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A gas pipe explosion in the central Chinese city of Shiyan on Sunday morning killed at least 12 people and wounded 138 others, 37 critically, Reuters reports, citing state media. Many were trapped, according to CNN.

The big picture: 155 people were evacuated from the city in Hubei province, as images posted to social media showed buildings flattened. Authorities have yet to announce the cause of the blast, but AP notes that "frequent deadly accidents" are usually linked to factors including poor safety standards.

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Updated Sep 8, 2021 - World

Deadly quake hits southwest Mexico, shaking buildings in capital

Damaged cars outside a hotel after an earthquake in Acapulco, Mexico on Tuesday. Photo: Francisco Robles/AFP via Getty Images

At least one person has died after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck near the Mexican resort city of Acapulco late Tuesday — causing buildings to shake over 230 miles away Mexico City.

Details: Power outages were reported in several states and parts of Mexico City following the 12-mile-deep quake, which hit some 2.5 miles from Los Órganos de San Agustín and eight miles from Acapulco, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

"Atmospheric river" to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood

A map depicting 24-hour preciptation forecast (inches) ending Monday at 5a.m. local time. Photo: NOAA

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are set dump historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest from this weekend, forecasters warn.

Why it matters: A strong atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, is predicted to whiplash Northern California from drought to flood.

10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves to be removed after fires

A firefighter looks up at a giant sequoia tree after fire burned through the Sequoia National Forest near California Hot Springs, California, on Sept. 23. Photo: Patrick T. Fallon/AFP via Getty Images

"Upwards of" 10,000 trees near giant sequoia groves have been "weakened by drought, disease, age, and/or fire" and must be removed in the wake of California's wildfires, the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks announced.

Why it matters: The damage to these trees, considered "national treasures," and work to remove them means a nearby key highway must remain closed to visitors as they have "the potential to strike people, cars, other structures, or create barriers to emergency response services," per a statement from the national parks.

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