I think it’s the best vacation ever. This is what the real world is about. There’s a lot of people that need help.New Jersey resident Mark Stein • Discussing the outcome of his family’s planned vacation in Manitou Springs, Colorado. The Steins arrived in Manitou Springs just after midnight on Saturday for a week of hiking, whitewater rafting, and more. Unfortunately, 15 minutes after falling asleep, they were forced to evacuate along with many residents of the city. Now they’re helping people who aren’t nearly as fortunate as they are — people who lost their homes and lives. It’s nice to know that some people still see the bigger picture, isn’t it? source (via • follow)
» Authorities have confirmed that the fire, which formed after two separate lightning-induced blazes converged last week, has now destroyed more than 265 square miles inside of Gila National Forest. The blaze surpassed a fire from 2011 that destroyed more than 153,000 acres, and threatened the Los Alamos Nuclear Laboratory before authorities could stop contain it.
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» A particularly deadly year for natural disasters: Before April, the weather was relatively calm, but then strong storms in the South and Plains states — complete with tornadoes and flooding — started hitting fast and furious. And with 482 killed by this year’s storms already, it’s been a year filled with heartbreak already.
Actually, I was zoomed out to try to get the whole tornado, and I still couldn’t catch it, the whole thing. I mean, we were probably maybe 200 to 300 yards away from it.University of Alabama employee Christopher England • Describing how he was able to get this video — you know the one, the one with the heavy breathing. England, speaking from one of the now-greatly-damaged areas he filmed, was in one of the strongest, safest buildings in the entire region — Coleman Coliseum, the campus’ men’s basketball complex — while filming the clip. England filmed for a minute and a half before things got too dangerous and he fleed for safety. Speaking of being near the destruction, he noted: ”It’s kind of surreal to be down here now and kind of seeing it, because this is the first time I’ve seen it.” source (via • follow)