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People listed as missing after last week’s flooding of the Kinugawa River in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture have been located alive. The next priority will be reconstructing the breached riverbank, pumping out water from the inundated areas, cleaning up the debris and restoring lifelines such as power and water supplies for local residents. Also important will be a review of the actions taken by the local administrators…

 

Revealed: how Indigenous Australian storytelling accurately records sea level rises 7,000 years ago

Indigenous stories of dramatic sea level rises across Australia date back more than 7,000 years in a continuous oral tradition without parallel anywhere in the world, according to new research…

 

Water rescues, floods and power outages as rain drenches parts of Southern California

Los Angeles fire special op and swift water team members walk along the L.A. River at the Fletcher Drive bridge after rescuing someone from high water Tuesday morning.  (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles fire special op and swift water team members walk along the L.A. River at the Fletcher Drive bridge after rescuing someone from high water Tuesday morning.
(Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

Thousands of Los Angeles residents were without power, countless commuters were jammed on freeways and at least 10 people were rescued from Southern California rivers Tuesday during a heavy rainstorm. More than 7,300 L.A. Department of Water and Power customers from Watts, Westlake and surrounding communities still had no power at noon because of the storm, LADWP officials said. The utility estimated it would have power restored by 5:30 p.m. An outage knocked out power to Caltrans water pumps that keep the 710 Freeway dry, leading to flooding near Gage Avenue, said Caltrans spokesman Patrick Chandler. The freeway was shut down for a short period until the southbound side gradually reopened…

 

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