Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Rescue efforts continue in Japan as Typhoon Hagibis batters the country with at least ten people confirmed dead

If Typhoon Hagibis was a massive challenge the Japanese emergency services, not many have realized that a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the east of Tokyo on Saturday (Oct 12) at about 6.22pm local time, according to the country’s meteorological agency. …

20 hikers rescued from Indonesia’s Mount Raung after wildfires

On Saturday (Oct 5) seven Singaporeans and 13 other climbers were rescued from Mount Raung in Indonesia after they were trapped overnight by wildfires. The hikers became trapped after wildfires broke out in the area around 6pm Indonesia time on…

The rise of Asia in the fire market

Exports from China rose 3.3 percent from a year earlier to USD 221.5 billion in July 2019, defying market expectations of a 2 percent drop and following a 1.3 percent decline in June. This was the fastest yearly growth in…

Australian eastern states fight catastrophic, early fire season

Fire fighters are fighting over 100 fires across New South Wales and Queensland in what can only be described as extraordinary fire conditions. To have so many fires this early in the season and some of catastrophic intensity doesn’t bode…

Taiwan struck by a deadly earthquake just before typhoon hits

Taiwan was preparing for typhoon Lekima when a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit on Thursday (Aug 8) killing one woman and caused temporary power outages that affected more than 10,000 homes, authorities said. The quake struck at 5.28am at a depth of 10km…

Super Typhoon Lekima wreaks havoc in Japan Taiwan and China

China is hit by Lekima after the super typhoon, the ninth typhoon for the year, causes significant damage in Japan and Taiwan. In China 33 people have been killed. On Friday, Typhoon Lekima battered southern Japan and Taiwan, killing one…

Mount Everest rescue pilot risks her own life to save adventurers from Nepal’s perilous peaks

Nepal’s only female helicopter rescue pilot, Priya Adhikari, says she has seen enough death and destruction on the mountains to rid her of any desire to climb them. “I don’t climb, I land,” she laughs. Flying is a male-dominated profession,…

5,300 + acres burned Hawaii blaze

A wildfire last Friday on Maui has burned more than 5,300 acres and is now about 80% contained, the Hawaii County Fire Department said. Rain associated with Tropical Storm Erick helped prevent the spread of flames. Firefighters were working to…

Two locals killed and foreign athletes among injured in South Korea balcony collapse

An upper floor of a nightclub collapsed on top of dancing revelers in South Korea, killing two South Koreans and injuring several foreign water polo athletes competing at the World Aquatics Championships. South Korean news agency Yonhap said authorities had…

Sisters killed in Malaysia fire while parents were out delivering food to firefighters

CNA Reports, that two sisters died in a pre-dawn fire on Sunday (Jul 14) when their parents were out delivering food to firefighters who were battling a separate blaze.  Nur Salsabila Mohd Fakrul Khair, 16, and her sister Nur Ain Sumayyah, 13, were alone…

Firefighters rescue a turtle stuck in Malaysia rubbish trap

The Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department on Tuesday (Jul 16) rescued a 150kg turtle from a rubbish trap in the coastal city of Port Dickson. The sea creature had become stuck in a trap at the Tuanku Jaafar Power Station.…

Fire last Thursday in a Japanese animation studio kills 33, arson is suspected

Last Thursday, dozens were injured and 33 killed when a suspected arson attack on an animation production company in Japan man reportedly doused the building with a flammable liquid and shouted, “drop dead.” or “die” The fire gutted the three-storey building in…

Are you looking after your mental health?

It’s easy to recognise and understand physical health problems when it’s for example a broken leg, food poisoning, or cancer. It’s easy to assist someone when there are physical symptoms to deal with. Unlike physical problems, which we have been…

At least 30 people including children were killed in a fire that swept through a makeshift match factory

Two people have been identified as suspects by authorities investigating a deadly fire at an Indonesian lighter factory near the North Sumatra’s capital Medan. The fire killed 30 people last Friday, including several children, a police chief said Saturday. The…

At least 19 students die in India fire

INDIA , AFP reports that at least 19 students – most of them female – died on Friday (May 24) in a fire at an Indian building housing a college, in the Sarthana area of Surat, officials said, as images…

As Cyclone Fani hits land with winds gusting up to 205 kph India evacuates 1.2 million people

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-05-03/india-mass-evacuation-ahead-of-cyclone/11076520 Tropical Cyclone Fani has barrelled into eastern India, killing at least nine people. The storm has reportedly killed at least eight people in India and one person in Bangladesh — some hit by flying trees and lumps of concrete…

Hanoi Workshop Blaze Leaves Seven Confirmed Dead

At least seven people were killed in Hanoi on Friday (Apr 12) after a deadly fire engulfed several manufacturing workshops and warehouses, state media reported. The overnight fire engulfed small plants making recycling bins and silica gel sachets as well…

Fire at Bangkok’s Central World Complex Shopping Mall Leaves at Least Two Dead and a Further 16 Injured

At least two people died and 16 were injured when a fire broke out at Bangkok’s biggest shopping centre, forcing some people to jump from the burning building, last Wednesday. The Central World Complex, which includes a shopping mall, offices,…

South Korea Declares National Disaster as Winds Fan Giant Wildfire

A massive wildfire swept across South Korea on Friday 5 April, leading authorities to declare a rare national disaster and the  deployment of  900 fire engines and tens of thousands of personnel to bring it under control. The blaze broke…

Chiang Mai Firefighters Continued Efforts to Extinguish Air Polluting Forest Fires

An article by Pichayada Promchertchoo of CNA captures one of the hardest firefighting jobs in the world. In the forests of Samoeng, Thailand, for nearly two months, the firefighters have been on the front line of the ongoing battle against…

Climate change is now a key strategic issue for Boards

Natural event risks are normally handled by management. These are the usual short-term incidents like fire, flood and storm, most of the time well within the normal run of the mill events that take up two minutes in the nightly…

New Zealand Bridge Washed Away During a Severe Storm

The Waiho bridge over a river in New Zealand’s South Island has been washed away in a severe rainstorm, prompting the authorities to declare a state of emergency. The storm battered the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island, forcing…

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