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Louisiana under state of emergency as Tropical Storm Barry nears landfall — here’s what it looks like on the ground

The storm is expected to strengthen into a hurricane over the weekend, threatening downpours that could flood local levees and rivers.
Aftermath of a rockslide caused by the earthquake in Kern County, California, U.S., July 5, 2019, in this picture obtained from social media.

California earthquake aftermath: Photos show a rockslide, fires, and other damage

Social media images and videos captured the aftermath of two massive earthquakes that struck counties across Southern California.
Vehicles drive over a crack on Highway 178 south of Trona, after a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit in Ridgecrest, California, on July 4, 2019.

Photos show highway cracks and lopsided houses from a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that jolted Southern California

The quake was the strongest to hit the region in 20 years, and was felt from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, seismologists said.

Emmanuel Macron announced plans to rebuild Notre-Dame in 5 years, but it could take much longer

The massive fire took down the Notre-Dame Cathedral’s spire, burned through its wooden roof, and left parts of the structure water damaged.
An illustration of SpaceX's "test hopper," an experimental stainless-steel ship. Though it won't launch into space, the vehicle will help Elon Musk's rocket company work on a large and similar Starship spacecraft for reaching Mars.

SpaceX’s giant rocket ship was damaged by powerful winds in Texas — the nosecone blew over, and Elon Musk says repairs will take weeks

Elon Musk said a stainless-steel prototype of SpaceX's Mars rocket was blown off its mooring blocks and knocked over by 50 mph winds overnight.
An aircraft hangar damaged by Hurricane Michael is seen at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, U.S. October 11, 2018.

Hurricane Michael: Devastating photos show how Tyndall Air Force base and its F-22 Raptors got rocked

A "number of aircraft were left behind in hangars due to maintenance or safety reasons, and all of those hangars are damaged," Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek said, according to Military.com. And some of them may be F-22 Raptors, the Air Force's prized air superiority fighters.
Hurricane Harvey is pictured off the coast of Texas, from aboard the International Space Station.

The 16 most destructive hurricanes in US history

The US has seen plenty of catastrophic and costly storms during hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean, which lasts from June through November. Single events have caused billions of dollars in damage.

How large asteroids must be to destroy a city, state, country, or the planet

How big of an asteroid does it take to damage cities, states, countries, and the planet? On the fourth-annual World Asteroid Day (Saturday, June 30), we take a look at estimates from NASA, Purdue University's "Impact Earth" simulator, and other sources.
NASA photographer Bill Ingalls' "Toasty" camera did not look well after a SpaceX launch on May 22.

A NASA photographer’s camera melted during a SpaceX rocket launch — and he’s not sure whether it’s insured

Bill Ingalls set up a remote camera to photograph SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket launch. However, a brush fire caused by lift-off tore through the hillside and melted the camera gear, which is valued at thousands of dollars.

Hurricane Irma destroyed so many plants in the Caribbean that entire islands changed colour

Sometimes devastation - like beauty - is best viewed from above.