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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

Monster cyclone tears through Vanuatu town

Apr 07, 2020 - 12:51 PM

(UPDATED) Tropical Cyclone Harold, which claimed 27 lives when it swept through the Solomon Islands last week, lashes Vanuatu's northern provinces overnight as a scale-topping category 5 superstorm

CYCLONE PREPARATIONS. Locals walk past boarded up shops in Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila on April 6, 2020 ahead of Tropical Cyclone Harold. Photo by Philippe Carillo/AFP

Vanuatu defends speedy China extraditions

Jul 10, 2019 - 3:50 PM

Critics accuse the government of bypassing due process to please China, one of the country's biggest aid donors

CHARLOT SALWAI. Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai attends a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping (not pictured) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on May 28, 2019. File photo by Florence Lo/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

EU expands tax blacklist to 15 countries, including UAE

Mar 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Italy has long resisted the addition of the UAE. The Middle East powerhouse has recently made significant investments in the economically troubled European country.

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Powerful 7.5 quake off New Caledonia triggers tsunami but no damage

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned surges of up to 10 feet could be expected and shallow quakes of that magnitude can be devastating

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Vanuatu to permanently evacuate volcanic island

May 21, 2018 - 3:20 PM

The latest evacuation is not compulsory but the government said it wants those who left to stay away for good and resettle elsewhere. The Council of Ministers has approved 4 permanent settlements on the nearby island of Maewo, which it will lease from landowners.

Thousands evacuated from Vanuatu island as volcano erupts

Sep 26, 2017 - 4:54 PM

After weeks of rumbling, activity from the Manaro Voui volcano – at the centre of the northern island of Ambae – increased in recent days, the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department says

Vanuatu president dies of heart attack – report

Jun 18, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Although the role was considered largely ceremonial Baldwin Lonsdale became a symbol of hope for Vanuatu when Cyclone Pam caused severe damage in the country in early 2015

VANUATU'S LEADER. A file photo taken on March 17, 2015, shows Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale speaking at a press conference after cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Jeremy Piper

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 6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

Jul 20, 2016 - 11:58 PM

The earthquake strikes at a depth of 164 kilometers and occurs 149 kilometers south southeast of the capital Port Vila

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Vanuatu

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED The quake strikes at a depth of 131 km and occurs at approximately 9:49 pm Manila time

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Vanuatu – USGS

Apr 30, 2016 - 5:50 PM

No tsunami warning is issued and there are no immediate reports of damage

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

6.0 earthquake hits off Vanuatu coast

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:49 PM

The quake strikes at a depth of 10 kilometers 6 miles some 86 kilometers 53 miles away from the town of Port Orly USGS reports There is no immediate tsunami warning

Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Vanuatu, no tsunami threat

Oct 21, 2015 - 8:27 AM

The quake hit at a depth of 131 kilometers 81 miles about 335 km from the capital Port Vila

Half of Vanuatu's population affected by Cyclone Pam – UN

Mar 21, 2015 - 10:49 AM

Food stocks and water reserves are being exhausted and will not last more than a couple of weeks across the affected islands

DEVASTATION. Villagers clean up their destroyed homes on Tanna Island, Vanuatu, 19 March 2015. File photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Cardinal Tagle to Filipinos: Help storm-hit Vanuatu

Mar 20, 2015 - 2:01 PM

The Philippine government however has not widely publicized any donation to the poor South Pacific island nation devastated by Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam

CALL FOR HELP. Local residents walk on a road on the island of Tanna in the storm-hit island nation of Vanuatu, on March 17, 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt/EPA

Villagers hungry as cyclone destroys Vanuatu crops

Mar 20, 2015 - 11:17 AM

Agriculture Minister David Tosul: In short our agricultural experts estimate that Vanuatu s people will run out of food in less than one week from today and our government must start distributions immediately

GETTING AID. Aid on-board an Australian RAAF C-17 Globemaster in transit to Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Vanuatu slams lack of aid coordination, says food running out

Mar 19, 2015 - 10:21 AM

Vanuatu s government hits out at aid groups swarming into the cyclone ravaged Pacific nation over a lack of coordination which it says cost precious time getting help to those in need

Aid on-board an Australian RAAF C-17 Globemaster in transit to Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Aid starts flowing to cyclone-hit Vanuatu

Mar 18, 2015 - 8:33 AM

Many of the archipelago s 80 islands remains cut off; an aid official says flights over some islands saw people signaling for help with large white Hs and mirrors

GRIEF. People grieve as they transport the body of 20 year-old Eddy Willy on the loading bay of a pickup truck to his burial in the island of Tanna, Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Vanuatu reminder: Why world should take bold action on disasters

Mar 17, 2015 - 3:01 PM

President Lonsdale’s words are a wake up call for the international community the current status quo in disaster risk reduction efforts is failing the world’s most vulnerable nations and communities

AFTERMATH. Adrian Banga surveys his destroyed house in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Photo by Dave Hunt Australia and New Zealand Out/EPA

Fears of food shortages in Vanuatu as huge damage revealed

Mar 17, 2015 - 2:50 PM

With 24 people so far confirmed dead the scale of the disaster becomes clearer

A photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 17 March 2015 shows two boys standing outside a destroyed house in Vanuatu, 17 March 2015. UNICEF Pacific/Handout/EPA

Relief, hardship as Cyclone Pam survivors battle on

Mar 17, 2015 - 11:50 AM

With communications down to many of the other islands aid agencies said the full scale of the latest disaster in Vanuatu is not yet known

