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Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS

(Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck close to the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific Ocean, just days after the archipelago was hit by another strong earthquake, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday.

US Rejects Beijing's Demand to Stop Flying Over Disputed Islands

US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Daniel Russel said that the United States has rejected Beijing's demands that US surveillance planes stop flying over the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.

Magnitude 6.9 Earthquake Registered Near Solomon Islands

The US Geological Survey said that a 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck nearby the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Thursday.

Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands, no tsunami expected

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but no tsunami was expected and there were no immediate reports of damage.

Plotting Against Beijing? US Holds Asian Military Summit, Excludes China

As the United States struggles to maintain influence in the South China Sea, it has pushed Pacific nations to assert themselves against Beijing. In that effort, Washington organized a gathering of military leaders from over 20 countries, specifically excluding China.

California’s surf wars: Wave ‘warlords’ go to extreme lengths to defend their turf

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Lunada Bay is a legendary surfing spot at the base of cliffs on the Palos Verdes peninsula, just south of Los Angeles. After clambering down a steep, crumbling path, visitors encounter a smooth beach, a vista of the Pacific Ocean and waves breaking against the point, with just a handful of surfers...

Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

China’s relationship with the US is “stable” despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry Sunday, adding that the Pacific Ocean is “vast enough” for both powers, state media said. Xi met […]

Europe's Exit From Asia ... "Only" Soft Power Remains

Geopolitically Europe is conspicuously absent in South and East Asia. This has been a trend for some time, but it has recently intensified. Seen from Asia Pacific where so much is happening, Europe is a distant dot on the horizon. Retrospectives: For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, not only was [...]

Construction underway on NCP cable

This article was authored by Dylan Bushell-Embling, and was originally posted on telecomasia.net. The NCP Consortium has commenced construction on the New Cross Pacific (NCP) cable network linking the USA, China, South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.... [visit site to read more]

New England and the Northwest are the least Christian parts of U.S.

The U.S. has become notably less Christian in the last few years, but the shift has come unevenly, with New England and the Pacific Northwest at the leading edge of the social transformation and the South holding fast to more traditional religious beliefs.

Bonefishing – A Steelheader’s Perspective

Here at Andros South, we were recently joined by Alaska West guide, Whitney Gould, for her first bonefishing trip. When not guiding in Alaska, Whitney spends her winters chasing steelhead throughout the Pacific Northwest, not exactly a tropical setting. Knowing that many of our readers have never experienced flats style fishing, we asked Whitney to […]

Von Kuenheim: BMW Will Never Market A Pickup Truck

BMW owners looking to add a Bavarian-badged pickup will need to look elsewhere, as the automaker has no intention to market such a vehicle. The declaration comes from BMW Group Asia, Pacific and South Africa senior vice president Hendrik von Kuenheim, Motoring.com.au reports. Show More Summary

Charter the 220-foot Sailing Yacht Vertigo to Antarctica in 2016

Cruising the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the Mediterranean was just a warm-up for Vertigo’s upcoming charter season in the chilly waters of one of the planet’s most extreme locations: Antarctica. At 220 feet, Y.Co’s Vertigo—designed...Show More Summary

Retirement in Mexico Deserves a Fresh Look

Getty ImagesA Pacific coast beach retirement costs much less in Mexico. By Kathleen Peddicord Mexico was perhaps the original retire overseas destination for Americans, who have been relocating south of the border in retirement for decades. Show More Summary

SA blackouts lift thermal coal prices

SA’s power crunch and soaring Indian imports have pushed up thermal coal prices in the Indian and Pacific Ocean basin. ||| Singapore - Power blackouts in South Africa and soaring Indian imports in anticipation of an El Nino climaticShow More Summary

Daily Headlines: May 5, 2015

South America: Chilean representatives requested the International Court of Justice to dismiss landlocked Bolivia’s long-standing claims of access to the Pacific Ocean. Mexico: The U.S. and Canadian embassies in Mexico issued travelShow More Summary

Earthquake Rattles Papua New Guinea; Officials Warn Of Possible Tsunami

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, and officials warned that a local tsunami was possible. The 7.5-magnitude quake struck about 140 kilometers (90 miles) south of the town of Kokopo in northeastern Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 miles), the U.S. Show More Summary

East Coast braces for bird flu - AgMinute for May 4, 2015

Bird flu appears to have subsided in the Pacific Northwest, but its most virulent form is ravaging chicken and turkey operations in parts of the Midwest, leading to the deaths of 13 million birds in Minnesota, Iowa, North and South Dakota and Wisconsin. For more information visit www.capitalpress.com

Study: Warm oceans caused hottest Dust Bowl years in 1934/36

Ocean hot spots could help today’s long-range weather forecasters predict extreme summers for Central US From the University of New South Wales, this reminds me of the recent issue over the “warm blob” in the Pacific which is strengthening and the current drought situation in the USA. A video follows. Two ocean hot spots have…

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