To many of us living in the UAE, Tonga may be hundreds of miles away in the Pacific Ocean, an insignificant part of our lives for its utter remoteness. But a natural disaster, and not an ordinary one, can change things, even attitudes. The world is small, and it has become
An underwater volcano off Tonga erupted on Saturday, triggering a tsunami on the shores of Tonga and cutting off phone and internet lines for the entire island.
Tonga police told the New Zealand High Commission that the confirmed death toll stood at two but with communications in the South Pacific island nation cut, the true extent of casualties was not clear.
NEMA and GNS Science were quick to assess the risk of a tsunami, and in an update NEMA says coastal inundation — the flooding of land areas — is not expected as a result.
On December 26, 2004, a monstrous 9.3 magnitude quake struck undersea off the coast of Sumatra. It sparked a tsunami nearly 100 feet (30 meters) high that killed more than 220,000 across a string of Indian Ocean countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka and India.
The Turkey health minister tweeted that the survivor, Ahmet Citim, told him, "I never lost hope.” The operation that saved Citim was the latest in a series of remarkable rescues after the Friday afternoon earthquake.
Global weather patterns have been quite unpredictable. India, particularly, has faced the brunt of several natural calamities arising from topsy-turvy climatic conditions. It is imperative, therefore,
"It seems like yesterday that I was watching the shocking footage of the devastating earthquake and tsunami on the news, and thinking, 'what can I do to help?'" she said in a video posted on Twitter.
Yoshihide Suga, the Prime Minister of Japan, convened an emergency task force to tackle the crisis. He asked people in the area to remain alert. Suga said there are plans in place to evacuate people from the area as there may be more heavy rainfalls…