RedskyNews Category: Australasia

7.3 Quake Hits Off PNG No Tsunami

A 7.3 magnitiude earthquake has struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea. The US geological survey said the quake’s epicentre was 87 kilometres southwest of Lae Province at a depth of 115 kilometres. So far, there’ve been no reports

Island States Prepare To Drown

Video Report:A three-year study by Australia’s CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology suggests the Pacific’s small island states can expect rising sea levels, more heavy rainfall events, more very hot days and more cyclones.

Wellington Damaged By 4.2 Quake

There have been reports of minor damage after a short, sharp magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled Wellington this morning. The quake, which struck at 10.16am, was centred 10 kilometres west of Porirua, north of Wellington, at a depth of 30km.

Big Quake Hits Off Papua New Quinea

A strong earthquake has struck off the coast of the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert has been issued. The U.S. Geological Survey says the

Homes Lost In Aussie Bush Fire

..Hot, dry conditions and high winds Thursday hampered fire crews as they battled to control bushfires raging through parched Western Australia state, destroying around 30 homes. The first blaze erupted when a controlled burn-off in a national park near the

NZ To Be Hit By Rising Seas

Rising sea levels will make it riskier to live in New Zealand and render parts of the coast uninhabitable over the next century, a climate scientist says in the wake of an international report. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Antarctic To Produce Mega Iceberg

A massive crack is growing wider in the Antarctic ice sheet and could break apart in the coming months, forming an iceberg the size of New York City, NASA scientists have warned. The crack in western Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier

Sceptic Admits Temperatures Rising

A prominent physicist and global warming sceptic spent two years trying to find out if mainstream climate scientists were wrong. In the end, he determined they were right: temperatures really are rising rapidly.

Strong Quake Jolts NZ Islands

A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake jolted New Zealand’s Kermadec Islands region in the South Pacific early on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. The USGS said the quake was centred 180 kilometres east of Raoul Island at a depth of about

Big Quake Hits Papua New Guinea

A strong 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck near a major town in Papua New Guinea, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. A subsequent reading put the quake at 6.7 and said it occurred 103 kilometres east of Lae, the country’s

New Zealand Oil Spill Worst Ever

New Zealand says an oil spill from a container ship stranded off the North Island coast has become the country’s worst maritime pollution disaster. The amount of oil spewing from the stricken vessel Rena, which hit a reef last Wednesday,

Killer Sharks Invade Golf Course

Video Report: Members of a golf club in Australia have something more to worry about than just their swing – playing on what’s thought to be the world’s first shark-infested course.

Queen To Visit Aussie Flood Victims

Buckingham Palace has released the full details of the Queen’s tour of Australia this month, which will include meetings with Queensland flood victims and a visit to the Floriade Flower Festival. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive in Canberra

Birds Found Dead In Oil Slick

A container ship that ran aground on a reef about 20 kilometres off the New Zealand coast has caused a five-kilometre oil slick. Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) has deemed the Liberian-flagged ship Rena hazardous after it ran aground on a

Austrian Glaciers Shrink Fast

Austria’s glaciers shrank dramatically this summer, the most since a record hot period in 2003, principally because of low amounts of snow the preceding winter, scientists said. The Goldbergkees glacier in the Alps, for instance, is on average two metres

Tuvalu Declares Drought Emergency

The Pacific island nation of Tuvalu has declared a state of emergency because of a water shortage. With drought conditions and the breakdown of existing desalination plants, a state of emergency has been declared in the capital and also other