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Ocean between Asia and Australia in the west, the Americas in the east and Antarctica or the Southern Ocean in the south.

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Pacific Ocean: Ocean between Asia and Australia in the west, the Americas in the east and Antarctica or the Southern Ocean in the south.
The Pacific Ocean is the largest and deepest of Earth's oceanic divisions. It extends from the Arctic Ocean in the north to the Southern Ocean in the south and is bounded by the continents of Asia and Australia in the west and the Americas in the east.


Child treated for measles in Papua New Guinea, amid fears of Pacific-wide threat

A baby boy is in a Papua New Guinea hospital with measles after Samoa faced its own measles outbreak.
SBS - Published

Today in History for December 19th

President Bill Clinton impeached; General George Washington opens camp at Valley Forge; Charles Dickens' novel "A Christmas Carol" is first published; Apollo 17 splashes down in the Pacific Ocean; 'The.. - Published

Videos for Pacific Ocean

Police investigating after car jumps off cliff in California [Video]Police investigating after car jumps off cliff in California

Police are asking the public to help identify a car that drove off a cliff in northern California just days before the New Year. Footage released by the California Highway Patrol shows a vehicle head..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:31Published

Could 'Super Corals' help save the world's reefs? [Video]Could 'Super Corals' help save the world's reefs?

Corals of Palau in the western Pacific are proving to be resilient to heat and acidity, as more reefs around the globe die from effects of climate change.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 03:50Published

'Joy' in Bougainville as Pacific islands begin independence vote [Video]'Joy' in Bougainville as Pacific islands begin independence vote

John Momis, president of Bougainville, was one of the first to vote on Saturday in a two-week referendum on independence from Papua New Guinea.View on euronews

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published


US Coast Guard seizes cocaine worth millions

An estimated $312 million worth of cocaine seized from smugglers in the eastern Pacific Ocean was offloaded Wednesday in San Diego. The haul resulted from operations by U.S. Coast Guard cutters between.. - Published

Samoa extends measles state of emergency, NZ to fund Pacific vaccination campaign

The South Pacific island nation of Samoa on Saturday extended a state of emergency due to a measles outbreak which has killed 72 people, mostly infants, as New Zealand announced NZ$1 million ($640,700)..
Reuters - Published

US Test Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile Over Pacific Ocean

us test fires nuclear-capable missile over pacific ocean
The United States tested a medium-range ballistic missile on Thursday, the second test in four months of an offensive missile that would have been banned by a US-Russia arms treaty that Washington.....
WorldNews - Published

Hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it's killing them

hermit crabs are confusing plastic for shells and it's killing them
(CNN)More than half a million hermit crabs have been killed after becoming trapped by plastic pollution on two remote islands, a new study from the University of Tasmania found. Research teams..
WorldNews - Published

Samoa in Christmas lockdown as measles deaths top 50

The small Pacific island nation of Samoa has closed schools and is restricting travel ahead of the Christmas holiday season as the death toll from a measles outbreak tops 50, in the latest flare-up of..
France 24 - Published Also reported by •Reuters

A Deep-Sea Magma Monster Gets a Body Scan

Scientists set sail on a perilous expedition to create the first internal 3D images of Axial Seamount, an underwater volcano deep in the Pacific Ocean. - Published

How a wrong injection helped cause Samoa's measles epidemic

how a wrong injection helped cause samoa's measles epidemic
On Monday, the Pacific island nation said the overall number of cases stands at 3,728. The number of new cases recorded on Sunday and Monday alone was 198. The country, with a population of around..
WorldNews - Published

Samoa measles deaths rise above 50, mostly small children

The death toll from a measles outbreak in Samoa climbed to 53, the government said on Monday, as the number of people infected in the small Pacific nation grows by more than a hundred a day.
Reuters - Published

Easter Island's famous moai statues slowly fading away

For years, archaeologists have wondered how the mysterious statues came to dot the island in the Pacific. Now, they're trying to find a way to keep the statues around. Anderson Cooper reports.
CBS News - Published

California highway reopens after major snow storm

A major highway linking California and Oregon fully reopened late Wednesday, nearly 24 hours after a major storm blew in off the Pacific Ocean and slammed the region with heavy snow, gale-force winds.. - Published

Samoa measles epidemic kills 20

samoa measles epidemic kills 20
Deaths related to measles have risen to 20 in the past week on the Pacific island of Samoa, the government has said, eight days after declaring a state of...
WorldNews - Published

Samoa measles outbreak worsens with death toll reaching 22

Close to 2,000 people are infected in the Pacific nation, which has declared a state of emergency.
BBC News - Published

Samoa declares state of emergency as measles spreads across Pacific

Samoa declared a state of emergency this weekend, closing all schools and cracking down on public gatherings, after several deaths linked to a measles outbreak that has spread across the Pacific..
Reuters - Published

DFAT releases Pacific region climate plan

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has quietly released its climate change strategy which will guide Australia's efforts in Pacific region to 2025.
SBS - Published

Watch 60 Minutes fight 10-foot swells to board a 300-foot boat in the middle of the ocean

60 Minutes’ reporting on deep sea mining began with a 10-hour ride through the choppy Pacific Ocean to join a mining research vessel. High waves meant timing was everything to get on board. See the..
CBS News - Published

How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?

how did a virus from the atlantic infect mammals in the pacific?
Sea otters and seals in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Alaska, are infected with a virus that once was seen only in animals in the Atlantic. A new study suggests that melting ice in the Arctic may..
WorldNews - Published Also reported by •

