June 19, 2018

Hypersonic test plane disappears over the Pacific

The Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle (HTV-2) has disappeared while flying over the Pacific Ocean today. US military scientists launched the hypersonic aircraft from California aboard a Minotaur IV rocket. The Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) says the unmanned test was … [Read more...]

Pacific hurricane Dora upgraded to category 4

Pacific hurricane Dora has strengthened to a Category 4 storm on Wednesday with maximum sustained winds of 135 mph. The National Hurricane Center says heavy swells are expected along Mexico's Pacific coast."These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions," the … [Read more...]

7.6 Earthquake in Pacific puts New Zealand on tsunami alert

A powerful 7.6 magnitude earthquake near the Kermadec Islands in the Pacific Ocean has put New Zealand on tsunami alert. The estimated height of a tsunami from this quake is only around a metre and is due to hit the North Island of New Zealand this morning. New Zealand Civil Defence said it … [Read more...]

Japan finds massive rare earth deposits on ocean floor

Japanese researchers claim to have discovered massive deposits of rare earth minerals, on the Pacific Ocean floor. Rare earth minerals are used in the manufacture of many hi-tech appliances. Currently China produces 97 percent of the world's rare earth metals. The team of geologists led by … [Read more...]

NASA chooses manned deep-space ship design

Nasa has confirmed that it will use a space vehicle based on the Orion capsule design to send astronauts on deep space missions. The Orion was ship being built to restart America moon missions. The project was cancelled by President Obama last year, but NASA says that the financial investment in … [Read more...]

William and Kate ‘split’ on royal wedding stamp

The leader of the Pacific nation of Niue has defended stamps issued there to mark Britain's royal wedding between Prince William and Kate Middleton. The stamps have a perforated line that splits the happy smiling couple in two. Prince William's stamp is NZ$3.40 and Kate Middleton's is cheaper at … [Read more...]

Princess Ashika sinking accused guilty of manslaughter

All four men accused of manslaughter in the trial over the sinking of the Tongan Ferry, Princess Ashika have been found guilty by a jury in Nuku'alofa. New Zealander, John Jonesse was charged along with ferry captain Makahokovalu Tuputupu, first mate Semisi Pomale and former Ministry of … [Read more...]

NZ Christchurch earthquake mapped from space

Last months devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand has been mapped from space using new radar imagery. The shallow magnitude 6.3 tremor killed over 200 people and shattered a modern city just geting back on its feet after a 7.1 earthquake in September 2010. Data gathered by the … [Read more...]

Colombia announces ‘new’ Panama Canal project with China

Latin American country Colombia has announced it is working with China to build an alternative to the Panama Canal. The plan is to create a 'dry canal' that uses a rail link between the Pacific port of Buenaventura and the Atlantic Coast. With Asian trade to Latin and South America booming … [Read more...]

Teenagers survive 50 days adrift in the Pacific Ocean

Three teenage boys in an aluminium dinghy have drifted 1300 kilometres across the South Pacific in an epic 50 day struggle for survival. The boys, Samuel Perez and Filo Filo, both 15, and Edward Nasau, 14, had disappeared from Atafu Island in the Tokelau's on October 5. There had been an … [Read more...]