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4 survive 32 days adrift in Pacific

Feb 12, 2020 - 11:17 AM

The group says they survived by eating coconuts found floating in the sea and collecting rainwater in a bowl

EXPANSE. A container cargo vessel is seen under the midday sun on the horizon crossing the Pacific Ocean a few miles off the coast of Long Beach, California on January 12, 2016.  Photo by Frederic Brown/AFP

'Save the Pacific to save the world,' urges U.N. chief

May 18, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Antonio Guterres has spent the past week in the region pushing for urgent action ahead of a UN summit in September billed as a last chance to prevent irreversible climate change

CLIMATE. In this May 13, 2019 photo, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (L) speaks to the media after he attended a breakfast with youth climate change and environmental leaders chaired by James Shaw (R), New Zealand's minister for climate change. Photo by Michael Bradley/AFP

Russia, Japan say differences remain over disputed islands

May 10, 2019 - 6:28 PM

The territorial dispute centers on 4 islands, between the Sea of Okhotsk and the Pacific Ocean, seized by the Soviet army in the last days of World War II

'SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCES.' Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) speaks with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono (L) during their meeting in Moscow on May 10, 2019. Photo by Yuri Kadobnov/AFP

Putin, Abe hold summit to break island impasse

Jan 22, 2019 - 11:40 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit marks the 25th time he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have met since 2013

TALKS. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe walk during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on January 22, 2019. Photo by Alexei Druzhinin/SPUTNIK/AFP

World court sinks Bolivia bid for sea access

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:31 AM

'The court by 12 votes to 3 finds that the Republic of Chile did not undertake a legal obligation to negotiate a sovereign access for the... state of Bolivia,' says judge Abdulqawi Ahmed Yusuf of the International Court of Justice

Outside view of the Peace Palace, seat of the ICJ, in February 2012. CIJ-ICJ/UN-ONU/Capital Photos/Gerald van Daalen/File

The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic

Sep 11, 2018 - 5:16 PM

The ambitious project by The Ocean Cleanup, a Dutch non-profit group, hopes to clean up half of the infamous garbage patch within 5 years when all systems are deployed

OCEAN CLEANUP! Ocean Cleanup's System 001 is towed out of the San Francisco Bay in San Francisco, California on September 08, 2018. Photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Australia buys high-tech drones to monitor South China Sea, Pacific

Jun 26, 2018 - 6:51 PM

Canberra is embarking on its largest peacetime naval investment through a massive shipbuilding strategy that includes new submarines, offshore patrol vessels and frigates to shore up its defense capabilities

AUSSIE EYE. This handout photo taken on April 3, 2014 and received from the Australian Department of Defence on June 26, 2018, shows Squadron Leader Col Gray inspecting a full scale mock up of the MQ-4C Triton Unmanned Aerial Vehicle in Canberra. Photo by LAC Michael Green/ Australian Department of Defence/AFP

Swimmer faces sharks, massive garbage patch on record Pacific crossing

Jun 04, 2018 - 9:51 PM

Part adventure, part scientific research, Ben Lecomte and his 8-person support team will conduct a host of marine experiments as they seek to raise awareness of ocean pollution and plastic contamination

PACIFIC SWIMMER. In this picture taken on June 3, 2018, French swimmer Benoit "Ben" Lecomte poses during an interview with AFP in Choshi, Chiba prefecture. Photo by Martin Bureau/AFP

Dangerous 'laze' forms as Hawaii volcano lava reaches ocean

May 21, 2018 - 4:27 PM

When the hot lava flow hits the water it produces acid fumes known as 'laze' – lava and haze

DANGER. A steam plume rises as lava enters the Pacific Ocean, after flowing to the water from a Kilauea volcano fissure, on Hawaii's Big Island on May 20, 2018 near Pahoa, Hawaii. Photo Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Cook Islands creates huge Pacific Ocean reserve

Jul 14, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Environmentalist Kevin Iro says the marine reserve known as Marae Moana would give the environment a chance to heal allowing the islanders to protect their legacy

LIVE: Senate hearing on Benham Rise Development Authority

Mar 29, 2017 - 10:54 AM

The Senate discusses the exploration of Benham Rise s full potential

PH eyes structures in Benham Rise amid China's interest

Mar 13, 2017 - 7:40 PM

Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also says the country will increase patrols in the area

