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March 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 March 2018:

  1. Threat of Mudslide in Southern California
  2. Storm in Northeast Kills Five
  3. Earthquake in El Salvador
  4. Another Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea
  5. US Northeast Faces Second Nor’easter in a Week
  6. Third Blizzard Hits New England
  7. Ships Warned Away from Underwater Volcano in Caribbean
  8. Rockslide in Portugal
  9. 17 Dead in Madagascar Tropical Storm
  10. Fourth Nor’easter Hits East
  11. Volcano Releases Toxic Gas in Indonesia
  12. Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea
  13. Yet Another Quake Strikes Papua New Guinea

Threat of Mudslide in Southern California

California Evacuation

On March 1, the threat of a deadly mudslide has caused officials to evacuate nearly 30,000 people in Southern California. The mudslide is expected to occur soon. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Daniel Dreifuss

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Storm in Northeast Kills Five

1st Storm

On March 2, a storm travelling through the American Northeast killed at least five people. Winds were up to 80 miles per hour and torrential rain flooded the streets of Boston. Nearly 1.7 million homes and businesses lost power during the storm. By March 3, 1.5 million people were still without power and the flooding continued. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Bill Sikes

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Earthquake in El Salvador

El Salvador Earthquake

On March 4, a 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook buildings in El Salvador. No damage or casualties have been reported. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Salvador Melendez

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Another Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

After two deadly earthquakes a few weeks ago, Papua New Guinea was hit with another 6.7 magnitude quake on March 6. No casualties have been reported thus far. (Reuters)

Photo Source: Australia Broadcasting Corporation via AP

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US Northeast Faces Second Nor’easter in a Week

2nd Storm

On March 8, a second nor’easter hit the Northeast, killing at least one person. 530,000 people were left without power after the second storm, 40,000 of whom were still without power after the first bomb cyclone. (CNN)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Matt Slocum

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Third Blizzard Hits New England

3rd Storm

On March 13, New England’s third winter storm knocked out power, causing flights to be cancelled and schools to be closed. About 20 inches of snow fell and 140,000 homes and businesses lost power. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

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Ships Warned Away from Underwater Volcano in Caribbean

Underwater Volcano

On March 14, an underwater volcano began showing activity in the Caribbean. Ships have been warned away from the area. The volcano is being called Kick ‘em Jenny. (BBC)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Caleb Jones

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Rockslide in Portugal

Portugal Rockslide

On March 15, one tourist was killed and another injured by a rockslide after a violent storm in Portugal. (Reuters)

Photo Source: AP Photo/Armando Franca

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17 Dead in Madagascar Tropical Storm

Madagascar Flag

On March 19, tropical storm Eliakim blew through Madagascar, killing at least 17 people. The storm also displaced 6,000 people. (Reuters)

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Fourth Nor’easter Hits East

4th Storm

On March 21, the East Coast experienced its fourth nor’easter in the last three weeks. The storm brought heavy snow that caused many schools to close and flights to be cancelled. (CNN)

Photo Source: 123RF/ Andrew F. Kazmierski

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Volcano Releases Toxic Gas in Indonesia

Volcano

On March 22, 30 people were sent to a hospital in Indonesia after a volcano released sulphuric gas. 200 other people were forced to evacuate the area. (Reuters)

Photo Source: 123RF/ ammit

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Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Flag

On March 24, a 6.3 magnitude earthquake hit Papua New Guinea. However, unlike the earthquake nearly a month ago, this one did not cause any damages or fatalities. (Reuters)

Photo Source: 123RF/ Paul Stringer

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Yet Another Quake Strikes Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Flag

On March 26, Papua New Guinea was hit with another 6.6 magnitude earthquake. No casualties or damages have been reported. (Reuters)

Photo Source: 123RF/ Paul Stringer

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