PACIFIC OCEAN

  • Magnitude 7.4 quake shakes Central America, Tsunami alert sounded 6 days ago

    San Salvador: A magnitude 7.4 underwater earthquake off the Pacific coast of El Salvador shook several Central American countries late on Monday. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami warnings. But power outages were reported in El Salvador, and Nicaragua put out an internal alert, announcing...
  • Declining likelihood of El Nino by yearend: UN September 8, 2014

    Geneva: The "El Nino" phenomenon, which sparks climate extremes around the globe, could take hold in the Pacific Ocean by the end of the year, but the likelihood has declined since June, the UN said on Monday. There is now a 5560 percent likelihood that El Nino could begin between September...
  • Massive extinct volcano discovered beneath Pacific Ocean September 7, 2014

    Washington: A massive 100 millionyearold ancient extinct volcano has been discovered lurking four kilometres underwater in one of the least explored areas of the Pacific Ocean. Scientists, at the University of New Hampshire (UNH), on a seafloor mapping mission found a new seamount near the Johnson Atoll in the Pacific. The summit...
  • Hurricane Marie grows stronger in Pacific ocean August 25, 2014

    Mexico City: Hurricane Marie has grown in strength as it moves out into the Pacific, reaching Category 4 status and provoking dangerous waves along Mexico's western coast. The National Hurricane Center in Miami said that Marie had sustained winds of 150 mph (240 kph) and was located 485 miles (785...
  • United Airlines flight diverted to remote Midway Island due to odour July 13, 2014

    Washington: A United Airlines flight with 348 people aboard over the Pacific Ocean was forced to land on remote Midway Island because of what authorities said was an electrical odour on board. The United Airlines plane, carrying 335 passengers and 13 crew on a Boeing 777, was flying from Honolulu to...
  • 16-year-old stowaway on plane survives flight April 21, 2014

    Honolulu: FBI officials say a 16-year-old boy stowed away in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii, surviving the trip halfway across the Pacific Ocean unharmed despite frigid temperatures at 38,000 feet and a lack of oxygen. FBI spokesman Tom Simon in Honolulu told The Associated Press on...
  • Fisherman survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean by drinking turtle blood February 4, 2014

    A fisherman thought to be from El Salvador who washed ashore on the Marshall Islands said he survived more than a year adrift in the Pacific Ocean, drinking turtle blood and catching fish and birds with his bare hands. Jose Salvador Albarengo, 37, told officials he set sail on a shark...
  • Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant operator says another tank leaked toxic water October 3, 2013

    The operator of Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear plant said on Thursday another tank holding highly contaminated water overflowed, probably sending the liquid into the Pacific Ocean, in the second such breach in less than two months. Recent site mishaps have returned Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco, to the spotlight, calling...
  • Two Royal Canadian Navy warships collide in Pacific September 1, 2013

    Two Royal Canadian Navy warships collided in Pacific Ocean while conducting manoeuvres, an official release said on Saturday, adding there were no casualties. HMCS Algonquin and HMCS Protecteur collided on Friday en route to Hawaii, Xinhua reported citing a press release from Canada's department of national defence. Both warships ships are returning...
  • Tsunami measuring 0.9 metres hits Solomon Islands February 6, 2013

    Sydney: A small tsunami hit the Solomon Islands on Wednesday after a major 8.0 magnitude undersea earthquake sparked a tsunami warning for several South Pacific island nations and placed many more nations including Australia and Indonesia on alert. The quake struck at a very shallow depth of only five km...
  • US: 3 of a family drown in ocean trying to save dog November 28, 2012

    San Francisco: A California mother and father and their 16yearold son were swept out to sea over the weekend after a deadly chain of events set off when the teenager jumped into frigid waters to save the family dog from turbulent Pacific Ocean waves. The dog escaped on its own...
  • Beaked whale, world's rarest, spotted in Pacific Ocean November 6, 2012

    Wellington: The world's rarest whale species the spadetoothed beaked whale has been spotted for the first time by scientists of New Zealand in the Pacific Ocean. "This is the first time a spadetoothed beaked whale has been seen as a complete specimen, and we were lucky enough to find...
  • Russian space probe crashes into Pacific January 16, 2012

