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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

Flights cancelled as powerful cyclone bears down on Fiji

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CANCELLED FLIGHTS. Fiji cancels flights and warns residents to prepare for the effects of severe tropical cyclone Winston. Rappler file photo
One resident describes severe tropical cyclone Winston as “a monster cyclone,” and “the strongest” Fiji has ever experienced

SUVA, Fiji (Feb. 20, 2016) — Fiji warned residents to brace for an onslaught Saturday as a category five super-storm bears down on the Pacific island nation, with international flights cancelled and evacuation centers activated.

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These island nations could be underwater in as little as 50 years

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Residents of Port Vila, Vanuatu, seen amid debris. Reuters
Climate change may still seem far off for some, but for the people of the island nations of Fiji, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu, and the Marshall Islands, it is already a disturbing reality.

January 1, 2015 —In recent years, cyclones, droughts, and other natural disasters have become commonplace for these Pacific island nations, as well as several other nations. If sea levels continue to rise at their current rates, some of the islands will be fully submerged within just a few decades, according to a UN report released at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris in early December.

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