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Tahiti hit by Oli

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Cyclone Oli buffeted Tahiti overnight, forcing the evacuation of hundreds of residents and tourists to churches, schools and temples.

Tahiti is under red alert until the cyclone passes, and all roads are closed. Towering waves have been buffeting buoys off the coast of Tahiti's capital, Papeete. French television showed a naval ship pitching in the storm.


Um... can we get it right please?

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Although we Kiwis we get frustrated when the weather doesn't go quite according to plan, spare a thought for our British friends when just 3 months back they were told of a mild winter by the Met Office in the UK. This was one of the headlines before winter officially got under way...


Hubble, sky survey catch rare asteroid crash, NASA says

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A mysterious X-shaped pattern of space debris seen by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope was probably two asteroids that collided, scientists said Tuesday.

The object, called P/2010 A2, was discovered in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research sky survey, or LINEAR, on January 6, NASA said.

The shape, and the streamers of dust shooting off of it, were photographed by Hubble on January 25 and 29, according to NASA.


Winter Olympics hit one snag...no snow

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From the New York Times

With seven years to prepare and a budget of about $2 billion, organizers have nearly everything in place for next month's Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Except snow.


Scientist defends climate report despite slip-ups

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A report by the United Nations' expert panel on climate change, which is under fire for the sourcing of its information, has been defended by a New Zealand scientist who contributed.


Lightning strikes man doing dishes

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A man has been struck by lightning in Sydney while doing the dishes.

Yahoo!7 News reports that the 37-year-old was hit by lightning while doing the dishes near a window at a YMCA camp last night at Yarramundi, situated in Sydney's far west.

The man, who suffered injuries to his neck and shoulder, was treated by paramedics and was expected to be taken to hospital.


NZers stranded in Peru mudslides

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Several New Zealanders are believed to be stranded in Peru, which has been hit by torrential rains and mudslides reports Newstalk ZB News.

Helicopters are being rushed in to evacuate some 2000 tourists stranded in the Andes, where the heaviest rains in 15 years have killed five people and cut off access to Machu Picchu.


U.N. climate chiefs apologise for glacier error

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The U.N.'s leading panel on climate change has apologized for misleading data published in a 2007 report that warned Himalayan glaciers could melt by 2035.

In a statement released Wednesday, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said estimates relating to the rate of recession of the Himalayan glaciers in its Fourth Assessment Report were "poorly substantiated" adding that "well-established standards of evidence were not applied properly."


Aussie steals our summer

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By Philip Duncan

It pains many of us but over the decades we've become used to seeing Australia sneak in at the last minute and steal something from us...whether it's rugby, cricket or even NZ born celebrities.  But many kiwis will be out-raged to learn today that Australia has stolen one more thing from us - our summer.


VIDEO: Dramatic video shows huge dust cloud after Haiti quake

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A new video has surfaced showing a dramatic scene unfolding in the skies over Haiti.

Following the massive magnitude 7 earthquake - the strongest in Haiti since 1770 - a massive dust cloud blanketed the city of Port-au-Prince as poorly built buildings crumbled to the ground.

This video was captured by residents on a hill above the city just moments after the earthquake struck.