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August 13, 2016

Vanuatu coast struck by 7.2 magnitude earthquake

Vanuatu coast struck by 7.2 magnitude earthquake

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An earthquake, focused off the south-east coast of Vanuatu, struck at 11:26 AM Australian Eastern Standard Time. According to the U.S. Geological Survey the earthquake was first measured as a 7.6 on the Richter scale of magnitude, however after initial testing it was reduced to a 7.2 with a lessened level of potential damage. The aftershock following the initial earthquake was measured at 5.4 magnitude, with no civilian casualties for either quake.

Though the quake was 10 kilometres underwater and approximately 535 kilometres off the coast of Vanuatu, the initial quake triggered the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to invoke a preliminary local tsunami warning (specifically in New Caledonia, coastal areas of Vanuatu and Fiji). The warning was withdrawn as the seismic activity lessened, and authorities were able to evaluate the damage.

The South Pacific Ocean region has experienced multiple earthquakes and seismic activity over the past year, with Vanuatu in an area known as the ‘Ring of Fire’ due to its position over fault lines circling the Pacific Basin. These fault lines influence the frequency of tectonic movement, tremors, earthquakes and volcanic activity. This earthquake was the second of its magnitude to hit the area in 2016, with a 7.0 magnitude quake hitting offshore in April. Neither earthquake caused large-scale damage or civilian casualties.



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April 29, 2016

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake affects archipelago of Vanuatu

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake affects archipelago of Vanuatu

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Friday, April 29, 2016

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During the day yesterday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.0, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was recorded in the Vanuatu islands located in the South Pacific.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of this earthquake was centered at 0.6 mile (1  km) southeast of Norsup. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) preliminarily declared a tsunami alert in the South Pacific, which was later revised by the center.

This strong quake did not leave any reported wounded or damage to homes or structures in the area. The islands of Vanuatu are part of the famous “Ring of Fire” and for this reason earthquakes occur frequently of around this magnitude; one was registered early this month with a magnitude of 6.9.



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April 28, 2016

Earthquake of 7.3 degrees affect the archipelago of Vanuatu

Earthquake of 7.3 degrees affect the archipelago of Vanuatu

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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During the day on Thursday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.0 degrees was recorded in Vanuatu islands located in the South Pacific.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of this earthquake was centered at 0.6mi (1km) SE of Norsup. The Tsunami Warning Center Pacific (PTWC) preliminarily tsunami alert was declared in the South Pacific, which was later ruled by the center.

This strong quake did not leave any wounded or damage to homes or structures in the area person. The islands of Vanuatu are part of the famous “Ring of Fire” and for this reason earthquakes occurring frequently that magnitude, it was registered last April 6 and had a magnitude of 6.9 degrees.



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August 30, 2012

Wikinews interviews Oceania Paralympic Commitee President Paul Bird

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London, England— When Wikinews interviewed Oceania Paralympic Committee (OPC) President Paul Bird, the day before the start of this year’s Summer Paralympics, he shared the idea that whilst Oceania may not be the first place one thinks of in connection with “Paralympics” or even “developing countries”, Oceania is represented at the Games in London athletes who have overcome many obstacles in order to compete.

According to Bird, two athletes from Oceania are regarded as medal prospects. One, Fijian high-jumper Iliesa Delana, missed out in Beijing due to his event being cancelled. He is currently ranked number two in the world, having won silver at the World Championships. The other is Francis Kompaon, a sprinter from Rabaul in Papua-New Guinea competing in the 100 and 200 metre sprints. These athletes qualified under the standard Paralympic processes. Other Oceania athletes are “wildcards”, selected by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to broaden the number of nations taking part. Countries do not always get their preferred choices of wildcards; for a variety of reasons, the IPC may select a less-favoured athlete. In particular, women are more likely to be chosen to address the games’ gender imbalance.

It’s not easy being an athlete, or an official, from a developing country says Bird. Often people are confronted with a host of unfamiliar situations. For example: many of the required forms are now online; officials with little technology experience have to navigate an unfamiliar landscape of browsers, buttons and passwords.

The OPC consists of eight countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands and Papua-New Guinea. Papua-New Guinea and Samoa are sending two athletes each to the London Games. Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands are sending one each.

Bird says, in attempting to promote Paralympic sport in Oceania, the region’s Paralympic Committee puts a priority on training local officials, coaches and classifiers. This helps member countries conduct their own events, without assistance from Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, the Committee organizes the Arafura Games, a regional competition.

Countries in the region are encouraged by the OPC to assemble teams, get athletes into work rankings, and plan ahead for the 2016 Paralympics to be held in Rio. Efforts are being made to strengthened ties between the region and international bodies such as the International Tennis Federation.

