Cyclone wreaks havoc in Tonga's capital, parliament flattened, homes wrecked

Tonga's neighbours scrambled to deliver emergency relief on Tuesday after Cyclone Gita tore across the Pacific island nation in the middle of the night, flattening the parliament, tearing roofs off homes and causing widespread flooding.

Feb 13, 2018, 10:17 AM IST

Tonga declares state of emergency as cyclone looms

Tonga declared a state of emergency Monday as the Pacific island kingdom braces for a direct hit by a powerful cyclone that is threatening to become a Category Five superstorm.

Feb 12, 2018, 10:34 AM IST

Magnitude 6.1 quake strikes under sea off Tonga

An earthquake of 6.1 magnitude struck under the sea 170km (105 miles) west of Neiafu in Tonga at 1404 GMT on Sunday, at a depth of 10km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Oct 09, 2017, 00:40 AM IST

Tonga's king dissolves parliament, orders new election

Tonga is the Pacific's only monarchy but has attempted to increase democracy in recent years.

Aug 25, 2017, 12:20 PM IST

Fiji declares curfew nationwide as powerful cyclone Winston approaches

Fiji declared a nationwide curfew on Saturday, as airlines suspended flights and the prime minister warned people to seek refuge from a cyclone that could prove to be the Pacific island nation`s mo

Feb 20, 2016, 14:56 PM IST

Severe cyclone takes aim at Tonga

Tonga declared a pre-emptive state of emergency Saturday as severe tropical cyclone Ula hit the tiny Pacific kingdom.

Jan 02, 2016, 04:04 AM IST

Security tightened in Jaipur ahead of FIPIC summit today

Security across Jaipur has been tightened ahead of the 2nd Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) Summit on Friday which will witness participation by heads of state and government officials from 14 resource-rich nations.

Aug 21, 2015, 11:26 AM IST

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits near Tonga: USGS

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the South Pacific Island nation of Tonga on Monday, the US Geological Survey said.

Jul 27, 2015, 09:26 AM IST

Tonga begins coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Tonga on Saturday began a week of celebrations to mark the upcoming coronation of the Pacific nation`s monarch, King Tupou VI, with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava.

Jun 27, 2015, 12:27 PM IST

Strong quakes hit off South Pacific nations of Tonga, Samoa

A pair of strong earthquakes struck off the South Pacific nations of Tonga and Samoa on Monday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

Mar 30, 2015, 20:50 PM IST

Volcanic eruption creates new island in Tonga

A volcanic eruption in Tonga has created a new substantial island since it began erupting last month.

Jan 21, 2015, 17:15 PM IST

Polls close in Tonga election

 Tongans went to the polls Thursday for only the second time since commoners have been able to elect the majority of MPs in the Pacific kingdom, amid calls for a more dynamic parliament. 

Nov 27, 2014, 12:21 PM IST

Series of quakes strike off South Pacific islands: USGS

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck off the South Pacific islands of Wallis and Futuna in the early hours today, following another powerful earthquake off Tonga.

Jun 30, 2014, 05:58 AM IST

Warriors fine Hurrell over leaked sex tape

NRL club the New Zealand Warriors fined Konrad Hurrell NZ$5,000 ($4,350) on Wednesday after a sex tape of the high-profile centre and his soap-opera star girlfriend was leaked online.

May 07, 2014, 14:31 PM IST

Fresh cyclone brews as Tonga struggles to recover

A fresh cyclone was brewing in the Pacific near the Solomon Islands today as humanitarian groups struggled to get relief supplies to outlying islands in Tonga devastated by Cyclone Ian.

Jan 16, 2014, 11:17 AM IST

Tonga cleans up after devastating cyclone

Residents in cyclone-devastated areas of Tonga launched a massive clean-up on Monday, as officials said it was "a miracle" only one person died when the monster storm hit.

Jan 13, 2014, 09:39 AM IST

Tonga in South Pacific lashed by powerful cyclone

The South Pacific island nation of Tonga was lashed by a powerful cyclone on Friday, with damage reported in the northern islands.

Jan 11, 2014, 06:24 AM IST

Magnitude-7.6 earthquake hits South Pacific

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre`s report on the quake said sea level readings indicated that a tsunami was generated.

Oct 22, 2011, 09:13 AM IST

Hardoi: 4 killed in tonga-minibus collision

Four persons, including a woman, were killed and 10 others were injured when a tonga collided with a mini bus on Thursday, police said.

Jul 07, 2011, 14:18 PM IST

Huge quake sparks tsunami scare in NZ, Tonga

The US Geological Survey initially measured the quake at magnitude 7.8 but later revised to 7.6.

Jul 07, 2011, 09:56 AM IST