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Entries Tagged as 'Cyclone Yasi'

If Only All Politicians Were Scuba Divers

May 30th, 2011 · 2 Comments · Blog

In 1983 Lodestone Reef, east of Magnetic Island, was the scene of a series of gruesome attacks by a five-metre tiger shark. It was also in the path of Cyclone Yasi and so I was curious to finally get there on the weekend and see how the Reef looks four months after one of the […]

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What’s Happened to Myrmidon?

March 27th, 2011 · No Comments · Updates

Just before Cyclone Yasi I joined an expedition with scientists out to Myrmidon Reef, 120 kilometres off Townsville. This week I was asked to talk to Radio National’s Robyn Williams –  Science Show – Cyclone Yasi – about the reef. Before the interview I called the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and asked for […]

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Cyclone Yasi: The Clean-up Begins

February 4th, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

There is still no power here in many parts of Townsville and the streets remain strewn with trees and powerlines. I filed this story to the Guardian in London late last night: All everyone wanted was to get to the morning after the cyclone before. The citizens of Townsville had been told that category five […]

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The Morning After the Cyclone Before

February 3rd, 2011 · 1 Comment · Blog

No-one knew what to expect when dawn arrived in Townsville after a relentless night, of storm winds and rain. Just before midnight, when we lost power I managed to file this piece to the Guardian in London: Cyclone Yasi had arrived. At 2pm on Wednesday the wind changed from its usual tropical laziness into something […]

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Cyclone Yasi Begins to Arrive

February 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Blog

It’s 2pm and the Strand at Townsville is absolutely deserted. Everything is closed and the wind is beginning to roar. The sea is looking ominous and yet it is still hours until the first proper front of Cyclone Yasi is due to arrive. For the past few days we have been watching as the storm […]

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