Email ABC South East SA By Selina Green Posted December 11, 2019 18:48:36 Photo: Volcanologists said they do "not know" when an eruption could occur in Australia. (Supplied: David McClelland) Related Story: Tourists had 'very little' warning ahead of deadly volcanic eruption Related Story: Adelaide mother found alive but severely burned after White Island volcanic eruption Related Story: It's a strange thing to continue on holiday after something so terribly tragic Map: Mount Gambier 5290 Volcano experts say Australia needs to be better prepared for a potential eruption, with a stretch between Melbourne and south-east South Australia home to about 400 volcanic centres. Key points:Australia's volcanic province, on average, experiences an eruption every 12,000 yearsExperts cannot predict when the next occurrence will be, with potential for an eruption "in a few weeks" or in "thousands of years" timeExperts warn that other hazards can occur in the case of an … [Read more...] about Australia urged to learn from New Zealand’s White Island volcano tragedy with ‘a lot more’ preparation
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Two months earlier, I’d never heard of Tangalooma. Even after it was suggested as a place I should visit, I struggled to get the hang of the name. (“It’s a place called Tangorama … Toomalangy? Hang on, I’ll look it up again.”) It was as foreign to me as undiscovered villages on undiscovered lands in untouched corners of the globe. But as I took in the view from the jetty, I felt slightly ashamed by how long I’d gone without a clue this place existed. And I was not alone. One of Australia’s best-kept secrets. Picture: Tangalooma Island ResortSource:Supplied Even though it’s just 75 minutes by ferry from Brisbane’s CBD, most Australians have never heard of Tangalooma Island Resort, a fully-equipped resort set on a pristine stretch of coast on Moreton Island (south of the more famous Fraser Island). Even people from Brisbane have never heard of the place, staff told me when I arrived. These are the secrets I uncovered at … [Read more...] about Why this little-known island resort needs to be on your radar
But for many, those days are long gone and almost half of the former tourist hot spots — nestled among the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef — have shut-up shop. They sit deserted, their owners having walked away from expensive disrepair caused by years of neglect or financial ruin. Others were forced to close after being smashed beyond recognition by powerful cyclones. Of the 35 resorts across 29 islands that were once operating in the Sunshine State, 19 are currently open. “I suppose you could say it’s a mixed bag,” Queensland Tourism Industry Council boss Daniel Gschwind told news.com.au. Dunk Island Resort has sat derelict since being smashed by Cyclone Yasi.Source:News Limited Daydream Island Resort a once-glittering destination has sat dormant but is now preparing to reopen.Source:News Regional Media The abandoned resort on Hinchinbrook Island.Source:Supplied “We have some outstanding and flourishing islands resorts, led by Hamilton … [Read more...] about Paradise lost: Half of Queensland’s once desirable luxury island resorts now deserted or derelict
Email By Elise Thomas Updated April 12, 2019 10:37:53 Photo: At high tide, one metre of water floods the island of Bhasan Char. (Reuters: Mohammad Ponir Hossain) Map: Bangladesh A disappearing island, cyclone season and 100,000 Rohingya refugees with nowhere else to go. What could go wrong?In the Bay of Bengal, a tiny silt island has emerged.Formed from sediment washed down from the Himalayas, it is most commonly called Bhasan Char ("floating island").It is three hours by boat from the coast of Bangladesh, but heavy seas in the monsoon season often leave it cut off from the world.The island has existed for barely a decade, but it is already washing away, eroding at half a kilometre per year.Even in land-poor Bangladesh, the cyclone-lashed island has been uninhabited, used only for fishing or occasionally grazing cattle.But within a few weeks, it could be home to over 100,000 Rohingya refugees.'A prison for the Rohingyas'Maung Maung Soe, 23, is one of more than a million … [Read more...] about The ‘floating’ island that has refugees terrified
Email By Norman Hermant and Brendan Esposito in Whakatane, New Zealand Posted December 12, 2019 04:25:51 Photo: Donna Sergent (left) says "everyone gravitates towards" White Island, and she's concerned about what happens if tourism dries up. (ABC News: Brendan Esposito ) Related Story: 'I know where they all are': Pilot says he could have bodies off volcano in 90 minutes Related Story: 'Superhuman' skipper escapes White Island volcano but goes back to save others Related Story: 'Prone to sporadic explosions': Tourists should not have been at NZ volcano site, expert says Map: New Zealand At the side of the main road heading into Whakatane, Donna Sergent is loading up on oranges being sold out of the back of a van.She loves this side of life in the town, and worries about what could happen if tours to the White Island volcano don't resume. "It does bring a lot of people to the town. It's not the only thing in the town, but everyone gravitates to it," she says. "It's … [Read more...] about New Zealand volcano eruption: What next for the town living in the mighty shadow of White Island?