Bird, as head of the OPC, has been a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee since 1993. He won gold and silver medals in swimming at the 1984 Paralympics where he was the Australian Team Captain. He was the Australian Chef de Mission in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, and the Assistant Chef de Mission in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Beijing in 2008. He also currently sits on the Australian Paralympic Committee’s board.



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Wikinews interviews Oceania Paralympic Committee President Paul Bird

Wikinews interviews Oceania Paralympic Committee President Paul Bird

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London, England — When Wikinews interviewed Oceania Paralympic Committee (OPC) President Paul Bird, the day before the start of this year’s Summer Paralympics, he shared the idea that whilst Oceania may not be the first place one thinks of in connection with “Paralympics” or even “developing countries”, Oceania is represented at the Games in London by athletes who have overcome many obstacles in order to compete.

According to Bird, two athletes from Oceania are regarded as medal prospects. One, Fijian high-jumper Iliesa Delana, missed out in Beijing due to his event being cancelled. He is currently ranked number two in the world, having won silver at the World Championships. The other is Francis Kompaon, a sprinter from Rabaul in Papua-New Guinea competing in the 100 and 200 metre sprints. These athletes qualified under the standard Paralympic processes. Other Oceania athletes are “wildcards”, selected by the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) to broaden the number of nations taking part. Countries do not always get their preferred choices of wildcards; for a variety of reasons, the IPC may select a less-favoured athlete. In particular, women are more likely to be chosen to address the games’ gender imbalance.

It’s not easy being an athlete, or an official, from a developing country says Bird. Often people are confronted with a host of unfamiliar situations. For example: many of the required forms are now online; officials with little technology experience have to navigate an unfamiliar landscape of browsers, buttons and passwords.

The OPC consists of eight countries: Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and Papua-New Guinea. Papua-New Guinea and Samoa are sending two athletes each to the London Games. Fiji, Tonga, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands are sending one each.

Bird says, in attempting to promote Paralympic sport in Oceania, the region’s Paralympic Committee puts a priority on training local officials, coaches and classifiers. This helps member countries conduct their own events, without assistance from Australia and New Zealand. Additionally, the Committee organizes the Arafura Games, a regional competition.

Countries in the region are encouraged by the OPC to assemble teams, get athletes into work rankings, and plan ahead for the 2016 Paralympics to be held in Rio. Efforts are being made to strengthened ties between the region and international bodies such as the International Tennis Federation.

Bird, as head of the OPC, has been a member of the Australian Paralympic Committee since 1993. He won gold and silver medals in swimming at the 1984 Paralympics where he was the Australian Team Captain. He was the Australian Chef de Mission in Sydney in 2000 and Athens in 2004, and the Assistant Chef de Mission in Barcelona in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, and Beijing in 2008. He also currently sits on the Australian Paralympic Committee’s board.



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August 29, 2012

Vanuatu sends lone Paralympian to London

Vanuatu sends lone Paralympian to London

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

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London, England — When Marcel Houssimoli enters London’s Olympic Stadium tonight, he will be the only competitor from Vanuatu to represent his country at the 2012 Summer Paralympics.

The 2012 Games will be only the third time that Vanuatu has sent a team, with George Kalkaua and Mary Mali Ramel representing the country at the 2000 Summer Paralympics, competing in the javelin, and Tom Tete representing the country at the 2008 Summer Paralympics in powerlifting.

The Espiritu Santo based Houssimoli will compete in the men’s T37 classification running in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. Athletics at the 2012 Summer Paralympics start on Thursday.

Just getting from his home to London required a lot as he flew from Santo to the capital of Port Vila, flew to Brisbane, caught another flight to Singapore before finally getting a plane to London.



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June 5, 2011

Vanuatu denies announcing recognition of Abkhazia

Vanuatu denies announcing recognition of Abkhazia

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Only four other countries recognise Abkhazia

Vanuatu, a small island nation in the Pacific, has denied recognizing Abkhazia as an independent nation. The announcement comes only days after it was reported that Vanuatu had signed an agreement to recognise Abkhazia.

Abkhazia has been fighting to break away and gain independence from Georgia. So far only Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and another tiny island state, Nauru, have announced the recognition of Abkhazia.

The permanent representative to the United Nations for Vanuatu, Donald Kalpokas, released a statement saying “I have asked my capital whether this is true and they have denied it emphatically. We don’t know who is responsible for declaring that this is true. As far as we are concerned we are dealing with Georgia, not Abkhazia,” and “It is defamation for our country. This is disrespect”.

