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Tsunami Warnings Scare the ‘Holy Crap’ Out of West Coaster’s! (Watch)

*Holy crap. After a 7.9 earthquake hit the Gulf of Alaska early this morning, there was an onslaught of tsunami alerts from southern Alaska down the western coast of north America that prompted warnings in some low-lying communities for people to seek higher ground. 

Thankfully, the massive quake lasted only 90 seconds, and three hours later, a tsunami watch issued early Tuesday for coastal areas from Washington state to California was canceled, according to NBC News.

The peacock network also reports that Tsunami watches were also eventually canceled for the Canadian province of British Columbia and Hawaii, as well as advisories for southern Alaska after 4 a.m. local time (8 a.m. ET), according to the National Weather Service’s National Tsunami Warning Center.

The earliest wave was predicted to have reached Kodiak, ( one of seven communities and the main city on Kodiak Island, Kodiak Island Borough, in the U.S. state of Alaska. Wikipedia) at 1:45 a.m. local time (5:45 a.m. ET), and warning sirens sounded over the town of more than 6,100 people.

But oh my god, something like this really gets you to thinking, yes? “What to do, what to do?”

The experts give advice.

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Loads of Celebs Help ‘Hand in Hand’ Broadcast Benefit Raise $14.5M for Hurricane Victims in 60 Minutes

(L-R) Oprah Winfrey and Cher

*”When love goes into action, it preferences no color of skin, no ethnicity, no religious beliefs, no sexual preferences, and no political persuasions. It just loves,” said Stevie Wonder, who joined a roster of celebrities volunteering their time to help raise money for those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Wonder sang ‘Lean On Me’ at the hour long benefit named ‘Hand in Hand’ which was broadcast on four networks including iHeart Radio and ABC.

Everyone was there to lend a hand: Oprah was on the phones, along with Justin Bieber, George ClooneyJulianne MooreBruce Willis, Sofia Vergara, and Julia Roberts and many others.

Justin Timberlake shared stories while photos and videos showing experiences of folks impacted were displayed in the background, and loads of artists performed. Continue reading

‘Irma’ Utterly Destroys Islands of St. Martin and Barbuda in Caribbean, Seven Lives Lost

St Maarten

*Catastrophic natural disasters are definitely upon us as the second hurricane we’ve witnessed in a matter of weeks totally obliterates two tiny islands in its wake. Called one of the most powerful Atlantic storms on record, with winds traveling at 185 mph and heavy rains, as of Wednesday the Category Five Hell-raiser named ‘Hurricane Irma’ had made its mark on the northern part of Puerto Rico and claimed at least seven lives as it ripped through the Caribbean; leaving the islands of St. Martin and Barbuda in complete rubble.

Officials say the French part of St Martin — a pristine resort known for its vibrant nightlife — suffered the storm’s full fury: killing at least six people and decimating nearly all of the dwellings. The island is divided between the Netherlands and France.

“It’s an enormous catastrophe. Ninety-five percent of the island is destroyed,” top local official Daniel Gibbs said in a radio interview. “I’m in shock. It’s frightening.” Continue reading