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Is it true that Hurricane Florence saved lives? [on hold]

Someone posted a shower thought on Reddit and it got me wondering: https://www.reddit.com/r/Showerthoughts/comments/9ggbpc/with_17_deaths_in_a_population_of_more_than_525/ I did a bit of research ...
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Did close to 3,000 Puerto Ricans die in Hurricane Maria?

CNN reports: Earlier this month, [Puerto Rico]'s governor formally raised the death toll from Hurricane Maria to an estimated 2,975 from 64 following a study conducted by researchers at The George ...
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Was the disaster relief bill for Hurricane Sandy “two thirds pork spending”?

In this video, Ted Cruz is asked by the newsanchor how he feels about asking for disaster relief funds in the wake of hurricane Harvey when he opposed such a bill for hurricane Sandy. He argues that ...
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Should you get out of your car in a tornado?

Very often on TV news and shows about weather advice is given about what best to do if you are caught in the path of a tornado. Almost always included is instructions if you're driving. Obviously if a ...
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Was this Jet Blue airplane snowed in?

This image has been making the rounds of Twitter, which shows a Jet Blue as airplane completely snowed in, with just its tail sticking out. The image is said to have been taken at New York's JFK ...
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Was Messina destroyed by earthquake three days after local newspaper dared God to do so?

Popular Christian author Nancy Leigh DeMoss said the following on her radio show: One hundred years ago Messina was a prosperous, gorgeous coastal city on the Italian island of Sicily, just off the ...
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Did the vast majority of animals escape 2004 December Asian tsunami?

Well, I came across variations of this belief many times. I.e., here: While more than 2,00,000 people died in the devastating tsunami that struck several nations around the Bay of Bengal and the ...
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Is an imminent volcanic eruption the most plausible explanation for the Yellowstone animal exodus?

According to this article, which has been circulating lately on Facebook: At Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, there is a mass animal exodus underway. Miles of buffalo can be seen running ...
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Did a magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit Jerusalem in 33AD?

A Telegraph article makes an interesting claim, in a discussion about the Shroud of Turin: However a new study claims than an earthquake in Jerusalem in 33AD may have not only created the image but ...
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Are rising temperatures making fires worse?

Al Gore tweeted: Ferocious wildfire in California forces evacuation of ~3,000 [...] Rising temperatures are making fires worse. (Emphasis mine) Is this true?
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Could El Hierro eruption cause a mega-tsunami?

Could an eruption of El Hierro in the Canary Islands lead to a megatsunami that would threaten the eastern coast of the United States or elsewhere?
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Did a meteorite strike cause an explosion and major damage in Argentina in September 2011?

This happened today in Argentina: Some people said they saw a bright light coming from the sky, and one big newspaper published the following photo, allegedly taken just before the explosion: ...
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Is the Fukushima disaster causing an increase in infant mortality on the west coast of North America?

Here we've got a claim that infant mortality in select US cities on the west coast has increased by 35% since the nuclear meltdown. This claim is based on two data points: 4 weeks ending March 19, ...
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What's the safest place in a house during an earthquake?

In my childhood, I heard that the safest place indoors during an earthquake is in any doorway or in the bathroom (toilet). Doug Copp, Rescue Chief and Disaster Manager of the American Rescue Team ...