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Residents clean up their flood-damaged house in Central Tapanuli, North Sumatra, Indonesia Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Landslides and floods from torrential rains in Indonesia' Sumatra island leave a scores of people dead and displaced thousands, the country's disaster agency said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Damai Mendrofa)

Floods, landslide in western Indonesia leave 7 dead

Jan. 29, 2020 6:25 AM EST

MEDAN, Indonesia (AP) — Landslides and floods from torrential rains on Indonesia's Sumatra island killed at least seven people and displaced thousands, the disaster agency said Wednesday. Large areas of Central Tapanuli district in North Sumatra province were inundated with up to 2.5 meters (6 feet) of...

FILE - In this Dec. 11, 2019, file photo, plumes of steam rise above White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of the New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

Death toll from New Zealand volcanic eruption rises to 21

Jan. 29, 2020 3:58 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another person who suffered critical injuries from an eruption of a New Zealand volcano last month has died, bringing the death toll to 21, police said Wednesday. Police Deputy Commissioner John Tims said the person died Tuesday night at Auckland's Middlemore Hospital. Police...

A sinkhole is surrounded by police tape after it appeared when a powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba, at Public Beach on West Bay, Grand Cayman, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. The quake also hit the Cayman Islands, leaving cracked roads and what appeared to be sewage spilling from cracked mains. There were no immediate reports of deaths, injuries or more severe damage. (Taneos Ramsay/Cayman Compass via AP)

Mag 7.7 quake hits between Cuba and Jamaica, but no injuries

Jan. 28, 2020 9:44 PM EST

HAVANA (AP) — A powerful magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea between Jamaica and eastern Cuba on Tuesday, shaking a vast area from Mexico to Florida and beyond, but there were no reports of casualties or heavy damage. The quake was centered 139 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Montego...

4.9 magnitude quake shakes Albania, people in the streets

Jan. 28, 2020 4:41 PM EST

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — A 4.9 magnitude earthquake shook Albania on Tuesday, causing people in the capital of Tirana to pour out of their apartments. Preliminary reports said there were no damage or injuries. The Defense Ministry said the quake at 9:15 p.m. (2015 GMT) was centered 34 kilometers (20 miles)...

Wildfire smoke billows behind a mountain range on Tuesday, jan. 28, 2020, close to Canberra's southern outskirts. The rapidly-spreading wildfire sparked by a military helicopter on Monday is threatening homes on Tuesday on the outskirts of the Australian capital. (AP Photo/Rod McGuirk)

Wildfire threatens homes on Australian capital's outskirts

Jan. 28, 2020 4:24 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A wildfire sparked by a military helicopter helping firefighting efforts was blazing out of control and threatening homes on the outskirts of Australia's capital on Wednesday as fire danger escalated across the country’s southeast. The fire had spread over 9 ,500 ...

Powerful earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica

Jan. 28, 2020 2:27 PM EST
HAVANA (AP) — Powerful earthquake strikes between Cuba and Jamaica.
FILE - In this Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020 file photo, people whose homes are unsafe to enter after the previous day's magnitude 6.4 earthquake line up for lunch in an outdoor area of the Bernardino Cordero Bernard High School, which is being used as a shelter despite no electricity in Ponce, Puerto Rico.  Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students.Only 177 schools were certified to open after engineers inspected them for damage caused by the 6.4 earthquake that killed one person and damaged hundreds of homes on Jan. 7. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti, File)

Puerto Rico opens only 20% of schools amid ongoing quakes

Jan. 28, 2020 1:11 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students. Only 177 schools were certified to open after engineers inspected them for damage...

Life sentence for crash that killed linemen after hurricane

Jan. 28, 2020 1:04 PM EST

CHIPLEY, Fla. (AP) — A man who prosecutors say was high on drugs when his pickup truck fatally struck three utility workers in the Florida Panhandle as they were repairing power lines after Hurricane Michael was sentenced Monday to life in prison. John Goedtke, 38, had pleaded no contest last week to three...

Puerto Rican singer Ricky Martin, who will perform in concert starting next Feb. 7 at the Puerto Rico Coliseum Jose Miguel Agrelot, poses for a portrait in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. “I’m going to use my music to carry the message of all those who aren’t being heard,” Martin told The Associated Press on Monday while preparing for a concert on his native island. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

Ricky Martin finds inspiration in Puerto Rico protests

Jan. 28, 2020 12:44 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Ricky Martin’s wide smile began to fade as the Puerto Rican superstar talked about his next album. It’s influenced by the U.S. territory’s political turmoil as people struggle to recover from Hurricane Maria and a recent 6.4 magnitude earthquake that killed...

Magnitude 5.2 quake strikes off Greek island of Karpathos

Jan. 28, 2020 11:57 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — An undersea earthquake with preliminary magnitude 5.2 occurred Tuesday off the Aegean Sea island of Karpathos, Greek authorities said. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The University of Athens' Geodynamic Institute said the quake struck at 5:38 p.m. (1538 GMT)...