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Eruption on Spanish island could last 3 months, experts say

Sep. 22, 2021 04:07 AM EDT

EL PASO, Canary Islands (AP) — The volcanic eruption on a Spanish island and its aftermath could last for up to 84 days, experts said Wednesday. The Canary Island Volcanology Institute said it based its calculation on the length of previous eruptions on the archipelago,...

5.9 earthquake causes minor damage in Australia, no injuries

Sep. 22, 2021 03:30 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburban Melbourne on Wednesday in an unusually powerful temblor for Australia. The quake hit about 130 kilometers (80 miles) northeast of Australia’s second-most populous city near the...

EXPLAINER: Wide dangers ahead for Spanish volcanic island

Sep. 22, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — A small Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean is struggling days after a volcano erupted, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people, and authorities are warning that more dangers from the explosion lie ahead. Here is a look at the volcanic eruption on...

California struggles to conserve water amid historic drought

Sep. 21, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians failed to significantly cut back their water consumption in July, state officials announced Tuesday, foreshadowing some difficult decisions for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration as an historic drought lingers into the fall. Newsom...

After Ida outages, utility proposals include city takeover

Sep. 21, 2021 18:08 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Amid calls for investigations following major power losses during Hurricane Ida, the power company subsidiary that provides electric service to New Orleans said Tuesday it's ready to discuss having the city assume control of the municipal power system. ...

Police: Man who made threat over no trash pickups in custody

Sep. 21, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A New Orleans man frustrated with slow trash collections after Hurricane Ida remained in custody Tuesday after he allegedly threatened the city's mayor, authorities said. The 59-year-old man was arrested last weekend after he called the city's 911...

Sequoia National Park's Giant Forest unscathed by wildfire

Sep. 21, 2021 15:47 PM EDT

THREE RIVERS, Calif. (AP) — The ancient massive trees of Sequoia National Park’s famed Giant Forest were unscathed Tuesday even though a wildfire has been burning near them on the western side of California’s Sierra Nevada for nearly two weeks. “As of right now we...

Toxic gas, new rivers of molten lava endanger Spanish island

Sep. 21, 2021 14:16 PM EDT

EL PASO, Canary Islands (AP) — As a new volcanic vent blew open and unstoppable rivers of molten rock flowed toward the sea, authorities on a Spanish island warned Tuesday that more dangers lie ahead for residents, including earthquakes, lava flows, toxic gases, volcanic ash and acid rain. ...

Greece: Firefighters contain wildfire at resort near Athens

Sep. 21, 2021 12:39 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Firefighters in Greece have contained a wildfire that threatened homes and prompted overnight evacuations at a resort town northeast of Athens, the country's fire service said Tuesday. More than 150 firefighters and volunteers battled through the...

Nebraska Panhandle wildfires now largely under control

Sep. 21, 2021 12:33 PM EDT

CRAWFORD, Neb. (AP) — Two wildfires that had neared Scottsbluff and Crawford in the Nebraska Panhandle have largely been brought under control, authorities in western Nebraska said. A fire southwest of Scottsbluff, dubbed the Vista Trend fire that has burned about 3,600...