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Port Hills fire containment hampered by drones

Helicopters combating a wildfire in Port Hills were forced to halt operations on Sunday due to a private drone flying in the area. The drone...

Port Hills fire update

The Port Hills fire has been contained within a 24km perimeter and firefighters are making strenuous efforts to strengthen containment lines before the onset...

Port Hills fire update

Firefighters, helicopters and heavy machinery will continue work to bring a fire at Christchurch’s Port Hills under control this morning. This morning 23 appliances, 15...

Scores buried following landslide in China

The large landslide took place in Zhaotong city in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan. At least 47 people have been buried. The incident occurred...

Police warn people to leave riverbed of the Waimakariri River

A large volume of water is moving down the Waimakariri River carrying logs and debris following the rainfall on the West Coast. Anyone swimming or...

Canterbury fires update – Swannanoa

Firefighting will continue until dark at the Swannanoa vegetation fire, which is burning over an estimated 12 hectares in and around the Waimakariri riverbed...

Canterbury fires update

Firefighters continue to work to extinguish two large vegetation fires in North Canterbury today. Loburn Overnight approximately 17 firefighters at Loburn monitored and dampened down hotspots...

North Canterbury fires update

Fire near Loburn in North Canterbury is about 10 hectares in size. Three homes and a church have been destroyed in the blaze. Firefighting efforts...

Japan records total of 29 earthquakes in 2 hours

A total of 29 earthquakes with a maximum magnitude of 7.6 occurred in the Japanese prefectures of Ishikawa and Niigata in two hours on...

Financial support for more homeowners displaced by extreme weather events

The Government will extend financial support to more displaced homeowners affected by the severe weather events in late 2022 and early 2023, Social Development...

Australia experiences extreme rain and flooding following Cyclone Jasper

On Sunday, the Australian state of Queensland experienced intense flooding following bouts of heavy rain produced by ex-Tropical Cyclone Jasper. The near-record rainfall has...

State of emergency declared in the Seychelles

An explosion and flooding have forced the government of the Seychelles to take measures. Seychelles President Wavel Ramkalawan has declared a state of emergency after...

Ministers visit Hawke’s Bay to grasp recovery needs

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon joined Cyclone Recovery Minister Mark Mitchell and Transport and Local Government Minister Simeon Brown, to meet leaders of cyclone and...

Europe’s biggest volcano erupts

A temporary ‘red alert’ for flights was issued after activity at Mount Etna in Italy. Europe’s tallest active volcano, Mount Etna, has erupted once again,...

Iceland declares emergency over volcanic eruption threat

An entire town in Iceland has been evacuated due to a magma tunnel lying beneath it, and the risk of a fissure opening up. Iceland...

Over 120 people killed by earthquake in Nepal

The death toll is rising after a 6.4-magnitude quake struck the Himalayan country late Friday. At least 128 people were killed and over 140 others...

Afghanistan earthquake death toll nears 2,500 – media

Due to a lack of equipment, locals and rescuers are digging with their bare hands in search of survivors and bodies, Xinhua reports. The death...

Watch: Emergency declared over New York flooding

New York City, Long Island, and the Hudson Valley have seen train lines shut down and highways flooded after overnight deluge. Sudden, heavy rain in...

Moroccan earthquake death toll reaches 1,300

Most damage occurred in the countryside, but tremors were felt in several large cities, including Rabat and Marrakesh. The death toll from the earthquake that...

296 dead after powerful earthquake strikes Morocco

The tremors were felt in several large cities, including Rabat and Marrakesh. At least 296 people were killed in the earthquake that struck Morocco on...

Auckland Boards back locally-led emergency response

Local boards in the south of the city are calling for co-ordinated emergency responses that include local input to make the most of knowledge...

People trapped in cars as flooding hits southern Germany

Heavy rain also caused power and gas supply outages in parts of Nuremberg. Heavy rain paralyzed traffic in the German city of Nuremberg on Thursday,...

Maui officials slammed over wildfire response

The island’s Emergency Management Agency was also questioned over its failure to activate warning sirens. Hawaiian authorities delayed the release of water to Maui residents...

Watch: College building collapses amid torrential rains in northern India

Dozens of people are have been reported dead as incessant downpours pound the hilly states of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Fatalities continue to mount in...

Watch: Sandstorm turns sky over Marrakesh blood red

The storm caused significant damage and left one person dead. A sandstorm swept through the Moroccan capital on Thursday, bringing businesses to a standstill and...

Watch: Death toll in Hawaii inferno rises to 53

Governor Josh Green said the island state “will continue to see loss of life” as firefighters struggle to contain wildfires. Police in the US state...

4.6 magnitude earthquake in Wellington

A Magnitude 4.6 earthquake with moderate shaking has occurred in Wellington this evening. It was felt widely throughout the region and GeoNet have received over...

Death toll from torrential rains, landslides in South Korea rises to 32 – Reports

The death toll from heavy rains and landslides in South Korea has surpassed 30, while more than ten people remain missing, the South Korean...

France hit by rare ‘very strong’ earthquake

Seismologists say Friday’s ‘quake was the biggest to affect the region in more than fifty years. Several parts of western France were shaken on Friday...

State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Napier to re-open today

Motorists are asked to take extra care as State Highway 2 between Gisborne and Napier re-opens today, following the devastation of Cyclone Gabrielle. Police are...

Get ready for heavy rain – Civil Defence

The National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) is encouraging people to get prepared as a new weather system brings significant rainfall over the next two...

Heavy rain and gales expected for upper North Island

A number of warnings and watches issued by MetService remain in place for parts of the country today and tomorrow. An active front associated with...

Magnitude 3.4 quake strikes south-east of Palmerston North

A second quake has shaken the North Island this evening. The magnitude 3.4 quake struck at 10.57pm this evening, and was centred 25km south-east of...

3.0 magnitude quake reported near Porangahau

Geonet have reported a 3.0 magnitude quake causing light shaking near Porangahau in the Hawke's Bay. The earthquake was centred 5km west of the small...

Police release Eastern District crime data following Cyclone Gabrielle

Eastern District Commander Superintendent Jeanette Park has today released data which shows crime largely returned to normal levels within a week after Cyclone Gabrielle...

Govt approves extra $25 million for cyclone-affected businesses

This follows earlier support of $50 million provided to the Hawke's Bay business community in the wake of Cyclone Gabrielle. “The priority has been to...

Tornado hits Kapiti Coast

The tornado landed earlier this morning causing damage to at least five houses. The full extent of the damage is not known at this stage. Power...

Tornado strikes suburbs in East Auckland

A tornado has caused extensive damage in Auckland's East Tamaki area this evening. Reports say roofs were lifted and trees toppled over. At 9.49pm Auckland Emergency...

Watch: Storms and tornado ‘obliterate’ Mississippi towns

At least 23 people have been killed while four are still missing, US authorities have reported. At least 23 people have died after a devastating...

Givealittle set up for cyclone isolated Dartmoor-Waihau community

Kiwis are asked to donate money to help the isolated Dartmoor-Waihau community. The area is still cut-off due to the effects of Cyclone Gabrielle. The...

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