. Many areas of the northeast were brought to a standstill due to the weather, and at least 18 people are suspected to have died from the storms, as reported on January 8. (Reuters)

Photo Source: RW/MediaPunch/IPX

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2017 Disasters Cost U.S. A Record Amount of Money

Money

On January 8, it was reported that the combined cost of all weather disasters in 2017 reached $306 billion. This is a new record for the U.S. (Reuters)

Photo Source: 123RF/belchonock

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Cyclone in Madagascar

Madagascar Cyclone

On January 8, Madagascar was hit by a cyclone that killed 29 people. Thousands of others have been displaced by the cyclone. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Alexander Joe

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Mudslides in California

California Mudslides

After facing months of wildfires, California was hit by heavy rains, creating deadly mudslides. On January 9, it was announced that the mudslides had killed at least 13 people and destroyed six houses entirely. Luckily, thousands of people were evacuated the day before, as officials predicted mudslides due to the damages of the wildfires. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Another Earthquake Hits Iran

Iran Earthquake

A magnitude 4.7 earthquake hit Iran on January 10. As of today, no casualties or damages have been reported. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Vahid Salemi

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Thomas Fire 100% Contained

Thomas Fire

California’s largest fire in modern history, Thomas Fire, was labeled as 100% contained on January 12. The fire started on December 4, and burned over 1,000 structures throughout the month. (CNN)

Photo Source: Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP

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More Dead in California Mudslide

California Mudslides

On January 11, it was announced that another 4 had died in the mudslide, causing the death toll to rise to 17. The number of missing people has also risen to be 17 as of this date. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes

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A Second Winter Storm Affects Flights

Winter Storm

On January 16, it was reported that hundreds of flights had been cancelled due to the second winter storm of the year. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer

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Storm Kills Six

Germany Storm

Powerful winds on January 18 left three dead in the Netherlands and three more dead in Germany. The winds wreaked havoc on the land, and caused the cancellation of hundreds of flights. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Michael Probst

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California Mudslide Death Toll Rises to 21

California Mudslides

A missing California woman’s body was found on January 20, bringing the death toll of the deadly mudslides to 21. Two people remain missing, as Faviola Benitez Calderon was one of the three unaccounted for. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

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Tsunami Warnings Cancelled After Earthquake

Alaska

After a 7.9 magnitude earthquake hit the coast of Alaska, the tsunami warning was cancelled. Though the warning is no longer in effect, officials are warning residents to steer clear of the coastline. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Mark Thiessen, File

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Flood Alert in Paris

Paris Flood

On January 27, France remained on flood alert after the Seine continued to overflow. The water levels are expected to continue to rise throughout the weekend. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Thibault Camus

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FEMA to End Shipments to Puerto Rico

Lack of Help in Puerto Rico

Four months after Hurricane Maria, FEMA announced on January 31 that it would end its food and water shipments to Puerto Rico. The Puerto Rican government is currently trying to reverse this decision. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Carlos Giusti

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Earthquake in Pakistan

Earthquake in Pakistan

On January 31, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck northeast Afghanistan; however, the ten injuries were reported in neighboring Pakistan. One child in Pakistan also died from the quake. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Anjum Naveed

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