RedskyNews Category: Australasia

5.8 Quake Strikes Central Queensland

Homes and buildings shook and panicked holidaymakers scrambled as a ‘violent’ 5.8 magnitude earthquake rocked north Queensland and the Whitsundays. Geoscience Australia detected the quake 50kms off the coast of Bowen, north Queensland, about 2.30pm. It was the ‘biggest earthquake’

Rising Seas Swallow Five Islands

Five tiny Pacific islands have disappeared due to rising seas and erosion, a discovery thought to be the first scientific confirmation of the impact of climate change on coastlines in the Pacific, according to Australian researchers. The submerged islands were

7.2 Quake Hits Vanuatu – Tsunami Warning Issued

A powerful 7.2 magnitude earthquake has struck off the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu. The US Geological Survey said the quake was 535km (330 miles) southeast of Vanuatu island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a local tsunami warning

5.1 Quake Shakes North Island New Zealand

The 5.1 magnitude quake was 167 km deep, centred 25 km south-east of Tokoroa, GNS said. It struck at about 6.48am and has been felt in Hawke’s Bay, Manawatu-Wanganui, Wellington and in the top of the South Island. GNS seismologist

4.8 Quake Strikes Off Victoria No Tsunami

A magnitude-4.8 earthquake has been detected in waters off Victoria’s south-west coast, Geoscience Australia says. It happened about 150 kilometres from the town of Warrnambool at 12:45pm and was also felt on King Island in Bass Strait. The Bureau of

Longest Volcano Range Discovered In Australia

Scientists have discovered the world’s longest chain of continental volcanoes, stretching 2,000km along eastern Australia. The volcanic chain, which started its formation 33m years ago, runs from near the Whitsundays in Queensland to near Melbourne. It is nearly three times

Herbal Medicines Can Contain Toxic Metals

People who take unregulated complementary medicines are at a higher risk of being contaminated by heavy metals, a medical scientist has warned. Research from the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment (CRC CARE) reveals that

6.1 Quake Strikes Off Fiji No Tsunami Alert

An earthquake registering a magnitude of 6.1 has reportedly struck south of the Fiji Islands. The seismic movement was recorded at 6.36pm (AEST) at a depth of 573km. The information has not yet been finalised, however the US Geological Survey

New Zealand Birds Suffer Lead Poisoning

For the first time ever tui have been found with lead poisoning. The three tui were discovered in Wellington earlier this year and taken to Wellington Zoo’s animal hospital, The Nest Te K?hanga, for treatment. Both the zoo and the

Flooded Fiji Like A War Zone

People in flood-ravaged Fiji have begun returning home after spending several days in evacuation centres. The death toll from the floods has risen to five after some of the worst flooding the country has seen in decades. Officials in Fiji

At Least Six Dead In Fiji Floods

A family of four has died under a landslide in Fiji, as forecasters predict lingering torrential rain in the flood-battered region. Police told FBC News a 35-year-old father, 30-year-old mother and their two daughters, aged three and one, were buried

Perth Swelters In Record Heatwave

Perth is sweltering through the eighth heatwave of the summer and autumn seasons, the first time such an event has happened since records started being kept in 1897. The Bureau of Meteorology defines a heatwave as three consecutive days at

Pacific Nation Could Move To Fiji

Fearing that climate change could wipe out their entire Pacific archipelago, the leaders of Kiribati are considering an unusual backup plan: moving the populace to Fiji. Kiribati President Anote Tong told The Associated Press on Friday that his Cabinet this

Sydney Lashed By Rain Storm

Sydney was thrown into chaos Thursday after the city’s heaviest rainfall in five years sparked widespread flash flooding and forced the closure of railway lines and dozens of roads. Large tracts of Australia’s most populous state New South Wales are

300 sq km Water Floods Towns

Australia: A MASSIVE 300sq km span of water is travelling west in the Riverina leaving towns under water in its wake as the NSW floods continue. The entire town of Yenda is under shallow water as the water travels overland

1000’s Spiders Dodge Aussie Floods

WAGGA WAGGA, Australia (Reuters) – Thousands of spiders have cast eerie webs over vast areas of flood-hit Australia after being forced to seek shelter by the rising waters. Experts said the spiders may be spinning the sticky webs to help