Neil Bibby
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Asia Pacific Fire, Editor

Queensland fire emergency leaves Brisbane’s air quality worse than Beijing

ABC reports; The air quality in Brisbane is currently worse than Beijing as haze from bushfires burning across Queensland and New South Wales blankets the south-east corner. According to “The World Air Quality Index” the air quality is rated as…

Fires in Australia have jumped the million hectare mark and it is not even summer yet

Thousands of firefighters are battling major fires in New South Wales and Queensland, but the worst is yet to come. Tuesday will see catastrophic fire conditions across the eastern states. It is rare that a catastrophic warning is sounded by…

World Heritage temple in Japan’s southern island of Okinawa destroyed by fire

The main hall at Shuri Castle in Okinawa was burnt to a skeleton, with firefighters spending hours trying to bring the blaze under control. A popular tourist attraction, Shuri was built more than 500 years ago as the royal castle…

Fire in Pakistan train kills 71 and injures many more

An exploding gas cylinder used for cooking has killed at least 71 people with dozens more injured on a passenger train in central Pakistan on Thursday (Oct 31), authorities said. The fire quickly spread along three carriages causing many to jump…

The Largest fire in Auckland for years leaves one person seriously injured

A large fire broke out about 1.15pm New Zealand time, grinding traffic to a halt, blanketed the Auckland CBD with smoke and injured one person. The SkyCity conference centre inferno reached the maximum “sixth alarm” – with more than 20…

Children killed in Philippines earthquake

Three children were among five people killed after a powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the southern Philippines, on Thursday (Oct 17).  The earthquake struck the Mindanao region, which makes up the southern third of the Philippines, on Wednesday night. On…

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…

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