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…

Update – 12 days on and the toll increases to 1760 dead and 5000 missing in Indonesia

The death toll from the 28th September 7.5 magnitude earthquake that spawned a tsunami in Indonesia has risen to 1763, with 5000 believed buried in deep mud and under the debris of collapsed buildings and homes. Local rescuers were continuing…

Will Australia have to cope with a tsunami?

Australians has a number of homegrown natural hazards, from bushfires in summer to storms in winter, cyclones up north and flooding along our rivers. But it doesn’t often stop to consider the threat posed by tsunamis. The vast majority of…

When Social media gets it wrong, “the tsunami warning that was not a warning”

The SES maps which cover the entire NSW coast, highlight in red the areas where residents would – in the one-in-10,000-year chance of a serious tsunami – be required to seek shelter and move to higher ground of at least…

Huge quake strikes off Indonesia but tsunami warnings cancelled

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) – A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded…

E2S Warning Signals provide the critical final link for the Philippines’ tsunami warning system

The 26 December 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami killed 230,000 people in 14 countries, and swamped coastal communities with waves up to 30 metres high. Following this tragic event, the UN set up the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning System, and although…

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