RedskyNews Category: Australasia

Floodwaters Peak In Wagga

Video Report: Flood levels around the New South Wales city of Wagga Wagga have begun falling, but residents have been told they still cannot go home.

NT Town Warned Of Killer Bat Virus

Australia: Residents of Katherine in the Northern Territory are being urged to stay away from bats because they could be carrying a potentially fatal disease. The town’s main sportsground was closed last week, after an estimated 250,000 bats descended on

Hundreds Shelter From Floods

Hundreds of anxious residents from St George in southern inland Queensland are being housed in Dalby on the state’s Western Downs until the worst of the floods are over. About 350 St George residents, many of them children, are at

6.9 Earthquake Hits Off Vanuatu

A shallow 6.9-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of the South Pacific island of Vanuatu late on Thursday, the US Geological Survey said, but there was no tsunami warning. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake

Families Flee As Flood Isolates Town

Two families have been evacuated from a town cut off by the swollen Moonie River in the western Darling Downs. Western Downs Regional Mayor Ray Brown says the families were voluntarily evacuated from Flinton earlier today. He says flooding in

Floods Isolate Thousands In NSW

Video Report:Thousands of residents remain isolated by floodwaters along the New South Wales north coast as the threat moves inland.About 2,000 residents are already isolated by floodwaters on the mid and far north coast and a flood watch has now

NSW Residents Flee Rising Rivers

About 4,200 people have been evacuated from their homes on the New South Wales far north coast, after the same weather system that drenched Queensland moved south. Ten flood warnings are in place for rivers in the state’s north-east, where

6.3 Quake Hits Fiji

Magnitude-6.3 Earthquake hits Fiji area of South Pacific* SUVA, Fiji — A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has shaken the Pacific region south of the Fiji islands. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did

Hundreds Evacuated In Fiji Floods

WELLINGTON — Two farmers were killed and more than 700 people evacuated as torrential rain flooded large parts of Fiji’s main island Viti Levu, officials said Tuesday. Roads to the western part of the island were cut after days of

Queensland Hit By Flash Floods

Emergency Management Queensland (EMQ) says torrential rain that has caused chaos around the state’s south-east on Tuesday is only going to get heavier. Hundreds of millimetres of rain has been dumped across the Gold and Sunshine coasts and Brisbane, bringing

22 Whales Die On New Zealand Beach

New Zealand officials say at least 22 pilot whales have died after being beached on the country’s South Island. Rescuers and volunteers on Farewell Spit have been trying to keep the remaining 77 whales alive, keeping them covered and watered.

Activists Cause Stink With Whalers

Environmental activists threw paint and foul smelling acid at whaling ships in the Antarctic ocean in a fresh bid to halt the annual hunt, Japanese authorities said Thursday. The Institute of Cetacean Research, a quasi-public body that runs Japan’s whaling

High Mercury Levels In Antarctic

A team of French and Australian oceanographers have discovered the seabirds in the Southern Ocean have four times the mercury levels of aquatic birds elsewhere. The toxic element has come from both man-made and naturally occurring sources and while the

Iceberg Stops Centenary Plans

An iceberg nearly 100 kilometres (60 miles) long was Wednesday preventing tourist ships from reaching Antarctica to mark the centenary of an Australian explorer’s epic polar voyage. Douglas Mawson, among Antarctica’s earliest pioneers, led the Australasian Antarctic Expedition between 1911

Pilbara Hits Trough Record Heat

A town in Western Australia’s Pilbara region has been feeling the heat, sizzling through the second-hottest December day ever recorded in Australia. The mercury tipped 49.4 degrees Celsius in Roebourne yesterday. The record temperature in the town was also the

New Zealand Floods Worst In Years

A state of emergency has been declared in New Zealand’s Tasman district after the worst flooding there in decades. Communities along the coast and in the back country of Golden Bay and Nelson have received up to 420 millimetres of