IN ACTION. A team transfers UP-labeled rubber boats to another dive site. Photo courtesy of Dr Gil Jacinto/UP-MSI

Palace 'concerned' about Chinese ship in Benham Rise

Mar 10, 2017 - 1:20 PM

The Philippine government gives assurances that it will continue to assert sovereignty over the 13 million hectare area

UNDERWATER PLATEAU. Found near Aurora, the 13-million hectare Benham Rise is part of Philippine territory. Screen grab from a document the Philippines submitted to UN

Lorenzana: China showed interest in PH's Benham Rise

Mar 09, 2017 - 3:15 PM

The Philippines will not allow Chinese ships to return to the area says Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana

Quake-prone Pacific nations hold joint tsunami drills

Feb 15, 2017 - 6:22 PM

Civil defense offices will rehearse the relaying of tsunami warnings for large quakes off the coasts of Chile and Peru Colombia and Ecuador the Philippines the Solomon Islands Tonga and Vanuatu

DRILL. In this file photo, teachers evacuate children to higher ground during an earthquake and tsunami drill in Valparaiso, some 120 km west of Santiago, on November 3, 2016. Martin Bernetti/AFP

China sends aircraft carrier to Pacific drills for first time

Dec 25, 2016 - 7:25 PM

The Chinese navy drills are seen as a show of strength by Beijing at a time of rising tensions with Taiwan and the United States

This file photo taken on an undisclosed date in December 2016 shows Chinese J-15 fighter jets on the deck of the Liaoning aircraft carrier during military drills in the Bohai Sea, off China's northeast coast. Stringer/AFP

Search suspended for star Chinese sailor lost in mid-Pacific

Oct 27, 2016 - 4:08 PM

The US Coast Guard suspends its Pacific Ocean search for star Chinese sailor Guo Chuan after rescuers boarded his drifting yacht and confirmed he was not there but found his lifejacket

This file photo taken on August 8, 2015 shows Chinese skipper Guo Chuan posing aboard his 'Qingdao China' multihull in La Trinite-sur-Mer, western France. Jean-Sebastien Evrard/ AFP

Storm Lester becomes a hurricane in the Pacific – US monitor

Aug 27, 2016 - 1:00 PM

There are no coastal watches or warnings because Lester is moving west into the Pacific says the US National Hurricane Center

This NASA-NOAA GOES West satellite image shows Tropical Storm Lester in the Pacific Ocean off of Mexico on August 25, 2016 at 1445 UTC. The storm is heading towards the Pacific, and has strengthened into a hurricane on Friday. NOAA-NASA GOES Project / AFP

Pacific Ocean radiation back near normal after Fukushima – study

Jul 04, 2016 - 12:27 PM

Radiation levels in the Pacific were rapidly returning to normal after being tens of millions of times higher than usual following the disaster

High waves surge at coast at Ukedo in Namie, about 5 km north of tsunami-crippled Tokyo Electric Company's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (seen in rear), Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, March 10, 2015. Kimimasa Mayama/EPA

El Niño dries up Asia as its stormy sister La Niña looms

Apr 29, 2016 - 4:15 PM

The regional fever is expected to break by mid year but fears are growing that an equally forceful La Niña will follow

DROUGHT. A photo made available on April 1, 2016 shows Thai villagers walking on drought-parched land near the dried up Phayao Lake in Phayao province, northern Thailand, March 29, 2016. Thailand is facing a water shortage caused by the worst drought in decades, exacerbated by the El Nino weather phenomenon and combined with seasonal hot weather. File photo by Chaichan Chaimun/EPA

Recent strong earthquakes have no influence on each other – Phivolcs

Apr 18, 2016 - 10:27 PM

The agency also says the strong earthquakes will not trigger the Big One in the Philippines

AS IT HAPPENS: March 9 total solar eclipse

Mar 09, 2016 - 7:30 AM

UPDATED Watch 2016 s lone solar eclipse again courtesy of Slooh

Image courtesy NASA

Chileans deal with aftermath of 8.3 quake

Sep 18, 2015 - 4:43 AM

2nd UPDATE Officials say the earthquake on Wednesday evening September 16 is the 6th strongest in the history of Chile and the most powerful anywhere in the world this year

WASHED ASHORE. A fishing boat that was ran aground by the sea while moored in the port of Coquimbo, some 445 km north of Santiago, during the eve's earthquake on September 17, 2015. Martin Bernetti/AFP

