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20 September 2017 1:59 AM Moderate quake strikes New Zealand

Wellington, Sep 20 (IANS) A 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck a few hundred kilometres off the southern coast of New Zealand on Wednesday, the country's seismic service said. According to Geonet, the quake hit at 1.43 p.m., 585 km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12 km. It caused moderate tremors, Xinhua news agency reported. It was initially classified

20 September 2017 1:59 AM Magnitude 5.8 quake shakes lower South Island

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has struck south-west of Invercargill this afternoon. It struck 585km south-west of Invercargill at a depth of 12km. Residents in Balclutha, Gore, Invercargill, Lumsden, Roxburgh, Te Anau and Tuatapere have reported that they felt shaking, according to GeoNet. It was initially classified as a strong quake, but has since been classified

19 September 2017 10:30 PM Factory shed on fire near Haast

A fish factory shed in a remote area of the West Coast near Haast is on fire. Fire and Emergency New Zealand senior communicator Daryl Ball said they received the call just before 9am to attend a 80m by 30m shed on fire at Neils Beach. Three helicopters with monsoon buckets and fire crews from Haast are at the scene and fire crews from Fox Glacier and Franz

19 September 2017 9:00 PM Body of fisherman found on West Coast

The Police National Dive Squad has recovered a body near the wreckage of fishing vessel Wendy J on the West Coast. The body was found on Tuesday afternoon and has yet to formally identified, say police, although the man is believed to be one of two who went missing last week. "A search of other areas of interest around the bay has failed to locate the second 1

19 September 2017 4:01 PM Water to decide the battle for Tukituki

Hawke’s Bay has a reputation for stunning syrahs and delicious fruit. But, perhaps more than any other region, the use of water has been fiercely debated, leaving residents on both sides bitter. Shane Cowlishaw reports as a new row erupts just days before the election. Lined up in a muddy park in Clive, hundreds of tractors sit in perfect, uniform rows. There 1

19 September 2017 11:41 AM Monster Hurricane Maria is back to Category 5 and barreling towards the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

Hurricane Maria smashed into Dominica with catastrophic winds, leaving what one official described Tuesday as 'widespread devastation' from the monster storm now threatening Caribbean islands already ravaged by Hurricane Irma. Its winds reached sustained maximum speeds of 160mph as it plowed into the tiny country - and forecasters warned it might become 1

19 September 2017 9:43 AM Hurricane Maria, merciless, clobbers Dominica, eyes Puerto Rico

ROSEAU, Dominica -- Hurricane Maria swept over the small island of Dominica with catastrophic winds overnight, starting a charge into the eastern Caribbean that threatens islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma and holding the possibility of a direct hit on Puerto Rico. Fierce winds and driving rain lashed mountainous Dominica for hours as Maria 2

19 September 2017 9:15 AM Myanmar's Suu Kyi condemns abuses in Rakhine, but rights groups critical

NAYPYITAW (Reuters) - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi condemned on Tuesday human rights violations in Rakhine state and said violators would be brought to book, but she did not address U.N. accusations of a campaign of ethnic cleansing by the military. The Nobel Peace laureate’s remarks came in her first address to the nation since attacks by Rohingya 1

19 September 2017 1:23 AM Scoop Business » MBIE: Wiri terminal wouldn’t have avoided pipeline woes

Sept. 19 (BusinessDesk) – The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment says an alternative to the Wiri oil terminal was too expensive and wouldn’t have avoided the recent pipeline leak disrupting air services in Auckland because the leak was too close to the refinery. The pipeline between the Marsden Point refinery and petrol company-owned Wiri storage 2

18 September 2017 11:01 PM Shipwrecked skipper tells of chaos before sinking

A man who survived two days on the rugged West Coast, has described chaotic scenes on the fishing boat before he was forced to abandon it. The search is continuing for two unaccounted crew members Jay Cairney and Kieran Lynch, missing after the Gremouth based fishing boat Wendy J struck trouble in heavy seas on Thursday night. Westfleet General Manager 2