Iconic bird sanctuary ravaged by plastic and death

A remote wildlife sanctuary near Hawaii is littered with carcasses of seabirds that died after eating plastic debris that circulates nearby in the Pacific Ocean. Midway Atoll is home to some of the.. - Published

Kiribati demands more 'respect' and 'courtesy' after deporting 60 Minutes crew

After deporting an Australian news crew for allegedly not having the right media permits, the small Pacific island nation of Kiribati is demanding more 'respect' and 'courtesy' from larger countries.
SBS - Published

The victims of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Tons of plastic are accumulating in a Pacific Ocean whirlpool, killing wildlife like the Laysan albatross. 60 Minutes reports on a 24-year-old inventor with a controversial plan he hopes can clean it..
CBS News - Published

El Niño weather events are about to become more extreme thanks to climate change, study says

El Niños are a natural warming of sea water in the tropical Pacific Ocean that fuel weather extremes in the U.S. and around the world. - Published

Deep-sea explorers find Battle of Midway warships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships have found a second Japanese warship deep in the Pacific where one of the most decisive battles of the time took place... - Published

1942: The Battle of Midway

Seventy-five years ago, the tiny atoll was site of an air-sea battle that changed the course of the Pacific war, just six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor
CBS News - Published

Quake of magnitude 6.4 strikes off Vanuatu: USGS

An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck off the Pacific island nation of Vanuatu on Monday, the United States Geological Survey said.
Reuters - Published

Litany of failings behind Pacific ferry disaster that killed 95: inquiry

An overloaded ferry that sank near the Pacific island archipelago of Kiribati last year, killing 95 people, was not allowed to carry passengers in the open sea, and had twice run aground before its..
Reuters - Published

Taiwan says China is an 'authoritarian' threat in the Pacific

Taiwan said on Monday China was practicing "authoritarian expansionism" in the Pacific, pointing to reports of plans for Chinese military presence in two Pacific countries that have recently switched..
Reuters - Published

Colombia 'drug smugglers' rescued after clinging to floating cocaine

Colombian authorities found the men in the Pacific Ocean after their boat capsized.
BBC News - Published

China restores ties with Kiribati, site of space tracking station

China and the Pacific island state of Kiribati restored diplomatic ties on Friday after the former diplomatic ally of Taiwan abandoned Taipei.
Reuters - Published

US Coast Guard makes massive drug haul: 6 tons of cocaine seized from a submarine

The U.S. Coast Guard says it has seized 6 tons of cocaine worth $165 million from a 40-foot submarine in the Pacific Ocean. - Published

Coast Guard seizes $165 million worth of cocaine inside submarine

A "narco sub" carrying 12,000 pounds of cocaine worth more than $165 million has been seized by the U.S. Coast Guard. The 40-foot-long vessel was heading toward the U.S. earlier this month when it was..
CBS News - Published

Kiribati says national interest behind cutting Taiwan ties in favor of China

The Pacific island nation of Kiribati acted in its best national interest when it severed ties with Taiwan and re-established diplomatic relations with China, the office of Kiribati's president said on..
Reuters - Published

China Says It "Highly Appreciates" Kiribati Cutting Ties With Taiwan

china says it highly appreciates kiribati cutting ties with taiwan
China on Friday praised the Pacific island of Kiribati for cutting ties with Taiwan, the second diplomatic defection from Taipei to Beijing in less than a week. The move is a coup for Beijing just.....
WorldNews - Published

Taiwan says China lures Kiribati with airplanes after losing another ally

China offered airplanes and ferries to lure the Pacific island nation of Kiribati into switching diplomatic relations, Taiwan said on Friday, as the self-ruled island lost another ally to Chinese..
Reuters - Published

Taiwan cuts ties with Kiribati amid China tension

Taiwan said on Friday it has cut official ties with the Pacific island nation of Kiribati, losing another ally amid Chinese pressure on the nations that have diplomatic relations with the self-ruled..
Reuters - Published

Six tropical storms whirling at once have set a record

September is the peak month for hurricane and tropical storm activity in both the Atlantic and Pacific, NOAA reports. - Published

Microsoft asks US to lift Huawei tech ban

The US company's president warns of a "digital iron curtain down the Pacific Ocean".
BBC News - Published

Harmful Pacific Ocean "blob" made worse by climate change

Ocean heatwaves known as the "blob" are responsible for toxic algae blooms that kill plankton, a key food source for marine life. Experts are concerned a massive blob that formed in the Pacific in 2015..
CBS News - Published

Pacific Ocean "blob" harming marine life

Rising temperatures are causing coral reefs to crumble and another blob could decimate the shellfish industry
CBS News - Published

Oldest living American WWII veteran celebrates his 110th birthday

Today, about 500,000 American WWII veterans who served in Europe, the Pacific and other places are still living – but one U.S. veteran has been living longer than them all
CBS News - Published

Angelina Jolie: Climate Change Is Already Displacing Millions of People. It’s Our Responsibility to Help Them

angelina jolie: climate change is already displacing millions of people. it’s our responsibility to help them
The technological sophistication of modern life masks a simple reality: we all need oxygen, water and food to survive. But the divide between those who have the resources they need to exist and those..
WorldNews - Published

This dumbo octopus looks like parachute

A Cirroteuthid octopus was spotted swimming more than 5,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean. - Published

Dumping Fukushima water into sea ‘the only option’, says Japan minister

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it, the environment minister..
France 24 - Published

Japan may have to dump radioactive water into the sea, minister says

Japan's Tokyo Electric Power will have to dump radioactive water from its destroyed Fukushima nuclear power plant into the Pacific Ocean as it runs out of room to store it, the environment minister..
Reuters - Published

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