Pacific summit to issue climate message to world

Sep 06, 2015 - 10:10 AM

The annual Pacific Island Forum summit hears details of eroding coastlines increasingly destructive storms and crops ruined by encroaching seawater

A file photo taken on March 3, 2014, shows a high tide energized by storm surges washing across Ejit Island in Majuro Atoll, Marshall Islands. Vulnerable Pacific island nations will this week from September 7, 2015 send the world an urgent plea for action on climate change at crunch talks in Paris later this year. Some Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) countries lie barely a metre (three feet) above sea level and fear they will disappear beneath the waves without drastic. Photo from AFP

Solo rower rescued in Pacific Ocean

Jun 14, 2015 - 12:59 PM

Sonya Baumstein was attempting to row solo across the Pacific Ocean when she encountered bad weather

Photo taken from Sonya Baumstein's website

Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

May 17, 2015 - 7:09 PM

The Chinese president calls for the two sides to handle disputes in an appropriate way so that the general direction of the bilateral relationship will not be affected

Radiation from Fukushima detected off Canada west coast

Apr 08, 2015 - 10:39 AM

It is the first time traces of Cesium 134 had been detected off North American coasts the isotope characteristic of the 2011 Fukushima disaster

GROUND ZERO. An aerial photo taken by a small unmanned drone of the damaged units of Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, Japan, 20 March 2011. EPA/Air Photo Service / Handout / File

Pacific Rim sky-gazers witness 'unusually brief' lunar eclipse

Apr 05, 2015 - 9:18 AM

UPDATED The eclipse is seen in northern Japan parts of Australia and parts of western North America

BLOOD MOON. A lunar eclipse is seen from Melbourne, Australia, on Saturday, 04 April 2015. David Crosling/EPA

HIGHLIGHTS: Blood moon, April 4,2015

Apr 04, 2015 - 6:00 PM

UPDATED Watch the April 4 2015 lunar eclipse on Rappler courtesy of the Slooh Community Observatory

LUNAR ECLIPSE. View of the blood moon total lunar eclipse behind the cathedral of the city of Cholula, in the Mexican state of Puebla, 08 October 2014. Francisco Guasco/EPA

China air force slips past PH, Taiwan for drills in 'far offshore' Pacific

Mar 31, 2015 - 12:49 PM

Several aircraft from China s People s Liberation Army PLA on March 30 flew over the ocean via the Bashi Channel which runs between Taiwan and the Philippines Xinhua reports

In this file photo, 6 J-10 fighter jets on the August 1st Aerobatics Team of the People's Liberation Army Air Force perform in the sky during the China International Aviation Aerospace Exhibition in Zhuhai, in south China's Guangdong province, 11 November 2014. Joy Mu/EPA

FAST FACTS: Vanuatu: land of poverty and beauty

Mar 16, 2015 - 12:24 PM

The south Pacific nation of Vanuatu is an archipelago of more than 80 islands known for their tropical beauty active volcanos and rural poverty

A fisherman paddles his outrigger canoe across Erakor Lagoon near Port Vila on August 2, 2010. Torsten Blackwood/AFP

Vanuatu braces for destructive cyclone Pam

Mar 12, 2015 - 2:56 PM

Tropical Cyclone Pam is intensifying as it approaches land and is set to become a maximum Category 5 system

The MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Terra satellite captured this visible image of Tropical Cyclone Pam in the South Pacific Ocean on March 9 at 23:00 UTC. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Central Luzon: Preparing for disasters while the sun is up

Mar 05, 2015 - 7:17 PM

Is your LGU preparing for disasters even before they strike? Share your stories and help save lives

Weather 101: Tropical storm vs super typhoon

Dec 03, 2014 - 9:59 PM

This infographic shows the difference between 4 categories of tropical cyclones

Busy Pacific, light Atlantic hurricane season draws to end

Nov 25, 2014 - 7:49 AM

This year a number of weather conditions combined to prevent storm formation in the Atlantic

Picture of a street in Cabo San Lucas taken after hurricane Odile knocked down trees and power lines in this city in Mexico's Baja California peninsula, on September 15, 2014. Ronaldo Schemidt/AFP

China installs buoys in Pacific Ocean – report

Oct 22, 2014 - 11:47 AM

The mission carried out by the Chinese research vessel Kexue marks the first time that China has put an array of submerged buoys on such a big scale a move that could exacerbate territorial tensions in the region

