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Epsilon strengthens to a hurricane as it approaches Bermuda

Oct. 20, 2020 11:33 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Epsilon has strengthened into a hurricane, the 10th of the Atlantic season, as it approaches Bermuda on Thursday. Epsilon is expected to make its closest approach to the island on Thursday night, and there is a risk of a direct impact, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. A...

Men are seen through safety netting as they stand atop a less-damaged section of Nuestra Senora de Los Angeles, or Our Lady of Angels church, during the early stages of reconstruction work, three years after an earthquake collapsed nearly half of the church's 18th-century dome in Mexico City, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020. The experts working on projects like this across Mexico face some of the same issues confronting restorers everywhere, like France’s re-building of the Notre Dame Cathedral: are the materials and craftsmen's skills of centuries ago still available? (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)

Mexico halfway through quake restoration of old churches

Oct. 20, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The earthquake struck in seconds, but three years later restorers still face a monumental task: about half of the 2,340 colonial-era buildings and churches damaged in the 2017 Mexico quake still need to be repaired, restored or partially rebuilt. It is a titanic challenge: crumbling old...

5.6-magnitude earthquake hits Iceland, no injuries reported

Oct. 20, 2020 11:45 AM EDT

REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit southwest Iceland on Tuesday, shaking buildings in the capital, Reykjavik. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The Icelandic Meteorological Office said the quake struck at 1:43 p.m. (1343GMT) and was centered near Krysuvik, about 35...

A biker leads a line of cars driving off the Homer Spit at about on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, in Homer, Alaska after a tsunami evacuation order was issued for low-lying areas in Homer. (Michael Armstrong/Homer News via AP)

Large earthquake off Alaska prompts tsunami fears, fleeing

Oct. 20, 2020 1:19 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude 7.5 earthquake prompted a tsunami warning Monday for a nearly thousand-mile stretch of Alaska’s southern coast, with waves over 2 feet at the nearest community as the threat subsided. The quake was centered near Sand Point, a city of about 900 people off the Alaska...

Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthens in the central Atlantic

Oct. 19, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Epsilon strengthened Monday morning in the central Atlantic, the latest in what has been a very active hurricane season. The storm had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph (75 kph), up slightly from when it formed hours earlier. Additional strengthening was expected and Epsilon was...

A tsunami warning issued for parts of southern Alaska has been downgraded to a tsunami advisory.

Oct. 19, 2020 7:13 PM EDT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A tsunami warning issued for parts of southern Alaska has been downgraded to a tsunami advisory.

Parts of southern Alaska are under a tsunami warning after a reported magnitude 7.4 earthquake off Sand Point, Alaska

Oct. 19, 2020 5:18 PM EDT
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Parts of southern Alaska are under a tsunami warning after a reported magnitude 7.4 earthquake off Sand Point, Alaska.

Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the central Atlantic, the latest in a very active hurricane season

Oct. 19, 2020 10:58 AM EDT
MIAMI (AP) — Tropical Storm Epsilon forms in the central Atlantic, the latest in a very active hurricane season.
People walk by chairs and tables of an empty terrace in the historical center of Antwerp, Belgium, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020. Faced with a resurgence of coronavirus cases, the Belgian government on Friday announced new restrictions to try to hold the disease in check, including a night-time curfew and the closure of cafes, bars and restaurants for a month. The measures will take effect on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020. (AP Photo/Virginia Mayo)

Belgium fears virus "tsunami" as COVID-19 cases keep soaring

Oct. 19, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Bars and restaurants across Belgium shut down for a month and a night-time curfew took effect Monday as health authorities warned of a possible “tsunami" of new virus cases in the hard-hit nation that host the headquarters of the European Union. The new measures aim to limit social...

In this photo provided by Shannon Kiss, smoke from the CalWood Fire billows, Sunday, Oct. 18, 2020, as seen from Gunbarrel, Colo. (Shannon Kiss via AP)

Many homes likely lost in north-central Colorado fires

Oct. 18, 2020 7:36 PM EDT

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nearly 3,000 people were forced to flee from a fast-moving fire in north-central Colorado and authorities believe a large number of homes were destroyed. The CalWood Fire started around noon Saturday near the Cal-Wood Education Center, which is about 17 miles (27 kilometers) from...