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Hundreds evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

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At least 600 residents on a tiny island off Papua New Guinea have been evacuated after a volcano previously believed to be dormant erupted

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 7, 2018) — Some 600 residents on a tiny island off Papua New Guinea have been evacuated after a volcano previously believed to be dormant erupted and spewed a “continuous plume” of ash, officials and reports said Sunday, January 7. Continue reading Hundreds evacuated as Papua New Guinea volcano erupts

Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

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A tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled

SYDNEY, Australia (Jan. 22, 2017) — A major 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea Sunday, January 22, but a tsunami alert initially issued for the Pacific island nation and its neighbors was later cancelled. Continue reading Magnitude 7.9 quake shakes PNG, prompting tsunami alert

Refugee sets herself alight at Australia’s Nauru camp

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A man carries a placard during a candle light-vigil for an Iranian refugee, who died after setting himself on fire, in Sydney on April 30, 2016. Saeed Khan/AFP

Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the incident happened May 2, and the behavior of those detained on the small island – where Australia sends asylum-seekers arriving by boat – was intensifying

CANBERRA, Australia (May 3, 2016) — A refugee who set herself on fire on the Pacific island of Nauru after being sent there by Australia was in a critical condition Tuesday, May 3, just days after an Iranian man died in a similar act of self-harm. Continue reading Refugee sets herself alight at Australia’s Nauru camp

New species of turtle found in Papua New Guinea

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An undated handout photo released on February 16, 2016, shows a new species of freshwater turtle discovered in Papua New Guinea, researchers from the University of Canberra said. Exxonmobil PNG/Handout/AFP
The new species of freshwater turtle is one of a group which would have been present for the full geological formation of its main Pacific island, researchers say

SYDNEY, Australia (Feb. 17, 2016) — A new species of freshwater turtle has been discovered in Papua New Guinea, one of a group which would have been present for the full geological formation of its main Pacific island, researchers said.

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