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Increased activity on New Zealand volcano stymies recovery

Dec. 10, 2019 7:27 PM EST

WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Experts said geothermal activity on a New Zealand volcanic island increased significantly on Wednesday, dealing a blow to relatives waiting for crews to recover the bodies that remain there following a deadly eruption two days earlier. Volcanic tremors rose in the morning,...

11 Australians missing, 13 injured in New Zealand eruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:24 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s prime minister said Tuesday that 11 Australians remained unaccounted for and 13 had been hospitalized after a volcano eruption in New Zealand. Three Australians were suspected to be among the initial five confirmed dead, Prime Minister Scott Morrison told...

Landslide in Brazil capital spills 4 cars into building site

Dec. 10, 2019 6:20 PM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A landslide at a construction site in Brazil's capital Tuesday tumbled four cars parked on an adjoining road into the excavation for a planned building. The accident occurred just a few miles from Brasilia's esplanade of government buildings. A broken water pipe at the job site...

Cyclone hits Madagascar, killing 2 and making 1,400 homeless

Dec. 10, 2019 8:41 AM EST

ANTANANARIVO, Madagascar (AP) — Cyclone Belna has hit northwestern Madagascar, with 2 dead and three missing from the first tropical storm of the season, according to local officials. Belna blew into the coastal town of Soalala, where more than 1,400 residents were made homeless because their houses were...

Stories of injured, missing in New Zealand volcano eruption

Dec. 10, 2019 6:27 AM EST

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Officials say 47 people from New Zealand, United States, Australia, Germany, Britain, China and Malaysia were on a New Zealand volcanic island when it suddenly erupted. Of those, dozens were killed, injured or are missing. Details are scarce because conditions on the island...

Police say an injured person has died in a New Zealand hospital, bringing the death toll from volcanic eruption to 6

Dec. 10, 2019 5:08 AM EST
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Police say an injured person has died in a New Zealand hospital, bringing the death toll from volcanic eruption to 6.

Sydney choked by hazardous haze from Australia bush fires

Dec. 10, 2019 5:05 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Wildfires engulfed the Australian city of Sydney on Tuesday in haze so thick in some places it was 11 times worse than the level considered “hazardous," and was apt to trigger fire alarms. The city canceled ferries and some offices in the downtown area were evacuated. Local health...

Backcountry skier killed in northern Colorado avalanche

Dec. 9, 2019 6:52 PM EST

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A 29-year-old woman has died in an avalanche while skiing in northern Colorado, where communities along the Rocky Mountains have seen record or near-record snowfall since September. The unidentified woman from Fort Collins was buried in the powerful slide Sunday, authorities...

Up to 13 feared dead in volcanic eruption off New Zealand

Dec. 9, 2019 5:33 PM EST

TAURANGA, New Zealand (AP) — A volcano off the New Zealand coast erupted Monday with a towering blast of ash and scalding steam as dozens of tourists were exploring its moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews landed on...

PG&E's stock surges 16% on tentative wildfire settlement

Dec. 9, 2019 5:20 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — PG&E's stock surged Monday after the utility reached a tentative $13.5 billion settlement resolving all major claims related to the Northern California wildfires of 2017 and 2018. The fires were blamed on Pacific Gas and Electric's outdated equipment and negligence. The utility...