Search and rescue efforts

Trapped flower vendors are pulled out from a collapsed wall following an earthquake that struck Padada, Davao del Sur province, southern Philippines on Sunday Dec. 15, 2019. A strong quake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, causing a three-story building to collapse and prompting people to rush out of shopping malls, houses and other buildings in panic, officials said. (AP Photo/John Angelo Jomao-as)
December 15, 2019 - 7:01 am
DAVAO, Philippines (AP) — A strong earthquake jolted the southern Philippines on Sunday, killing at least one person and causing a three-story building to collapse, setting off a search for people feared to have been trapped inside, officials said. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck an area about 6...
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This photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force shows an operation to recover bodies from White Island after a volcanic eruption in Whakatane, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (New Zealand Defence Force via AP)
December 14, 2019 - 6:45 pm
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — A second land search of New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday failed to locate the bodies of the last two victims of an eruption that claimed the lives of at least 15 people, most of them tourists. Two four-person teams landed on the island by helicopter early...
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This photo released by the New Zealand Defence Force shows an operation to recover bodies from White Island after a volcanic eruption in Whakatane, New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (New Zealand Defence Force via AP)
December 14, 2019 - 11:56 am
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — Specialist teams were due to return to New Zealand's volcanic White Island on Sunday to resume a land search for the bodies of two victims of an eruption which has now claimed 15 lives. Two four-person teams wearing protective clothing and using breathing apparatuses...
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A Navy helicopter hovers at Whakatane Airport, as the recovery operation to return the victims of the Dec. 9 volcano eruption continues off the coast of Whakatane New Zealand, Friday, Dec. 13, 2019. A team of eight New Zealand military specialists landed on White Island early Friday to retrieve the bodies of victims after the Dec. 9 eruption. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
December 13, 2019 - 12:39 am
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — As grieving families sang traditional Maori songs, New Zealand military specialists wearing protective gear landed on a small volcanic island on Friday and recovered six bodies of the 16 people who died in an eruption four days earlier. The specialists — six men and...
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FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2016, file photo, the Volcano of Fire releases lava, seen from Escuintla, Guatemala. In Spanish it's known as "El Volcan del Fuego." (AP Photo/Moises Castillo, File)
December 11, 2019 - 6:30 pm
The eruption of an island volcano in New Zealand’s Bay of Plenty killed up to 16 people, injured dozens and prevented rescuers from retrieving the bodies of eight victims believed to be on the island. A famed tourist attraction, White Island is one of several active volcanoes in New Zealand and one...
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Relatives of passengers of a missing military plane arrive in a Chilean military airplane to an airbase in Punta Arenas, Chile, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019. Searchers using planes, ships and satellites were combing the Drake Passage on Tuesday, hunting for the plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to an Antartica base. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
December 11, 2019 - 3:33 pm
PUNTA ARENAS, Chile (AP) — Debris believed to be from a military transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished two days earlier en route to Antarctica has been discovered in the frigid, treacherous waters of the Drake Passage, Chile's Air Force said Wednesday. Air Force Gen. Eduardo Mosqueira...
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In this Monday, Dec. 9, 2019, photo provided by Lillani Hopkins, Lillani Hopkins pictured with her father Geoff prior to the eruption on White Island off the coast of Whakatane, New Zealand. Lillani Hopkins was feeling seasick and keeping her eyes trained on the open water as her tour boat swung around for a last view of the White Island volcano on Monday afternoon, Dec 9, 2019. Suddenly people started gasping and then her dad whacked her, telling her to turn around. The eruption had been so silent she hadn't heard it over the noise of the boat's engines. (Lillani Hopkins via AP)
December 11, 2019 - 10:58 am
WHAKATANE, New Zealand (AP) — The eruption was so silent that Lillani Hopkins didn't hear it over the hum of the boat’s engines. She didn't turn around until her dad whacked her. Then she saw it. Huge clouds of ash and steam shooting into the sky. She was so excited, she grabbed her phone out of...
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Relatives of passengers of a missing military plane comfort each other as they arrive at the Cerrillos airbase in Santiago, Chile, Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019. Chile's air force said it lost radio contact with a C-130 Hercules transport plane carrying 38 people on a flight to the country's base in Antarctica, and authorities are indicating they are not optimistic about the aircraft's fate. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo)
December 10, 2019 - 11:14 am
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Searchers using planes, ships and satellites were combing Antarctic seas on Tuesday, hunting for a Chilean Air Force transport plane carrying 38 people that vanished en route to a base on the frozen continent. Seven hours after contact was cut off, the Air Force declared the...
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This aerial photo shows White Island after its volcanic eruption in New Zealand Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. The volcano on a small New Zealand island frequented by tourists erupted Monday, and a number of people were missing and injured after the blast. (George Novak/New Zealand Herald via AP)
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December 09, 2019 - 12:00 pm
WHAKATANE, 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 the moon-like surface, killing five people and leaving eight others missing and feared dead, authorities said. Helicopter crews...
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People and rescue workers attend the scene of a building that collapsed in Tasia Embakasi, an east neighbourhood of Nairobi, Kenya on Friday Dec. 6, 2019. A six-story building collapsed in Kenya's capital on Friday, officials said, with people feared to be trapped in the debris. Police say people have been rescued by residents using their bare hands. (AP Photo/Khalil Senosi)
December 08, 2019 - 7:58 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan rescuers digging through the rubble of a six-story building found two survivors alive Sunday, two days after it collapsed in Nairobi. Authorities said the building collapse on Friday killed at least five people, injured 31 others and left 24 more missing. When the two...
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