Officals from Abkhazia maintain Vanuatu recognized the nation, saying Kalpokas may have not heard the news. Maxim Gvindzhia, Abkhazian foreign minister, said negotiations started with the Premier of Vanuatu three months ago and on May 23rd the Prime Ministers of each nation signed a document that was transported via air freight between the two nations.

Deputy Foriegn Minister of Georgia Sergi Kapanadze has also denied seeing any document relating to the recognition. He said “The only way we can check to see if it is correct is to ask the representatives of Vanuatu if it is correct or not. For us that contact is the ambassador of Vanautu to the United Nations.”



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December 2, 2010

Prime Minister of Vanuatu ousted in vote of no confidence

Prime Minister of Vanuatu ousted in vote of no confidence

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Natapei had previously lost his seat due to a paperwork error in 2009

The prime minister of Vanuatu has lost his seat after a motion of no confidence. Edward Natapei was ousted after the vote, passed at 30 votes to 15, took place in parliament. Natapei was out of the country at the time of the vote, attending a climate change summit in Cancun, Mexico.

The vote took place after several members of parliament became unhappy with Natapei’s decisions. He had tried to suspend five members of parliament from the house. There was also concern about his support for Frank Bainimarama, the military leader of Fiji. Natapei supported Bainimarama when he took over as leader of the Melanesian Spearhead Group, the trade group of the South Pacific.

This is not the first time that Natapei has lost his seat. In 2009, he lost his post when he failed to notify parliament that he left the country. He was on an official visit to Trinidad and Tobago at the time. Natapei took the post of prime minister in 2008. Sato Kilman, the deputy prime minister until the motion was passed, has been sworn in as Natapei’s replacement.



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May 27, 2010

Vanuatu hit by 7.2 magnitude earthquake

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

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has been hit by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake at 04:14 local time on Friday (17:14 UTC on Thursday). The epicenter was located 215 kilometers to the northwest of Luganville, Espíritu Santo, Vanuatu; 340 kilometers to the southeast of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands; 485 kilometers to the northwest of Port-Vila, Vanuatu; and 2,070 kilometers to the northeast of Brisbane, Australia.

The earthquake had a depth of 36.1 kilometers, approximately 22.4 miles. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. They said on the report: “It is not known that a tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation. An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours.” The Vanuatu government Meteorological Office reported infrastructure cracks, and power outages, but does not foresee major damage. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, CNN reported. USGS initially reported the earthquake as 7.6, but they later downgraded it. Magnitude 5.7, 5.2 and 6.4 aftershocks were reported later by USGS.

The tsunami warning was cancelled an hour after it was issued. Geophysicist Barry Hershorn said to The Huffington Post that they had confirmed there was no tsunami from ocean buoys and from coastal sea level gauges in Vanuatu. The Vanuatu goverment said they were pleased the tsunami alert had been canceled. “We haven’t received any reports yet about earthquake damage,” said Salesa Kaniaha, Meteorological Office acting director of Vanuatu. “The very close proximity [of the epicenter] to Espíritu Santo [the closest island] meant there was nothing much we could do to alert residents to any danger,” he added.

Vanuatu is an insular country located in southern Pacific Ocean, located 1,750 kilometers to the east of Australia.


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Vanuatu hit by 5.2 magnitude earthquake

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

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has been hit by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake at 04:14 local time on Friday (17:14 UTC on Thursday). The epicenter was located 215 kilometers to the northwest of Luganville, Espíritu Santo, Vanuatu; 340 kilometers to the southeast of Lata, Santa Cruz Islands, Solomon Islands; 485 kilometers to the northwest of Port-Vila, Vanuatu; and 2,070 kilometers to the northeast of Brisbane, Australia.

The earthquake had a depth of 36.1 kilometers, approximately 22.4 miles. NOAA Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a tsunami warning for Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. They said on the report: “It is not known that a tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on the earthquake evaluation. An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines in the region near the epicenter within minutes to hours.” The Vanuatu government Meteorological Office reported infrastructure cracks, and power outages, but does not foresee major damage. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, CNN reported. USGS initially reported the earthquake as 7.6, later as 7.2, but they later downgraded it.

Vanuatu is an insular country located in southern Pacific Ocean, located 1,750 kilometers to the east of Australia.

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  • Magnitude 5.2 – VANUATU” – USGS, May 27, 2010
  • “NOAA Tsunami Warning” – NOAA, May 27, 2010
  • “Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Vanuatu” – CNN, May 27, 2010
  • Reuters “Powerful 7.3 earthquake rattles Vanuatu” – AlertNet, May 27, 2010
  • “Un terremoto de 7,6 grados frente a Vanuatu activa la alerta de tsunami en el Pacífico” – Europa Press, May 27, 2010 ((Spanish))
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