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In pics | Flood, fire and quake: Three calamities that shocked the world

Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Harvey, wildfires and an earthquake -- these are the environmental calamities that struck the US and Mexico this week.

environment Updated: Sep 08, 2017 13:40 IST
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Combination image of wildfire in Montana and Hurricane Irma in Puerto Plata. (Agencies)

It’s been a week of environmental disasters.

People along the Atlantic coast anxiously watched the behemoth while Irma battered the northern Caribbean, killing at least 14 people and leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees.

Days before, Hurricane Harvey dumped some 50 inches of rain on the low-lying Gulf coastal region after coming ashore on August 25, killing about 50 people and causing what $180 billion in damages in Texas.

Meanwhile, acrid yellow smoke clogged the skies of major Western US cities as they witnessed one of the worst wildfire seasons in American history.

On Friday, a massive 8.1-magnitude earthquake hit off Mexico’s southern coast, toppling houses in Chiapas state, causing at least five deaths and setting off a tsunami warning.

Here’s a look at the disasters, in pictures: 

This image made from video shows several damaged houses by Hurricane Irma in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. (AP Photo)
Eagle Creek wildfire burns as golfers play at the Beacon Rock Golf Course in North Bonneville, Washington, US. (Reuters Photo)
Floodwaters surround homes in Richwood, Texas. (AFP Photo)
Washington Department of Natural Resources firefighter Chris Werner, of Chehalis, works the south fire line of the Archer Mountain fire in Skamania County, Washington. (AP Photo)
Elizabeth Nicholson snuggles up to her 10-year-old thoroughbred, Saoirse, at Clark County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in Ridgefield, Washington. Nicholson normally keeps her horse at Windy Ridge Farm in Washougal, but the farm was evacuated after wildfires came too close for comfort. (AP Photo)
Chief Patrick Melvin returned to save his dog outside his flooded home in Port Arthur, Texas. (AFP Photo)
The Eagle Creek wildfire burns on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge near Cascade Locks, Oregon. (AP Photo)
Airplanes sit at a flooded airport near the Addicks Reservoir as floodwaters from Tropical Storm Harvey, in Houston. (AP Photo)
This photo provided by KATU-TV shows a wildfire as seen from near Stevenson Wash., across the Columbia River, burning in the Columbia River Gorge above Cascade Locks, Oregon. (AP Photo)
People make their way out of a flooded neighbourhood after it was inundated with rain water following Hurricane Harvey, in Houston, Texas. (AFP Photo)
A heavy tanker drops retardant on a wildfire in Weber Canyon, near Ogden, Utah. (AP Photo)
View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, Dutch part of Saint Martin island, in the Caribbean. (Reuters via Netherlands govt handout)
Smoke from nearby wildfires clouds Interstate 90 in North Bend, Washington. (AP Photo)
View of the aftermath of Hurricane Irma on Sint Maarten, the Dutch part of Saint Martin island, in the Caribbean. (Reuters via Netherlands govt handout)
Damage caused an earthquake is seen in the Port of Veracruz. (AFP Photo)
Debris from a collapsed wall sits in Oaxaca, Mexico, after an earthquake early on Friday. (AP Photo)

First Published: Sep 08, 2017 13:40 IST