South Pacific

  • 7.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea April 19, 2014

    Sydney: A powerful earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Saturday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. The magnitude-7.5 earthquake was located 75 kilometers (47 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island, according to the US Geological Survey. It...
  • Tsunami hits Solomon Islands, many feared dead February 6, 2013

    Sydney: A powerful earthquake off the Solomon Islands generated a tsunami of up to 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) that damaged dozens of homes and likely killed several people in the South Pacific island chain on Wednesday. Authorities canceled warnings for tsunamis on more distant coasts. Solomons officials reported two 1.5-meter...
  • 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...
  • Tsunami warning issued for South Pacific islands February 6, 2013

    Sydney: A tsunami warning was issued for several South Pacific islands after a major earthquake measuring 8.0 magnitude struck off the Solomon Islands, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said on Wednesday. The warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae,...
  • Samoa skips a day, jumps from Dec 29 to 31 December 30, 2011

    Apia, Samoa: The South Pacific nation of Samoa has jumped forward in time as it crossed westward over the international dateline to align itself with trading partners throughout the region. At the stroke of midnight on Thursday, December 29, time in Samoa leapt forward to December 31 — New Year's Eve....
  • 7.6 magnitude earthquake hits South Pacific October 22, 2011

    Tonga: A strong earthquake struck far off the South Pacific island nation of Tonga on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The US Geological Survey reports the magnitude-7.6 quake struck Friday at 1:57 pm (1757 GMT) about 541 miles (870 kilometers) south of Nuku'Alofa on Tonga....
  • 6.1 magnitude quake strikes near New Zealand May 22, 2011

    Wellington: The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.1 earthquake has struck near a group of South Pacific islands. There are no reports of damage or risk of tsunami. A statement by the USGS says the quake struck Sunday 12 miles (19 kilometers) under the Kermadec Islands, a New Zealand group...
  • Magnitude 7.1 earthquake hits South Pacific May 10, 2011

    Paris: Geological monitoring services say a magnitude 7.1 earthquake had hit in the South Pacific off the French territory of New Caledonia on Tuesday. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre says there was no threat of a widespread tsunami based on historical earthquake and tsunami...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • Strong Pacific quake triggers tsunami April 2, 2007

    New Delhi: Several people are feared dead after a powerful earthquake on Monday in the South Pacific sent a tsunami wave into the Solomon Islands. The quake struck at 7:40 am local time (0210 IST) and was centred about 350 km west-northwest of Solomon capital Honiara at a depth of...
  • Strong earthquake strikes South Pacific June 16, 2007

    Suva (Fiji): A powerful earthquake struck deep under the sea floor between Fiji and Tonga on Tuesday, scientists said. There were no immediate reports of damage or tsunami warnings issued. The 6.2 magnitude quake happened shortly before 0230 hrs, IST, 407 km under the ocean floor about the same distance northwest...