Landslides in Brazil – The tiny streaks of brown in this NASA image are in many instances giant landslides which resulted from flash floods in mountainous terrain 60 kilometers north of Rio de Janeiro in January. They caused at least 900 deaths making it one of the worst natural disasters in Brazil's history, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
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Lone Star State sizzles – "We're actually seeing Texas burn from border to border..." Texas Forest Service spokesperson April Saginor said. More than a million acres were burned in just over two weeks during April, according to the Forest Service. Strong winds, warm temperatures, dry vegetation, and low humidity also contributed to hazardous fire conditions, according to NASA.