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Pacific clean-up after homes 'blown to smithereens' by superstorm

Apr 14, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The cyclone careens through the South Pacific, peaking as a Category Five superstorm that gouged a trail of destruction across the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Fiji and Tonga

TROPICAL CYCLONE HAROLD. This handout photo taken and released by the Tonga Police on April 9, 2020 shows damage to a tourist resort caused by Tropical Cyclone Harold in the Hihifo coastal area. Handout photo by Tonga Police/AFP

Monster Pacific cyclone Harold batters Fiji

Apr 08, 2020 - 9:02 AM

(UPDATED) Harold remains 'extremely dangerous' and residents in the island's south are advised to shelter in churches, schools, or other substantial buildings

TURBULENT. This handout photo taken on April 7, 2020 shows high seas along the coast in Lamen Bay, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through the northern islands of the Pacific island country of Vanuatu. Photo by Tasso Joshua/AFP

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) The US Geological Survey says the earthquake strikes at a depth of 17.7 kilometers some 140 kilometers southeast of the Pacific nation's capital Honiara

Solomons vetoes Chinese 'lease' on Pacific island

Oct 25, 2019 - 12:40 PM

The deal between the Solomons' Central Province and the state-owned China Sam Group was 'unlawful, unenforceable and must be terminated with immediate effect,' Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare's office says

MANASSEH SOGAVARE. Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare talks to Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) during a meeting at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on October 9, 2019. Photo by Parker Song/AFP

China signs deal to 'lease' Tulagi island in the Solomons

Oct 17, 2019 - 4:16 PM

(UPDATED) The leaked papers reveal the Solomons' Central Province made a 'strategic cooperation agreement' on Tulagi island, which has a natural deep water harbor, with the China Sam Group on September 22

Taiwan terminates relations with Solomon Islands after China switch

Sep 16, 2019 - 11:54 PM

'The government of China has once again resorted to dollar diplomacy and false promises of large amounts of foreign assistance to buy off a small number of politicians,' says Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu

DOLLAR DIPLOMACY? In this file photo taken on May 1, 2018 Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu speaks during a press conference in Taipei. Taiwan on September 16, 2019 severed ties with the Solomon Islands after learning the Pacific nation had decided to switch diplomatic recognition to China, a decision it described as 'extremely regrettable.' File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

Taiwan leader meets Solomons envoy to shore up ties over China

Sep 09, 2019 - 4:37 PM

The Solomon Islands are among only 17 countries that maintain official ties with Taiwan, but Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has vowed to review the relationship

Taiwan President, Tsai Ing-wen speaks during a press conference at the Taipei Guest House on August 20, 2016.  Tsai, who was inaugurated on May 20 as Taiwan's first female president, will mark her first 100 days in office next week and asked the public not to judge her job performance by just 100 days as her popularity fell to under 50 percent in a recent poll. / AFP PHOTO / SAM YEH

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

Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

Jan 22, 2017 - 1:23 PM

UPDATED A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits Solomon Islands

Jan 11, 2017 - 12:13 AM

The USGS said the earthquake occurred at around 11:27 pm Manila time at a depth of 45 kilometers some 108 kilometers west northwest of Kirakira in the Solomon Islands

Solomons escape serious damage after powerful 7.7 quake

Dec 09, 2016 - 9:06 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially announced possible widespread hazardous tsunami waves but the warning has been downgraded within 3 hours after the threat passed without major incident

6.6-magnitude quake hits off Solomon Islands

Aug 15, 2015 - 4:50 PM

UPDATED The quake strikes some 214 kilometers 132 miles west of the town of Lata but 460 kilometers from the capital Honiara

7.0 quake hits off Solomon Islands – USGS

Jul 18, 2015 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now mostly passed

Magnitude 6.5 quake off Solomons, no tsunami threat

Jul 10, 2015 - 2:12 PM

The quake hits 154 kilometers 96 miles southwest of Dadali and 170 kilometers west of the capital Honiara according to the US Geological Survey

Two 6.8-magnitude quakes strike off Solomon Islands

May 23, 2015 - 9:32 AM

UPDATED It is the third day in a row that the Solomons have been rocked by a quake of 6 0 magnitude or higher

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off PNG, Solomon Islands

May 07, 2015 - 3:51 PM

The quake hits at a depth of 22 kilometers 13 miles some 149 kilometers southwest of Panguna in PNG and 642 kilometers from the Solomons capital Honiara

Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:35 AM

UPDATED Officials are still unable to make contact with more remote areas to determine whether there had been any sea level changes

Tuvalu among other Pacific nations also battered by Cyclone Pam

Mar 15, 2015 - 1:58 PM

Other Pacific nations including the Solomon Islands and Kiribati have also been battered although not as badly as Vanuatu

STORM SURGE. A handout image provided by the Red Cross Australia on 13 March 2015 shows the situation in Tuvalu ahead of Cyclone Pam, 13 March 2015. Melanie Uhila/Red Cross Australia/Handout/EPA

Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands

Apr 13, 2014 - 9:31 PM

UPDATED The quake struck hours after a 7 6 tremor hit the island nation A tsunami warning has been issued for the Solomon Islands Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea

