Latest Evacuations News

Australia and New Zealand evacuate scores of their citizens from New Caledonia

May. 22, 2024 01:06 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian military has flown 115 passengers on two flights from the restive French Pacific territory of New Caledonia and a French government flight was expected to evacuate another 100 stranded passengers on Wednesday, an Australian government minister said. ...

Petrochemical company fined more than $30 million for 2019 explosions near Houston

May. 21, 2024 20:07 PM EDT

BEAUMONT, Texas (AP) — A Texas petrochemical company has pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Air Act and agreed to pay more than $30 million in connection with two explosions that injured workers and caused the evacuation of thousands, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday. ...

Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia amid deadly unrest and indigenous frustration

May. 21, 2024 11:00 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron is making a surprise trip to New Caledonia, the French Pacific territory that has been gripped by days of deadly unrest and where indigenous people have long sought independence. “He will go there tonight,” government spokesperson...

Italian women's prison, hundreds of residents evacuated after 4.4 magnitude quake in southern Italy

May. 21, 2024 06:26 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — A women’s prison near Naples was evacuated as a precaution Tuesday following a 4.4 magnitude quake with an epicenter at an active volcano west of the southern Italian port city that forced hundreds of residents to sleep in tents or cars. No injuries and only minor damage was...

Australia and New Zealand begin evacuating nationals from unrest in New Caledonia

May. 21, 2024 04:06 AM EDT

NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand sent airplanes to New Caledonia on Tuesday to begin bringing home stranded citizens from the violence-wracked French South Pacific territory. Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said Australia had received clearance from...

New Zealand and Australia sending planes to evacuate nationals from New Caledonia's unrest

May. 20, 2024 21:23 PM EDT
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia sending planes to evacuate nationals from New Caledonia's unrest.

These photos show Palestinians' quick exodus from Rafah after Israel issued evacuation orders

May. 20, 2024 21:07 PM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — Newly-released satellite photos reviewed by the Associated Press show a large exodus of Palestinians from the southernmost Gaza city of Rafah earlier this month ahead of a feared Israeli ground invasion there. The photos taken three days apart — first on May 5...

Indonesia raises alert for Mount Ibu volcano to highest level following a series of eruptions

May. 16, 2024 07:16 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities on Thursday raised the alert level for Mount Ibu, a volcano in North Maluku province, to the highest level following a series of eruptions since last week. The 1,325-meter (4,347-foot) volcano on the northwest coast of the remote...

A wildfire has forced out hundreds of residents in Canada's oil sands hub of Fort McMurray

May. 14, 2024 21:18 PM EDT

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Hundreds of residents in four neighborhoods in the southern end of Canada’s oil sand hub of Fort McMurray, Alberta, were ordered to evacuate with a wildfire threatening the community, authorities said Tuesday. The Rural Municipality of Wood...

Indonesia's Mount Ibu erupts, spewing thick ash and dark clouds into the sky

May. 13, 2024 08:10 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Mount Ibu, a volcano in Indonesia's North Maluku province, erupted on Monday, spewing thick grey ash and dark clouds 5,000 meters (16,400 feet) into the sky for five minutes, officials said. “The volcanic earthquakes are still intense so there is a...