PICKING UP THE PIECES. Residents clean up their homes in Vanuatu's capital Port Vila on March 17, 2015 after Cyclone Pam ripped through the island nation. Jeremy Piper/AFP

Seychelles calls on world to 'wake up' to climate change

Mar 17, 2015 - 8:34 AM

President James Michel: Today it is the South Pacific tomorrow it could be us

VANUATU DEVASTATION. A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 14 March 2015 of people looking at a severely damaged boats and yachts in a harbor on Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 14 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/EPA

Vanuatu picks up pieces after cyclone batters island nation

Mar 17, 2015 - 7:52 AM

Residents of the capital Port Vila slowly begin picking up the pieces amidst apocalyptic scenes

PICKING UP THE PIECES. Samuel kicks a ball as his father Phillip searches through the ruins in what remained of their family home in Port Villa, capital of Vanuatu, 16 March 2015. Dave Hunt/EPA

Junjun Binay stays, Usman’s coddler arrested, Murray for Mayweather | The wRap

Mar 16, 2015 - 7:18 PM

A court stops Junjun Binay s suspension Troops arrest Usman’s coddler Andy Murray says Floyd Mayweather has the edge over Manny Pacquiao

Help us rebuild, Vanuatu president urges world

Mar 16, 2015 - 3:49 PM

An emotional President Baldwin Lonsdale says the need is immediate after Severe Tropical Cyclone Pam tore through the country

This handout photo taken and received on March 14, 2015 by UNICEF Pacific shows residents looking through storm damage caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Image courtesy UNICEF Pacific

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

Cyclone Pam: Vanuatu conditions 'more difficult' than Haiyan

Mar 16, 2015 - 10:24 AM

UPDATED Workers on the ground said there is no way to distribute desperately needed supplies across the archipelago s 80 islands warning it would take days to reach remote villages flattened by the monster storm

A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 15 March 2015 shows residents removing debris from their homes after Cyclone Pam hit Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 15 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/Handout/EPA

As Vanuatu suffers, more urgency needed on climate – World Bank

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:29 PM

Policymakers at a UN disaster meeting in Japan do not seem to understand the pressing need to tackle climate change the World Bank warns

DISASTER CONFERENCE. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) delivers a speech during a luncheon hosted by Japanese Prime Minister at the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan, 14 March 2015. Franck Robichon/Pool/EPA

Aid effort stepped up after monster Vanuatu cyclone

Mar 15, 2015 - 3:14 PM

The official death toll in the capital Port Vila stood at 6 on Sunday although aid workers said this was likely just a fraction of the fatalities nationwide

DEVASTATION. This handout photo taken on March 14, 2015 and released to AFP on March 15 by Australian Red Cross shows people clearing up debris and dealing with the damage to their homes in Seaside, near the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. Photo by  Chris McCowage/Australian Red Cross/AFP

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

Cyclone Pam: Villages 'blown away' in Vanuatu

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:51 AM

UPDATED Oxfam: This is likely to be one of the worst disasters ever seen in the Pacific the scale of humanitarian need will be enormous entire communities have been blown away

BLOWN FROM THE WATER. A handout photo provided by UNICEF Pacific on 14 March 2015 of people looking at a severely damaged boats and yachts in a harbor on Vanuatu island, South Pacific region, 14 March 2015. Graham Crumb/UNICEF Pacific/EPA

Dozens feared dead in Vanuatu from Cyclone Pam

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Though the full extent of the damage is unknown UN officials say damage is worse than what was expected

DAMAGED. This handout photo taken and received on March 14, 2015 by UNICEF Pacific shows storm damage to boats caused by Cyclone Pam, in the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila. The huge tropical cyclone smashed into Vanuatu in the South Pacific, terrifying residents and leaving "complete devastation" with fears on March 14 that dozens of people may have died.

Cyclone Pam may be 'one of the worst in Pacific history': UNICEF

Mar 14, 2015 - 12:16 PM

UNICEF says it s clear that the full force of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu is dramatically worse than predicted

Devastating storm pounds Pacific Island of Vanuatu

Mar 14, 2015 - 9:41 AM

Cyclone Pam is believed to have caused widespread destruction and dozens of people may have died

CYCLONE. NASA's Aqua satellite captured a visible image of Pam on Friday, March 13, 2015 at 02:20 UTC. Photo from the NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team

Flooding in Vanuatu as cyclone hits maximum strength

Mar 13, 2015 - 9:37 AM

The Vanuatu Disaster Management Office issues red alerts for 4 provinces in the poor Pacific nation of 270 000 people advising residents to shelter in evacuation centers

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

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

6.8-magnitude quake in Vanuatu, no tsunami threat – USGS

Jan 23, 2015 - 12:32 PM

The quake hits at a depth of 218 kilometers 135 miles about 84 kilometers from Vanuatu s capital Port Vila according to the USGS

6.7-magnitude quake strikes off Guam – USGS

Sep 17, 2014 - 2:39 PM

UPDATED The Guam tremor hit about three minutes after a 6 0 magnitude quake struck off the Pacific nation of Vanuatu but the two were unrelated; no tsunami warnings for either quake

Australia police seize huge cocaine haul in Pacific

Aug 23, 2013 - 10:08 AM

Australian police said they had seized 750 kilograms 1 650 pounds of cocaine in Vanuatu

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

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

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

No tsunami alert after strong 6.8 quake in Vanuatu Islands

Dec 22, 2012 - 9:05 AM

The quake which struck at a depth of more than 200km did not generate a tsunami