Twin Philippine earthquakes kill eight people last Saturday

Eight people were killed and around 60 injured when twin earthquakes of magnitude 5.4 and 5.9 struck islands in the northern Philippines early Saturday (Jul 27) while many were still asleep. The first pre-dawn quake caused five of the casualties,…

When the road is not an option

Help! Flood, landslides or earthquakes destroyed our road. Emergency services need to get through with their appliances to extinguish a fire, to pump potable water, to pump out a dam or to de-water a flooded area or critical assets. That…

Assistance across borders

The Asia Pacific Fire Magazine covers the most disaster prone area in the world, we have it all; wildfires, industrial fires, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, mudslides, hazardous material, volcanos and terrorism, not much left to worry about. Many of these…

A week of Earthquakes in the Asia Pacific region

This week has seen three earthquakes in the region. The first occurring on the 8th Feb off PNG near the Solomon Islands, its epicentre was 94 kilometres southwest of Bougainville and it measured a 6.8 magnitude. Although no tsunami warning was…

Risk Reduction Gulf: The two sides of Earthquake Disasters

With the tragedy that played out after Nepal’s earthquakes this year, there were stories of heroism. There were also stories of people who could have taken proper precautions to save themselves and their loved ones. A larger story is a…

Significant Earthquakes in Port Vila Region

The Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department in Port Vila yesterday afternoon noted two significant earthquakes in the region this week. A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck at 02.47 pm – 84km NNE of Port-Vila, Vanuatu on Friday the 23rd January followed…

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