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# Pacific

Last year
# category 3
Hurricane Roslyn hits Mexico's Pacific coast
The hurricane is expected to produce a life-threatening storm surge
All time
# Pool D
Radradra on Fiji's wing as Cheika pairs Hooper and Pocock in Wallaby back row
The Australia coach was reluctant to suggest that the duo could also start together against Wales in week two.
# global season
Sexton leads critics of 'out-of-touch' proposal for new 12-team World Rugby tournament
There was no place for Fiji, Samoa or Tonga in the proposed tournament, with emerging TV markets Japan and USA preferred.
# Storm
Photos: The 'extremely dangerous' Hurricane Willa crashes into Mexico's Pacific coast
The eye of the storm was on the edge of the Mexican coast overnight.
# Micronesia
Plane 'lands short of the runway' and ditches into Pacific lagoon
It said there were no serious injuries; the airline didn’t specify what caused the accident.
The Ocean Cleanup project sails out to sweep Pacific plastic
The ambitious project hopes to clean up half of an infamous garbage patch within five years.
# cyclone gita
Powerful storm levels Tonga's parliament house and heads towards Fiji
Cyclone Gita caused power outages after tearing through the island nation just south of the capital.
# try try again
North Korea's latest missile test 'explodes' upon launch
North Korea is under several sets of United Nations sanctions over its atomic and ballistic missile programmes.
# chance discovery
Starving teenage boy rescued 'by chance' after nearly two weeks at sea without food
The boy was found along with three fishermen in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.
6.5 magnitude earthquake strikes off the coast of northern California
Seismologists said that no major tsunami threat was expected.
# Cast Away
Two men washed up on uninhabited Pacific island saved after writing 'SOS' in the sand
The men were stranded for about 8 days.
# baby on board
"Is there a doctor on board?" - Watch this woman give birth in a plane over the Pacific
Six flight attendants wearing surgical masks can be seen
# Pacific
Bodies of soldiers found in cave 70 years after brutal WWII battle
More than 70 years later, remains have been recovered.
# the aviator
Detectives hunting the mysterious disappearance of Amelia Earhart have travelled to a remote Pacific island
Earhart disappeared in 1937 while attempting to circumnavigate the world.
# huge wave
Three dead after tourist catamaran sinks off Costa Rica
Rescuers have plucked 94 people from the sea so far.
# splash-land
Orion: A successful Planet Earth landing for NASA's latest test-flight
The craft flew further and faster than any capsule built for humans since the Apollo moon program — 42 years ago.
# Valparaiso
Sixteen people have died in a huge fire consuming the outskirts of a Chilean port city
The military has taken over security in the city of Valparaiso.
# Adrift
Castaway says dreams about his family (and food) sustained him
Fisherman Jose Salvador Alvarenga said he thought about suicide during his 13 months adrift in the Pacific.
# Sail Away
"I feel bad": Castaway arrives home after year adrift at sea
Jose Ivan said he had set sail from Mexico on Christmas Eve, 2012.
# Eruption
Victims engulfed in ash as volcano kills at least 15
Victims were covered by scorching clouds during the eruption.
# At Sea
Castaway survived 16 months adrift at sea by eating turtles
The man washed up on Thursday and said he has been floating in the Pacific since September 2012.
# Earthquake
Earthquake sends New Zealand office workers scrambling
No tsunami warning has been issued after a 6.5 magnitude temblor hit the country’s South Island.
# Papua New Guinea
Teenage girl beheads father after he rapes her
Community leaders in the village in Papua New Guinea have protected the 18-year-old, saying the man deserved to die.
# Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart search expedition finds 'debris field' off Pacific island
High-res footage has revealed “a scattering of man-made objects” in location consistent with 1937 photo which sparked search.
# Flooding
In photos: Philippines battered by Typhoon Saola
At least eight killed and tens of thousands displaced by Pacific storm.
# Amelia Earhart
Amelia Earhart search project prepares to launch new expedition
New search will focus on area of underwater reef along the Pacific atoll of Nikumaroro.
# Denis O'Brien
Denis O'Brien's Digicel hits profits of more that $1bn
It’s the first time the telecoms group has reached profits of this level. It operates across the Caribbean, Central America and the Pacific.
# Tsunami
Football washes up on Alaskan island a year after Japan's tsunami
Football travelled over 5,000km after a tsunami struck the north-eastern coast of Japan in March 2011.
# Ghost ship
'Ghost ship' from Japan tsunami spotted off Canada
The fishing vessel has spent the last year drifting all the way across the Pacific with nobody on board.
# Amelia Earhart
Fresh search for Amelia Earhart and navigator 75 years after disappearance
Earhart and Fred Noonan went missing over the Pacific in 1937, but the remains of their aircraft have never been found.
# Japan
WATCH: Tsunami debris spreading across the Pacific towards Hawaii
Homes, boats, cars, household appliances and other objects were washed into the ocean following the tsunami last year. This animated model shows how it is still moving across the Pacific.
# Kiribati
Pacific island nation considers moving over climate change fears
Kiribatis president says some villages have already been relocated because of rising the sea level.
# Review 2011
In pictures: the natural disasters of 2011
Last year saw a number of major natural disasters strike, including earthquakes in Japan, New Zealand and Turkey, volcanic eruptions in Chile and Iceland, and severe tropical storms in Asia.
# Mexico
Seven bodies dumped at Mexico resort town bus stop
At least 20 people were killed over the weekend in Mexico, according to police reports.
# Chile
Popular TV host among 21 killed as Chilean air force plane crashes
Chilean television personality Felipe Camiroaga was flying to the island to do a program on the reconstruction of Juan Fernandez island following an earthquake and tsunami last year.
# Sweatshops
Sixty big name brands continuing to use sweatshop labour
A lobby group has examined 83 factories across Indonesia, Sri Lanka and The Philippines and found “widespread violations and abuses of workers’ rights”.
# Digicel
O’Brien to sell Digicel firms to world’s richest man
Denis O’Brien’s Honduras and El Salvador telecommunications businesses are to be acquired by Mexican businessman Carlos Slim – recently named as the world’s richest man by Forbes.
# Japan Earthquake
Eyewitness videos record shocking extent of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami
In video: how tourists and the residents of Japan experienced today’s earthquake.
# Pacific
Tsunami hits Indonesia without causing damage
Indonesia and Guam have both lifted their tsunami warnings, after waves of just 10 centimetres hit the eastern Indonesian coast.