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In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 photo, trekkers wait to be airlifted a day after an avalanche hit Mount Annapurna trail in Nepal. Special army and government rescue personnel were searching again on Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides lost since an avalanche swept a popular trekking route in Nepal's mountains. (AP Photo/Phurba Ongel Sherpa)

Nepal rescuers search for 7 as avalanche hits hiking trail

Jan. 20, 2020 7:56 PM EST

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Special Nepalese army and government rescue personnel continued searching Monday for four South Korean trekkers and their three Nepali guides missing since since an avalanche swept across popular mountain trekking route . The avalanche hit part of the Mount Annapurna trekking route...

Ohio Air National Guard to aid relief efforts in Puerto Rico

Jan. 20, 2020 4:03 PM EST

PORT CLINTON, Ohio (AP) — The 200th Red Horse squadron of the Ohio Air National Guard will deploy to Puerto Rico to aid in relief efforts after the island experienced multiple earthquakes earlier this month. Last week, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine issued a proclamation authorizing squadron members to assist with...

Earthquake felt in eastern Tennessee, Kentucky

Jan. 20, 2020 4:02 PM EST

JACKSBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A small earthquake hit East Tennessee on Monday, officials said. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 3.8 earthquake struck near Fincastle, Tennessee in Campbell County. A USGS map showed it was felt around East Tennessee and southern Kentucky. It was the second earthquake...

Volcano smoke rises 5 miles above southern Alaska island

Jan. 20, 2020 2:59 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Smoke has risen miles above a volcano on one of the Aleutian Islands, the Alaska Volcano Observatory said. Lava flowed down the side of Shishaldin Volcano on Unimak Island Saturday and smoke rose more than 5 miles (8 kilometers) high Sunday, Anchorage Daily News reports. The...

18-year-old snowmobiler who died in Utah avalanche ID'd

Jan. 20, 2020 12:59 PM EST

OGDEN, Utah (AP) — Authorities have identified a teenager killed by an avalanche while snowmobiling north of Salt Lake City. Chase Adams, 18, was killed Saturday afternoon while snowmobiling with his father in Farmington Canyon north of Salt Lake City, The Davis County Sheriff's Office said Monday. It took...

In this Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, photo, a dust cloud billows over a street in Dubbo, Australia, 400 kms (248 miles) west of Sydney. Wind gusts of 107 kilometers an hour (66 mph) were recorded in Dubbo as the dust storm descended over the town. (Ian Harris via AP)

Hail, floods, dust hit Australia amid raging wildfires

Jan. 20, 2020 4:19 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Dust storms, hail and flash floods have battered beleaguered Australian cities in recent days, extreme weather that has diminished the threat from scores of wildfires that continue to blaze across the country’s southeast. A hail storm in the national capital Canberra on...

Ohio homeowners may be eligible for tornado safe room rebate

Jan. 20, 2020 4:10 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio homeowners who want to construct a tornado shelter on their property may be eligible for a rebate of up to 75%, according to state emergency officials. The Ohio Safe Room Rebate Program began taking applications Jan. 6, and the application process will continue through April 6....

This 2009 photo provided by Sebastian Pfautsch shows a eucalyptus forest that burned during a 2009 wildfire in Victoria, Australia. As of early 2020, fires have consumed some 40,000 square miles of Australia this fire season and scientists say the effects on the nation’s forests could be long-lasting. (Sebastian Pfautsch via AP)

Fires set stage for irreversible forest losses in Australia

Jan. 20, 2020 12:35 AM EST

Australia’s forests are burning at a rate unmatched in modern times and scientists say the landscape is being permanently altered as a warming climate brings profound changes to the island continent. Heat waves and drought have fueled bigger and more frequent fires in parts of Australia, so far this...

In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people gather in an open area after an earthquake in Jiashi County of Kashgar prefecture in northwestern China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, Monday, Jan. 20, 2020. A strong earthquake has damaged buildings and injured at least one person seriously in China's far west Xinjiang region. (Li Chengxin/Xinhua via AP)

Quake causes damage, injuries in China's Xinjiang region

Jan. 20, 2020 12:22 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A strong earthquake damaged buildings and injured at least one person seriously in China's far west Xinjiang region, the government said Monday. Rescue teams were sent to Peyzawat county, an area east of the city of Kashgar, after the Sunday night quake. State broadcaster CCTV showed a...

4.5 magnitude earthquake shakes southern Kansas

Jan. 19, 2020 10:08 PM EST

HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) — A small earthquake was reported in southern Kansas on Sunday. The U.S. Geological Survey said a magnitude 4.5 earthquake struck about 2 miles (3 kilometers) southwest of Hutchinson shortly after 1 p.m. The service had initially reported that it was a magnitude 4.4 earthquake, but...