7.6 quake strikes off Solomon Islands

Apr 13, 2014 - 7:32 AM

The US Geological Survey which measured the undersea quake at around 29 kilometres 18 miles deep issued a green alert indicating there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage

6 dead, 10,500 homeless as floods devastate Solomons

Apr 04, 2014 - 1:00 PM

Flash floods kill 6 and leave 10 500 homeless in the Solomon Islands

SOLOMON ISLANDS. At least 3 are dead and 10,000 are left homeless after flash flooding affects the Solomon Islands

Cyclone June takes aim at New Caledonia, New Zealand

Jan 18, 2014 - 9:54 AM

A warning has gone out to all shipping in the path of Cyclone June to expect heavy swells and gale force winds

Image courtesy of NASA JPL/Ed Olsen

7.1-magnitude quake strikes Papua New Guinea: USGS

Oct 16, 2013 - 10:04 PM

An Australian seismologist told AFP that there was always the chance of a localized tsunami but a full picture was unlikely to emerge until the morning due to the area s remoteness and communications delays

Fiji slams Australia's PNG boat people plan

Jul 29, 2013 - 7:51 PM

Fiji diplomat: We cannot remain silent when the Australian government dumps this problem which is arguably of its own making on our doormat

'LET THEM IN.' Police officers keep vigil as demonstrators shout slogans against the government's new policy of resettling refugees in Papua New Guinea as the ruling Labor party attended a caucus meeting in Sydney on July 22, 2013. Photo by AFP / Saeed Khan

6.1-magnitude quake strikes off Solomons - USGS

Jun 05, 2013 - 2:49 PM

The tremor at a depth of 64 kilometers 39 miles hit in the Santa Cruz Islands some 89 km south of the remote town of Lata

7.0 magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands

Feb 09, 2013 - 12:12 AM

This is the latest massive aftershock following a 8 0 magnitude quake which sparked a tsunami three days ago

7.1 magnitude quake strikes off Solomon Islands

Feb 08, 2013 - 7:55 PM

It comes two days after an 8 0 magnitude quake parked a tsunami

Rescuers bid to reach tsunami-hit villages in Solomons

Feb 07, 2013 - 2:31 PM

UPDATED At least 6 people were confirmed dead after Wednesday s February 6 quake generated a wave that swamped coastal communities on Ndende island in the eastern Solomons

5 dead as 8.0 quake off Solomons sparks Pacific tsunami

Feb 06, 2013 - 2:59 PM

2nd UPDATE We can report five dead and three injured One of the dead was a male child three were elderly women and one an elderly man

Solomons quake shows might of 'Ring of Fire'

Feb 06, 2013 - 2:18 PM

Most of history s deadliest quakes tremors and volcanic explosions have occurred along this weak line in the Earth s crust

Key Facts: Solomon Islands

Feb 06, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Here are some key facts about the South Pacific nation hit by a powerful magnitude 8 0 quake February 6

Solomons quake triggers PH tsunami watch

Feb 06, 2013 - 10:28 AM

UPDATE The alert was lifted at past noon Philippine time after the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center lifted the warnings for affected areas in the Pacific basin

Magnitude 8.0 quake strikes Solomons, sparks Pacific tsunami

Feb 06, 2013 - 9:43 AM

3rd UPDATE A major magnitude 8 0 earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean and a tsunami warning was issued for South Pacific islands

Series of quakes hit off Solomon Islands

Feb 03, 2013 - 9:33 AM

A series of strong earthquakes struck off the Solomon Islands in rapid succession on Sunday but no tsunami warnings were issued

Thousands flee floods as cyclone batters Solomon Islands

Dec 30, 2012 - 7:49 PM

Thousands of people were forced to flee rapidly rising rivers in the Solomon Islands officials said Sunday December 30 as Cyclone Freda intensified into a destructive force storm

Royals William, Catherine arrive for Asia-Pacific tour

Sep 11, 2012 - 4:41 PM

Britain s Prince William and his wife Catherine arrived in Singapore to kick off a Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II s Diamond Jubilee

WILLIAM & KATE IN SINGAPORE. Britain's Prince William (L) looks on as his wife Catherine (C) receives flowers upon their arrival at the VIP terminal of Changi International Airport in Singapore on September 11, 2012. The couple arrived in Singapore to kick off a nine-day Southeast Asian and Pacific tour marking Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee. AFP PHOTO / POOL / Wong Maye-E

William and Catherine on Southeast Asia, Pacific tour

Sep 09, 2012 - 10:53 AM

Britain s Prince William and his wife Catherine bring their royal star power to Southeast Asia and the Pacific this week as part of a tour marking Queen Elizabeth II s Diamond Jubilee

GOING ON TOUR. Britain's Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (L) talks with Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (R) during the opening ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in east London on August 29, 2012. AFP PHOTO / LEON NEAL

85% of 'Coral Triangle' reefs at risk

Jul 09, 2012 - 11:16 AM

More than 85 percent of reefs in Asia s Coral Triangle are directly threatened by human activities such as coastal development pollution and overfishing a new report warned Monday July 9

Fish swim in the coral reef of Bunaken Island national marine park in northern Sulawesi on May 14, 2009. AFP PHOTO/ROMEO GACAD