The Kexue III ship. Image courtesy of the Institute of Oceanology, China Academy of Sciences

Obama to create world's largest marine sanctuary

Sep 25, 2014 - 8:35 PM

Obama will sign a proclamation designating the marine reserve in the south central Pacific thereby making it off limits to development and commercial fishing

Declining likelihood of El Nino by year-end – UN

Sep 08, 2014 - 6:31 PM

There is now a 55 60 likelihood that El Nino could begin between September and November and a 70 chance that it will start from November to February said the World Meterological Organization

TALKING ABOUT THE WORLD. Alexander Strong (L, standing) reads a declaration from the WHO Climate Kids delegation to members of the World Health Organization (WHO) and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) during the World Health Organization conference on health and climate change, in Geneva, Switzerland, 27 August 2014. Salvatore Di Nolfi/EPA

UN weather agency warns of 'El Nino' this year

Apr 15, 2014 - 9:36 PM

The UN weather agency warns there is a good chance of an El Niño climate phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean this year bringing droughts and heavy rainfall to the rest of the world

Weak El Niño possible by mid-2014 – WMO

Jan 30, 2014 - 7:27 PM

For the first few months of this year meanwhile the WMO said there was a slight possibility of a weak and brief appearance of the El Niño s mirror image La Nina

HOT OR COLD? Sea surface temperatures for December 2013. The brighter the color gradient, the warmer the temperature. Image courtesy NASA's AQUA/MODIS satellite

Warmer Pacific worsened cyclone risk for East Asia

Jan 16, 2014 - 8:49 PM

China Korea and Japan have been placed in the firing line of powerful tropical cyclones by a warming of water in the western Pacific according to a three decade study

A satellite image of Tropical Storm Man-yi (which later became a typhoon) on September 13, 2013, at 1:15 UTC. Man-yi later hit Japan. Image courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Showdown on future of tuna in Australia meeting

Dec 01, 2013 - 12:32 PM

Pacific island nations demand tighter controls on a catch now worth US 7 0 billion a year

New Japan islet created in volcano eruption

Nov 22, 2013 - 12:35 PM

Video footage showed plumes of smoke and ash billowing from the 200 meter island

China ships spotted close to Japan-controlled islands

Nov 16, 2013 - 1:07 PM

Japan s coast guard says China has been spotted inside the territorial zone on 50 days so far this year

Cyclone, hurricane, typhoon: different names, same phenomenon

Nov 10, 2013 - 10:17 PM

Typhoons hurricanes and cyclones are all violent tropical storms that can generate 10 times as much energy as the Hiroshima atomic bomb

MEGASTORM. As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Photo courtesy NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Pacific climate change pact wins US support

Sep 08, 2013 - 1:37 PM

Separately the US was offering 24 million over five years for projects in vulnerable coastal communities in the Pacific

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Underwater volcano one of Solar System's biggest

Sep 06, 2013 - 1:50 PM

Tamu Massif east of Japan s Pacific coast covers around 310 000 square kilometers and slopes upwards to a height of around 3 5 km above the sea floor

EARTH'S LARGEST. A 3-D map of the Tamu Massif formation. Photo courtesy of IODP, Texas A&M University

Pacific leaders sign plea for action on climate change

Sep 05, 2013 - 5:53 PM

The goal of the Majuro Declaration was to create the political will for the world to adopt legally binding climate change targets by 2015

PACIFIC LEADERS. Forum leaders (L-R) Forum Secretary General Tuiloma Neroni Slade, Marshall Islands President Christopher Loeak, Palau President Tommy Remengesau, Jr., and Tuvalu Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga conduct a press conference at the conclusion of the leaders’ retreat in Majuro on September 5, 2013. AFP/Giff Johnson

Pacific sounds warning on climate change - Marshalls FM

Aug 30, 2013 - 12:47 PM

The Marshall Islands is working on reinvigorating the climate change discussion with the signing of the Majuro Declaration

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson

Climate 'catastrophe' looms in Pacific - Marshall Islands

Aug 01, 2013 - 1:54 PM

Marshall Islands wants the so called Majuro Declaration presented to the UN General Assembly to help renew global efforts on emissions reduction

HIGH TIDE FLOOD. In this file photo, local residents wade through flooding caused by high ocean tides in low-lying parts of Majuro Atoll, the capital of the Marshall Islands, on February 20, 2011. Photo by AFP / Giff Johnson