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Puerto Rico Opens Only 20% of Schools Amid Ongoing Quakes

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Puerto Rico opened only 20% of its public schools on Tuesday following a strong earthquake that delayed the start of classes by nearly three weeks as fears linger over the safety of students. Only 177 …

Australia Urges 240,000 to Flee as Winds Fan Huge Bushfires

Australia urged nearly a quarter of a million people to evacuate their homes on Friday and prepared military backup as authorities said the next few hours could be “very, very challenging” even as rain poured down in some parts. Defense …

Australia Wildfires Trigger Exodus as Navy Joins Rescue Effort

Australia’s navy rushed to rescue thousands of holiday-makers from a wildfire-ravaged coastal community while many more struggled to escape endangered towns by road before extreme weather triggers fresh infernos in the nation’s southeast. Eight people have been killed in the …

Second Evacuation Order Lifted in Texas City Hit by Explosion, Chemical Fire

HOUSTON — Authorities on Thursday lifted a second evacuation order in a week for thousands of people in a Texas city as U.S. safety officials began examining what caused the latest in a series of chemical plant fires in the …

As Shock Wears Off, Mental Health Concerns Grow in Bahamas

HIGH ROCK, Bahamas — One woman and her husband huddled on top of a bedroom dresser for two days, surrounded by floodwaters. Another man sat in his wheelchair for nearly 48 hours in water up to his chest, alone in …

Florida, California Towns Lack Path to Safety From Storms, Fires

Florida and California, two states with wide exposure to natural disasters, lack critical evacuation routes in some areas for residents to flee. Among the 100 American communities with the most-constrained evacuation routes, 20 are in Florida and 14 in California, …

Alaska’s Heat Wave Fuels Dangerous Smoke, Melts Glaciers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s heat wave is driving wildfires and melting glaciers, choking the state’s biggest cities with smoke and bloating rivers with meltwater. In Anchorage, home to about 40 percent of Alaskans, the National Weather Service issued a dense …

Hawaii Volcano Destroys More Than 20 Homes, Forces Evacuations

Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano destroyed 26 homes and spewed lava hundreds of feet into the air, leaving evacuated residents unsure how long they might be displaced. In revised figures Sunday, Hawaii County officials said another four unspecified structures were covered by …

Predicted Landslide in Washington Forces Residents to Evacuate

An estimated 50 residents in central Washington state need to evacuate due to a slow-moving landslide that’s expected to break loose by the end of February, authorities said. About 80 percent of those living near Thorp Road below Rattlesnake Ridge …

Tennessee Train Fire Cleanup, Investigation Continue

About 5,000 residents evacuated after the derailment of a freight train carrying flammable and toxic gas in eastern Tennessee were allowed home on Friday as investigators looked into the cause of the fiery accident. Authorities were examining the black box …