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2006-05-03 14:52:14

By Mary Fonua NUKU'ALOFA, Tonga (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake struck the South Pacific islands of Tonga on Thursday, generating a tsunami, but there were no reports of damage. The quake, measuring 8.1, struck 95 miles south of Tonga's Neiafu island at 4.26 a.m. local time (1526 GMT), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. "Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated. It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicenter," said the Pacific Tsunami...

2006-05-03 13:00:11

SUVA, Fiji (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring 8.1 hit the Tonga islands, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Web site said on Wednesday and a tsunami warning was issued for Tonga, Fiji, New Zealand and other South Pacific states. The warning said it was not known if a tsunami had been generated by the quake but that any such wave would have hit Suva, Fiji, at 1713 GMT and Gisborne, New Zealand, at 1821 GMT. "It is not known that a tsunami was generated. This warning is based only on...

2005-09-01 23:45:00

A researcher at Rochester Institute of Technology is unraveling a mystery surrounding Easter Island. William Basener, assistant professor of mathematics, has created the first mathematical formula to accurately model the island's monumental societal collapse. Between 1200 and 1500 A.D., the small, remote island, 2,000 miles off the coast of Chile, was inhabited by over 10,000 people and had a relatively sophisticated and technologically advanced society. During this time, inhabitants used...

2005-07-05 18:05:43

According to folklore, Polynesians originated from a mythical homeland called Hawaiki. Their origins and the existence of such a place, however, have been the subject of much speculation. In a new study in the premier open access journal PLoS Biology, Jean Trejaut and colleagues now provide the first direct evidence for the common ancestry of Polynesians and indigenous Taiwanese. Genetic techniques involving mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) have been used to try and determine whether there is a...

2005-07-05 00:52:56

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A genetic study helps confirm thetheory that Polynesians, who settled islands across a vastswathe of ocean, started out in Taiwan, researchers reported onMonday. Mitochondrial DNA, which is passed along virtuallyunchanged from mothers to their children, provides a kind ofgenetic clock linking present-day Polynesians to thedescendants of aboriginal residents of Taiwan. Samples taken from nine indigenous Taiwanese tribes -- whoare different ethnically and genetically...

Latest Polynesia Reference Libraries

National Park Of America Samoa
2013-03-05 08:50:47

The National Park of American Samoa is located in the American territory known as American Samoa. The park is actually divided into three different areas comprised of the islands of Ta‘ū, Tutuila, and Ofu-Olosega. This park was legally established by Public Law 100-571 in 1988, but the land could not be acquired due to the traditional communal land system of its native inhabitants. However, in 1993, the National Park Service signed a fifty-year lease with Samoan village councils to acquire...

Pacific Rim
2013-02-19 13:33:00

The Pacific Rim is a reference to places around the edge of Pacific Ocean. The term Pacific Basin includes the Pacific Rim and the islands within the Pacific Ocean. It roughly overlaps with the geologic Pacific Ring of Fire. These countries are generally considered to be a part of the Pacific Rim, since they lie along the Pacific Ocean: North/East Asia Russia, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Philippines, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand,...

2008-09-12 16:44:08

The Polynesian Triller (Lalage maculosa), is a passerine bird belonging to the triller genus Lalage in the cuckoo-shrike family Campephagidae. It has numerous subspecies distributed across the islands of the south-west Pacific. The breeding range extends through Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Niue, Wallis and Futuna, Vanuatu and the Santa Cruz Islands. It occurs in a wide variety of habitats including man-made habitats such as plantations and gardens. It is about 6 inches to 6.25 inches long. The...

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