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Helicopter catches returning rocket booster over the Pacific as it fell back to Earth after launch

The US-New Zealand Rocket Lab company has taken a big step forward in its quest to re-use its launch vehicles by catching one as it fell back to Earth. A helicopter grabbed the booster in mid-air as it parachuted back towards the Pacific Ocean after a mission to orbit 34 satellites. The pilots weren’t entirely […]

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6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of Tonga days after devastating volcanic eruption and tsunami

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Tonga almost two weeks after the Pacific kingdom was devastated by a volcanic eruption and tsunami. The epicentre was located 219km northwest of Pangai, a town on the remote island of Lifuka, at a depth of 14.5km, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS) […]

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New Zealand warns Tonga of further eruptions and tsunamis

A massive volcanic eruption and tsunami near Tonga caused “an unprecedented disaster,” the Pacific nation’s leader said Tuesday, as New Zealand warned of further eruptions that may complicate the delivery of aid to remote islands where communications are down. In its first official update since Saturday’s eruption of the underwater Hunga-Tonga-Hunga-Ha’apai volcano, Tonga’s government on […]

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Submerged Chinese submarine spotted sailing near Japan’s territorial waters

Japan’s defence ministry said on Sunday that a submarine believed to be from China was spotted in waters near its southern islands, as maritime tensions persist in the Pacific. Japan’s navy on Friday morning identified a submerged vessel sailing northwest just outside territorial waters near Amami Oshima island, part of Kagoshima prefecture, the ministry said […]

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7.7 magnitude earthquake undersea triggers brief tsunami warning in South Pacific

A powerful 7.7 magnitude earthquake struck undersea in the South Pacific on Thursday triggering tsunami warnings in the region that were later cancelled, no reports of damage were reported. The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the quake’s epicentre was 417 km east of Tadine, a town in the French territory of New Caledonia, and […]

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Ghost boat with nearly 650kg of cocaine washes up on remote Pacific island

Police in the Marshall Islands have found precious cargo, drugs in an  abandoned boat that washed up ashore. The vessel drifted across the Pacific Ocean from Latin America, spending probably months in the rough seas. Authorities found 649 kilogram of cocaine that’s estimated to have a street value of USD $80 million. Police said the […]

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15 Asia-Pacific nations form world’s largest free trade bloc backed by China

15 Asia-Pacific nations formed the world’s largest free trade bloc on Sunday, a China-backed deal that excludes the United States, which had left a rival Asia-Pacific grouping under President Donald Trump. The signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at a regional summit in Hanoi, is a further blow to the group pushed by […]