Australia landslide kills two British tourists

A landslide struck a British family on holiday in Sydney, killing the father and his nine-year-old son while critically injuring the mother and another son, Australian police said on Tuesday, 5 April. The family of five was caught by the…

Strong winds and huge seas batter Australia’s south-east even as rains ease

Torrential rain that flooded towns on Australia’s east coast eased on Friday (1 April), but a combination of two intense weather systems generated wild winds and huge waves at several tourist spots including Sydney’s northern beaches. Water levels are gradually…

Fire destroys historic warehouses, but firefighters save petrochemical plant

Fire and Rescue NSW firefighters battled a 10th Alarm Warehouse Fire in the middle of major storms and a widespread flooding emergency in Newcastle, NSW, on Tuesday, 1 March. With a petrochemical plant under threat, more than 100 firefighters worked…

Why are there more earthquakes in Western Australia than the rest of the country?

Hundreds of people were rattled by a 4.7-magnitude earthquake in WA’s Great Southern at the start of 2022. The earthquake occurred near Wagin and was the biggest of more than 100 recorded in that region so far this year. Earthquakes…

Australia and New Zealand sending surveillance flights and aid to assess damage from Tonga volcano eruption

The toll from the eruption of a huge undersea volcano in Tonga remains unclear with Australia and New Zealand sending surveillance flights to assess the damage. The eruption of the Hunga Tonga Hunga Ha’apai volcano on Saturday prompted tsunami warnings…

Cooper Pedy mine rescue, in the Australian Opal fields

In Australia’s opal capital, Andy Shiels goes underground searching for something much more precious than an opal. For 40 years, he has gone looking to save lives underground. ‘Back in the 70s and 80s, it was very wild around here…

Shell’s giant LNG ship the $24b Prelude shut down after fire

A fire late at night on 2 December on Shell’s Prelude floating LNG vessel off the Kimberley coast caused production at the $24 billion giant to be shut down and left the crew using backup power. A small fire was…

Climate change overwhelming factor in fuelling Australian bush fires

Climate change has been found to be an overwhelming factor in the increase of Australian bush fires in both frequency and intensity, according to a landmark report from the country’s national science agency. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation…

Bushfire conditions threaten across Australia’s Northern Territory

Northern Territory fire crews have been working to contain a bushfire burning at Lake Bennett and total fire bans are in place in parts of the Top End. The fire on Marrakai Road, about 85km south of Darwin, was upgraded…

First fire, then Covid-19 and now floods for eastern Australia

In Sydney alone 3,000 people have been evacuated in the area worst hit by flooding, and there are fears up 54,000 more could be affected. Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud warned of a ‘potentially very dangerous situation’ in the worst-hit…

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Mangga delivers wild weather across Southern Western Australia

A massive storm is wreaking havoc on southern coastal parts of Western Australia, including Perth, with thousands of homes without power, trees down and reports of widespread property damage. The State Emergency Service has responded to hundreds of callouts for…

We cannot guarantee your safety

With hundreds of fires burning up the east coast of Australia, fire authorities are telling communities that they cannot be safe if they do not follow fire agency advice. If you are given the advice to leave, leave immediately as…

Australian fires grow as the weather turns catastrophic

Coming to the close of 2019 there is no let-up for Australian firefighters. In truth, things are getting more dangerous as the fires spread across all Australian states. The New South Wales fire is now as large as the UK…

The end of the Australian fire season is not in sight

Forecasters are predicting a long hot summer for all Australian fire services. Already ravaged by bushfires and drought, Australia is about to enter its hottest season amid forecasts that bring more concern. The Bureau of Meteorology, released its outlook on Thursday,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Firefighters in Hastings New Zealand Tackle Fire at Hawke’s Bay Opera House

Firefighters have extinguished a blaze at Hasting’s Hawke’s Bay Opera House. Hastings is on the east side of the North Island and boasts one of the oldest and innovative concert venues in New Zealand.  The Art Nouveau building was opened in 1915…

Early Fire Season a Worry for Australian Firefighters

Aug 20th, Australia is still in winter, however, a long dry spell which has seen most of the east coast of Australia in drought has made for an early start to the fire season, the state of New South Wales…

Queens Birthday honours awarded to NZ and Australian firefighters

This Queens birthday saw four New Zealanders and twenty-nine Australian fire service personnel honoured for their service to the community. Of special note is the awarding of Ex-commissioner Greg Mullens with an Officer of the order of Australia, the second…

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