Natural disasters

Villagers start their morning routine as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic materials into the air in Perteguhan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. The 2,600-meter (8,530-foot) volcano has sporadically erupted since September. Authorities extended a danger zone around a rumbling volcano in western Indonesia on Sunday after it spewed blistering gas farther than expected, sending panicked residents streaming down the sides of the mountain.

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Villagers start their morning routine as Mount Sinabung releases volcanic materials into the air in Perteguhan, North Sumatra, Indonesia. The 2,600m volcano has sporadically erupted since September Read more

National Park Service workers spread salt on icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington...National Park Service workers spread salt on the icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington January 3, 2014. A heavy snowstorm and dangerously cold conditions gripped the northeastern United States on Friday, delaying flights, paralyzing road travel and closing schools and government offices across the region.  REUTERS/Gary Cameron

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National Park Service workers spread salt on the icy steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. A heavy snowstorm and dangerously cold conditions gripped the northeastern United States on Friday. Read more

***BESTPIX***  Severe Flood Warnings In Place For The UK...BLACKPOOL, ENGLAND - JANUARY 3:  Waves crash over Blackpool seafront on January 3, 2014 in Blackpool, England. Gail force winds and an expected tidal surge are set to cause wide spread flooding in coastal areas of western England and Scotland.

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Waves crash over the seafront in Blackpool, England. Gail-force winds and an expected tidal surge are set to cause widespread flooding in coastal areas of western England and Scotland.

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A child stands on a wooden cart among destroyed houses in Tacloban, Leyte province, Philippines. The involvement of the US in the rescue effort after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan highlights the need to expand the US’s military presence in the Philippines, foreign secretary Albert del Rosario said on Monday.

TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past shi...TOPSHOTS Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, Leyte Province in November 25, 2013. Experts say it will cost billions of dollars and take years to revive communities that were destroyed when Super Typhoon Haiyan swept in from the Pacific Ocean more than a fortnight ago, killing at least 5,200 people. AFP PHOTO/NOEL CELISNOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Typhoon survivors walk past ships washed ashore in Tacloban, capital of Leyte province, in the Philippines Read more

One of seven statues of the team of U.S. General Douglas MacArthur reeanacting his historic landing at Leyte in the Philippines on the 31st December1944 is toppled as it was hit by strong winds during Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city.

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One of the statues memorialising the historic landing of US general Douglas MacArthur at Palo Beach at Leyte in the Philippines on October 20 1944 was toppled as it was hit by strong winds during typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban city

Residents walk along coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Banos

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Residents walk along the coastal village while strong winds from Typhoon Haiyan battered Bayog town in Los Baños, Laguna, south of Manila on Friday.

The search continues in the sea around the sea wall by West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex where 14 year old Dylan Alkins vanished while playing in the surf on Sunday.

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Rescuers near West Beach in Newhaven, East Sussex, search for 14-year-old Dylan Alkins who vanished on Sunday while playing in the surf.

In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, N.J., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. A large Sandy-related fire on the boardwalk in September has slowed progress in the area.

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In early morning darkness, workers prepare heavy machinery for the day as rebuilding work continues on the beach area of Seaside Heights and Seaside Park, New Jersey. Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of hurricane Sandy.

Think smoke from a bush fire fills the s...Think smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on October 24, 2013.  Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales that have destroyed over 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point.   AFP PHOTO / Saeed KHANSAEED KHAN/AFP/Getty Images

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Thick smoke from a bush fire fills the sky near Faulconbridge in the Blue Mountains on Thursday. Thousands of largely volunteer firefighters have been battling infernos for more than a week across the state of New South Wales. The fires have destroyed more than 200 homes, with the Blue Mountains region west of Sydney the focal point. Read more