RedskyNews Category: Australasia

6.9 Quake Hits Papua New Guinea

A powerful earthquake has struck waters off Papua New Guinea. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no threat of a widespread, destructive tsunami. The US Geological Survey said the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.9

Anti-Whaling Ships Head South

Anti-whaling ships leave Hobart today for their seventh campaign in the Southern Ocean to try to stop Japan’s whaling program. The Sea Shepherd ships Bob Barker and Steve Irwin will leave Hobart’s Macquarie Wharf this afternoon for “Operation No Compromise”.

Flash Floods Hit Melbourne

Storms have caused flash flooding in Melbourne’s east. Emergency services say about 80 properties have been flooded in the Croydon and Lilydale areas. Please follow and like us:

Mass Extinctions as Oceans Die

Australian scientists fear the planet is on the brink of another mass extinction as ocean dead zones continue to grow in size and number. More than 400 ocean dead zones – areas so low in oxygen that sea life cannot

Sea Shepherd Unveils New Weapon

The Australian director of the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says its new vessel has the potential to stop Japanese whaling. The fast interceptor vessel, which is registered in Fremantle and cost $4 million, is called Gojira. Please follow and like

Earthquake Hits New Zealand

There have been reports of damage in Masterton and Otaki after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake rattled the lower North Island this afternoon. The quake struck 10 kilometres north-west of Masterton at 2.22pm at a depth of 30km, according to the

Fourth Blast at Pike River Mine

A fourth underground explosion has rocked the Pike River Mine in New Zealand’s south island, where 29 miners earlier perished. Police say there were no injuries when the gas explosion occurred just before 2:00pm local time on Sunday. Please follow

Third Explosion at Pike River Mine

There has been a third explosion at the Pike River coal mine in New Zealand, where 29 men are presumed dead underground. The blast, which reportedly lasted for around 23 seconds, is said to have happened shortly after 3:30pm (local

Haiti Cholera Death Toll Tops 1,600

AFP – The death toll from Haiti’s cholera epidemic rose to 1,603 on Thursday, up from 1,415 just two days previously, according to the health ministry. The outbreak has infected 69,776 people since it was first detected in mid-October, of

Australia Moves to Protect Tuna

Australian has announced new measures to protect stocks of southern bluefin tuna, whose numbers are being threatened by the rising global popularity of sushi food. Environment Minister Tony Burke said the fish would be listed as “conservation-dependent”, meaning it would