    Moscow: A Russian space probe designed to boost the nation's pride on a bold mission to a moon of Mars came down in flames today, showering fragments into the south Pacific west of Chile's coast, officials said. Pieces from the PhobosGround, which had become stuck in Earth's orbit, landed in water...
  • Lunar eclipse leaves enthusiasts spellbound December 10, 2011

    New Delhi: This year's last total lunar eclipse on Saturday presented a celestial spectacle for people all over the country, including those in the national capital, in the predusk hours. In a clear sky over the national capital, the full moon slowly slipped into the earth's darker shadow starting just after...
  • Longest lunar eclipse on Saturday December 10, 2011

    Hyderabad: There will be a total lunar eclipse on Saturday which will last for 52 minutes. It will be the longest till 2018, according to the Planetary Society, India. India is the best place to watch the eclipse as it will be visible from various parts of the country in...
  • US Army tests hypersonic weapon over the Pacific November 18, 2011

    Honolulu: The US Army on Thursday conducted its first flight test of a new weapon capable of traveling five times the speed of sound. The Army launched the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon from the military's Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai at about 1:30 am. The weapon's "glide vehicle" reached Kwajalein Atoll...
  • NASA's dead satellite falls over Pacific area September 24, 2011

    Washington: NASA's dead sixton satellite fell to Earth early on Saturday morning, starting its fiery death plunge somewhere over the vast Pacific Ocean. Details were still sketchy, but the US Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center and NASA say that the bussized satellite first penetrated Earth's atmosphere somewhere over the...
  • Strong earthquake jolts northeastern Japan July 23, 2011

    Tokyo: Japan's Meteorological Agency said a strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 on Saturday jolted northeastern Japan, the same region devastated by March's massive quake and tsunami. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage from the quake, and no tsunami warning was issued. The quake was...
  • Major earthquakes strike Pacific off Alaska June 24, 2011

    Washington: A major earthquake of 7.4 magnitude hit the Pacific Ocean on Thursday, 107 miles (172 km) east of Atka, Alaska, at a depth of about 25 miles (40 km),and a tsunami warning was in effect for parts of coastal Alaska, warning agencies said. A second quake of magnitude 7.2 hit...
  • Japan tsunami grazes Americas but impact light March 12, 2011

    San Francisco/Santiago: Tsunamis triggered by Japan's devastating earthquake that prompted thousands to flee the Pacific coast of North and South America caused flooding as far away as Chile on Saturday, but damage was limited. The tsunami lost much of its energy as it moved thousands of miles (km) across the Pacific...
  • Western US coast sustains damage from tsunami March 12, 2011

    California The warnings traveled quickly across the Pacific in the middle of the night as a 8.9magnitude earthquake in Japan spawned a deadly tsunami, and it was racing east on Friday as fast as a jetliner. Sirens blared in Hawaii. The West Coast pulled back from the shoreline, fearing the worst....
  • Hawaii orders evacuations after tsunami threat March 11, 2011

    Honolulu: Hawaii ordered evacuations from coastal areas due to the threat of a tidal wave set off by Friday's earthquake in Japan as a tsunami warning was extended to the whole of the Pacific basin, except mainland United States and Canada. Authorities also ordered evacuation from lowlying areas on the US...
  • Tongan inspection team heads to undersea volcano March 20, 2009

    Tonga: Scientists sailed on Thursday to inspect an undersea volcano that has been erupting for days near Tonga shooting smoke, steam and ash thousands of feet (meters) into the sky above the South Pacific ocean. Authorities said on Thursday the eruption does not pose any danger to islanders at this stage,...
  • Twenty die in Russian nuclear sub accident November 9, 2008

    Moscow: Twenty people died and more than 20 were injured in an accident aboard a Russian nuclear submarine in the Pacific Ocean, the navy said on Sunday, in the worst submarine disaster since the Kursk sank eight years ago. A Russian naval spokesman said 208 people were on board the...