Natural disaster

Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile

Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile

A magnitude-8.0 earthquake struck Tuesday evening off northern Chile, triggering a tsunami warning for the South American coast. The powerful quake's epicenter was located in the Pacific Ocean about 60 miles northwest of Iquique, Chile, and 12.5 miles deep, the United States Geological Survey reported. The quake occurred at 8:46 p.m. local time (7:46 p.m. […]

Tropical Cyclone Kofi heading to Tonga

Tropical Cyclone Kofi heading to Tonga

Tonga is bracing for another tropical cyclone after the Fua’amotu Cyclone Warning Centre issued its tropical cyclone advisory number six  at 3:00pm 1 Saturday March. Cyclone Kofi’s centre is expected to lie about 205km west-southwest  of Nomuka or 140km west of Nukualofa about midnight tonight, the Centre says. The tropical cyclone remains in force for […]

Diarrhea hits Ha'apai but 'under-controlled'

Diarrhea hits Ha'apai but 'under-controlled'

[lastupdated] Health experts are battling to prevent widespread illness after reports this week that diarrhea and skin diseases surfaced in areas of Ha’apai which were hardest hit by the Cyclone Ian. So far hospital record shows 40-50 cases reported and the health officer -in-charge of Ha'apai's Niu'ui Hospital said they need more medical supplies. Ha'apai […]

Auckland donors fill six containers

Auckland, NZ – Six containers filled with donated goods were scheduled to be on their way to Tonga next week while the Auckland community just keeps on giving. Jenny Latu Salesa, Chairwoman of the Ha’apai Relief Committee in Auckland said yesterday they were expecting three containers to be filled by tomorrow Saturday 18. But it […]

Police arrest cyclone looters

Police arrest cyclone looters

Three male teenagers from the village of Faleloa were arrested by police on Tuesday 14 for allegedly looting on January 11 the day Cyclone Ian wrecked the Ha'apai group. 'Okusitino Peleki, the Ha'apai Police Inspector said "they received a complaint on Sunday 12 January, 2014 from the owner of Matafonua Lodge,  Darren Rice after he […]