Category - Australasia


Australia: Mildura: Merkur Hotel evacuation due to fire

Mildura hotel evacuated after fire breaks out THE Mercure Hotel has been evacuated and a section of Eighth Street is currently closed to traffic after a fire broke out in the building.  


Australia: Sydney Airport: High winds disrupting flights

“Friday night chaos for travellers at Sydney Airport as airlines cancel flights leaving thousands of passengers stranded after high winds force airport to operate with just ONE runway”   Passengers who had planned to fly from Sydney Airport on Friday have been left stranded after severe winds saw two runways closed by authorities. Both the […]


New Zealand: earthquake

A ‘severe’ 6.0 magnitude earthquake has hit off the south coast of New Zealand just two days after Christchurch was rocked by a powerful quake. The 10km-deep earthquake struck 160km south-west of Snares Islands at 8.28am on Tuesday, with shaking felt near Roxburgh, Invercargill, Dunedin and Christchurch. Residents have expressed concern at the tremors which rattled the South Island […]


New Zealand: South Island: Earthquake 5.9

A strong earthquake has reportedly rattled New Zealand, sending people fleeing from buildings.   The 5.9-magnitude quake hit at 3:36 pm (4.36am UK time) with its epicentre about 41 miles from the South Island town of Kaikoura.   The tremor was at a depth of 34 miles, the US Geological Survey said.   The local […]


Australia, Vanuatu, Fiji, New Zealand: cyclones

Three tropical cyclones have taken shape over the waters surrounding Australia. Tropical Cyclone Pam developed early in the week to the east of the Solomon Islands and northwest of Fiji. Rapid strengthening throughout the week has brought Pam to exceptional strength, the equivalent of a Category 4 Hurricane in the Atlantic or Eastern Pacific. While […]


Australia: Cyclones Marcia and Lam

Wild weather hits Queensland and Northern Territory as Cyclone Marcia and Cyclone Lam attack  FIERCE winds have torn trees out by their roots and hundreds of families have fled their homes as a “cyclone sandwich” approaches the north of Australia. WHAT WE KNOW: * Cyclone Lam near the Northern Territory is category 4 and Cyclone […]