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Sydney residents left shaken by tornado
Sydney residents left shaken by tornado

A tornado has left a trail of destruction in southern Sydney leaving several people with minor injuries and many homes and…

Ian McInnes: Cash greatest help in a disaster

Experience tells us that the best way to help our island neighbours is to donate to a reputable aid agency and make sure…

Homes burning in Dunedin fire

Fire crews are battling serious blazes in Dunedin and Dunback. Two homes in Saddle Hill are burning and a third is threatened…

Dealing with toll of Joaquin on land and sea

Shortly before her hulking cargo ship, the El Faro, vanished in 12m waves with a single emergency ping, a young crew member…

Sinkhole may have been a landslide
Sinkhole may have been a landslide

A giant sinkhole at a Queensland camping spot is now relatively stable and may have actually been a landslide, a geotechnical…

Echo of 2011 tsunami in Japan flood
Echo of 2011 tsunami in Japan flood

Thousands of rescuers search for dozens missing after record rain sends raging torrents into eastern cities.

Eruption brings more suffering to PNG
Eruption brings more suffering to PNG

The eruption of a volcano on a small Papua New Guinean island on July 31 has again wreaked havoc on the lives of its inhabitants…

'She wrapped me up in a hug'
'She wrapped me up in a hug'

It was a heartening moment captured amid overwhelming bleakness: a 3-year-old Hurricane Katrina survivor wrapping her chubby…

Weather

Cyclones no threat but rain is coming
Cyclones no threat but rain is coming

New Zealand will escape the worst of twin cyclones in the Pacific - but you'd better get your brollies…

Watch out for 'crazy-ass' alerts

A wacky new way to deliver the weather forecast is causing outbreaks of hilarity across some areas of New Zealand.

Severe thunderstorm warning for North Island

The severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Rotorua, Taupo, Hawkes Bay and Taihape.

Cyclone Winston upgraded to severe

A cyclone swirling in the Pacific north of Aotearoa has ramped up to Category 4.

NZ dodges twin cyclones
NZ dodges twin cyclones

A dry weekend is likely for most of the country after cyclones Winston and Tatiana changed course.

video WeatherWatch: Double trouble in the tropics

Two cyclones lie north of New Zealand. Neither are expected to make a direct hit to NZ, but these lows will likely fall…

Cyclone Winston continues to strengthen

WeatherWatch predicts it may bring dangerous conditions to some beaches in the North Island.

NZ could be in the path of twin cyclones

Twin cyclones born only hours apart are growing above New Zealand, and are likely to track towards us.

video Weather: Cyclone to head towards NZ

A significant tropical cyclone is developing north of New Zealand near Vanuatu and may grow in to a severe tropical cyclone…

Tropical cyclone less likely to hit NZ
Tropical cyclone less likely to hit NZ

A tropical cyclone forming in the Pacific is looking less likely to make a direct hit on NZ early next…

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Storms

Danger building in skies above Yemen Danger building in skies above Yemen

A very odd atmospheric event has been unfolding in…

White, wet - and a little weird White, wet - and a little weird

A day that started off fine and clear for most areas…

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Volcanoes

Avalanche upsets Ruapehu's crater lake Avalanche upsets Ruapehu's crater lake

Mt Ruapehu has again felt the rumble of an avalanche…

Tongariro proves fiery too Tongariro proves fiery too

Mt Tongariro - long considered a peaceful neighbour…

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