“Calls for Barrier Reef to be declared disaster area”

Cyclone Hamish [maptype=G_SATELLITE_MAP;gpxview=all] According to the ABC news website, a number of people including the Queensland Sea Food Industry Association are calling for the southern half of the Great Barrier Reef to be declared a ‘disaster zone’. Reports from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority suggest that >50% of the reef was affected by … Continue reading “Calls for Barrier Reef to be declared disaster area”

The aftermath of Cyclone Hamish: Moreton Bay oil slick is Queenslands worst environmental disaster

Miles of coastline in Australia have been declared a disaster zone after a large oil spill from a storm-damaged cargo ship. At least 40 miles (60km) of the southeastern shore of Queensland were contaminated as an estimated 42 tonnes of oil spilt into the ocean from the MV Pacific Adventurer on Wednesday night. The ship, … Continue reading The aftermath of Cyclone Hamish: Moreton Bay oil slick is Queenslands worst environmental disaster

Cyclone Hamish dissipates

After threatening to cross land in as a category 4 cyclone with winds >200km/hr, Cyclone Hamish made a dramatic turn westwards and is now winding down towards a Category 1 cyclone out into the Pacific Ocean. After the damage caused by Cyclone Larry in 2006, it seems that South-East Queensland can breath a sigh of … Continue reading Cyclone Hamish dissipates

Cyclone Hamish update

It seems like Cyclone Hamish has taken an unexpected turn eastwards, with the eye of the storm now projected to miss the Capricorn Bunker islands. Heron Island and other coral islands have been evacuated, and residents across the Bundaberg – Hervey Bay region are bracing themselves for the impact as Hamish crosses the in the … Continue reading Cyclone Hamish update