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Russia announces sweeping naval drills amid Ukraine tensions

Jan. 20, 2022 10:33 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia on Thursday announced sweeping naval drills in several parts of the world this month, and claimed the West is plotting “provocations” in neighboring Ukraine where the Kremlin has been accused of planning aggressive military action. Amid a buildup of an...

Rare, pristine coral reef found off Tahiti coast

Jan. 19, 2022 19:22 PM EST

Deep in the South Pacific, scientists have explored a rare stretch of pristine corals shaped like roses off the coast of Tahiti. The reef is thought to be one of the largest found at such depths and seems untouched by climate change or human activities. Laetitia Hédouin said she...

EXPLAINER: Why Tonga eruption was so big and what's next

Jan. 19, 2022 01:04 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — People around the world looked on in awe at the spectacular satellite images of an undersea volcano erupting in a giant mushroom cloud in the Pacific. Many wondered why the blast was so big, how the resulting tsunami traveled so far, and what will happen next. New...

Despite huge volcano blast, Tonga avoids widespread disaster

Jan. 18, 2022 19:59 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The blast from the volcano could be heard in Alaska, and the waves crossed the ocean to cause an oil spill and two drownings in Peru. The startling satellite images resembled a massive nuclear explosion. And yet, despite sitting almost on top of the...

Flights sent to assess Tonga damage after volcanic eruption

Jan. 17, 2022 14:50 PM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand and Australia were able to send military surveillance flights to Tonga on Monday to assess the damage a huge undersea volcanic eruption left in the Pacific island nation. A towering ash cloud since Saturday's eruption had prevented earlier...

Tsunami threat recedes from huge Pacific volcanic eruption

Jan. 16, 2022 00:43 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The tsunami threat around the Pacific from a huge undersea volcanic eruption began to recede Sunday, while the extent of damage to Tonga remained unclear. Satellite images showed the spectacular eruption that took place Saturday evening, with a plume...

Tallest Galapagos volcano erupts, spewing lava, ash

Jan. 07, 2022 18:31 PM EST

QUITO, Ecuador (AP) — The tallest mountain in the Galapagos islands was erupting on Friday, spewing lava down its flanks and clouds of ash over the Pacific Ocean, according to Ecuador's Geophysical Institute. A cloud of gas and ash from Wolf Volcano rose to 3,793 meters (12,444...

2 Americans missing after plane splashes down off Panama

Jan. 04, 2022 18:02 PM EST

PANAMA CITY (AP) — Authorities in Panama searched Tuesday for two Americans who went missing when the small plane they were traveling in splashed into the Pacific ocean and quickly sank. Three others aboard the private flight have been rescued. Two of them were also U.S. citizens....

Mexico COVID-19 infections up, especially at tourism centers

Jan. 04, 2022 16:18 PM EST

LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — COVID-19 infections are rising across Mexico, especially in two states home to major tourism destinations on the Caribbean Sea and Pacific Ocean that were busy during the holiday season. According to data from the federal government, Quintana Roo, where...

Hawaii: Don't burn Christmas trees at sacred Oahu sandbar

Dec. 28, 2021 17:22 PM EST

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's public lands agency is warning people that they face arrest if found burning Christmas trees at an oceanic sandbar. The sandbar that rests between the open Pacific Ocean and Kaneohe Bay on Oahu's windward side is a popular gathering place for local boaters...