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Townsville Floods Get More Dangerous by the Hour

ABC News reports that the floods in northern Queensland have not reached their peak with more monsoon-like storms still to come. Up to 20,000 homes could be flooded in the coming days if the rain continues to fall in north…

Cladding Responsible for Fire Spread in Melbourne High Rise Fire?

This morning (4th February 2019) firefighters in Melbourne Australia have worked tirelessly to bring a high-rise fire under control. The fire, in a building within the central business district on Spencer Street, Melbourne, started on the 16th floor of the building. Eyewitnesses describe…

Australian Fire Service Medal (AFSM)

Asia Pacific Fire Congratulates to the 29 members of the Australian fire service on being awarded the AFSM in this year’s Australian day honours. Below is an extract of the citation.   The Australian Fire service medal was established on…

In Australia, Tasmania Faces Continuous Fire Across the State

While the north of Australia is being flooded the Southern Island of Tasmania is raked with numerous fires across the state. As of 28 January, six emergency warnings are still in place for towns in the way of fires and…

Afghanistan Gold Mine Disaster Kills 40

At least 40 workers died, and ten others were injured when a gold mine caved in the Northern Badakhshan province on Sunday. Badakhshan is prone to landslides, particularly in the colder months when heavy snow blankets the province. Villagers dug…

Another Rebirth as Cyclone Penny Looks Set to Make it’s Third Visit

Cyclone Penny is currently sitting off the northeast coast of Australia near Cooktown as a tropical low but, could reform into a cyclone as it approaches land. This will be the third time the storm has reformed as it crosses…

Six Die in Malaysia Fireworks Explosion

A fire that broke out in a two-story shop/house in Malaysia on Tuesday (11th Dec.) killed six people, was caused by a fireworks explosion, according to local authorities. The shop was located in an industrial area known as Puncak Jelapang Maju in Ipoh.…

Restaurant Explosion and Fire in Japan’s Hokkaido Region Injures 42

Images from the scene showed large flames and plumes of smoke rising in the night air after the blast in the city of Sapporo. The explosion at a restaurant in northern Japan injured 42 people late Sunday (16th Dec), police said,…

Rare Tornado Leaves Trail of Destruction in the Indonesian City of Bogor, West Java 

A tornado hit the Indonesian city of Bogor in West Java on Thursday afternoon (Dec 6), claiming one life and leaving a trail of wreckage, according to local media reports. The incident, which took place at about 3 pm local time, killed…

7.5 Magnitude Earthquake near New Caledonia Triggers Tsunami Warning

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of New Caledonia on Wednesday (Dec 5), triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across the South Pacific, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries. The quake, followed by…

One Killed, Two Injured in South Korea Firefighting Helicopter Crash

Channel News Asia has reported that a South Korean firefighting helicopter crashed into a river in Seoul on Saturday (Dec 1), killing one and injuring two others on board, rescue authorities said. The chopper was hovering over the Han River…

If 110 Fires are Not Enough, Queensland Firefighters Could See More Heat, Dry Lightning and Potential Tropical Cyclone to add to State’s Problems

This report from ABC News says Sunday will be a day of vigilance for fire-ravaged parts of Queensland, amid the threat of blazes caused by lightning and the possibility of a tropical cyclone brewing in the northern Coral Sea. Severe…

Fire and Floods brings Devastation to Australian East Coast

While Queensland firefighters fight 140 fires, many of which are threatening towns in central and northern Queensland, an east coast low is dumping record amounts of rain on central New South Wales. Fires Hundreds of firefighters are fighting fires in…

Fire Disrupts University in Fiji Capital

The University of the South Pacific in the Fiji capital of Suva suffered a serious fire within the Laucala campus communications centre. Responding Firefighters were committed to tackle the blaze but such was the intensity that much of the three-storey…

Unseasonal Conditions See Bushfires in Queensland

In a period that is usually devoid of large fires, homes in Queensland, Australia are at risk from a bushfire with a  50km forefront. A number of homes in affected areas have been evacuated displacing residents who have been moved…

Initial figures Indicate 45 Dead and Thousands Homeless as Cyclone Gaja Hits India

Cyclone Gaja, which made landfall in Nagapattinam state in Southeast India on November 16 and has claimed 45 lives across the state. Cyclone Gaja, which packed winds of up to 120km/h, had barrelled into Tamil Nadu state after hitting the…

Fifteen killed as truck hits 31-car line-up in China

Last week, an out-of-control truck ploughed into 31 cars in northwest China killing 15 people and injuring 44, said authorities in the city of Lanzhou. The traffic accident was at Lanzhou south toll station of Lanzhou-Haikou expressway in northwest China’s Gansu…

Hong Kong Fire Service’s Lycra-Clad Mascot Causes a Stir

A story by Sherie Ryder, BBC UGC and Social News Stuart Lau, BBC Monitoring has focused on a new innovation by the Hong Kong Fire Service Department. In Hong Kong ‘Anyone’ happens to be a character created for the Hong…

Water Rescues Despite Flood Warning on Hawaii Island

Around 5 p.m. on Saturday the 3rd November, forecasters said radar indicated heavy rain and thunderstorms upslope of Pololu and Waipio Valleys, Hawaii. Rainfall rates of up to three inches per hour were observed and Kawainui Stream reached a height…

Asia/Pacific is the Most Disaster-Prone Region says Red Cross Report

A Red Cross report has found natural disasters affected more than two billion people around the world over the past decade. Australia and the greater Asia-Pacific was the most disaster-prone region in the world last year, according to the latest report.…

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano is the Most Active Volcano in the United States

The latest US geological survey update, released on the 24th October is an update on the 2005 report and looks at the risk of a volcano erupting with five ratings form very low to very high.  Kilauea was given an overall…

Indonesian Lion Air plane crashes 13 min after take-off

An early Lion Air flight out of Jakarta on Monday (29th Oct) lost contact with control 13 minutes after take-off. The plan a Boeing 737-800 is capable of carrying 210 passengers. It was not clear how many people were on board “It…

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