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Powerful earthquake strikes off Solomon Islands ...

A powerful magnitude 8.0 earthquake has struck off the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, generating a "potentially destructive" tsunami.

The quake struck at a depth of 5.8km (3.6 miles) near the Santa Cruz islands, part of the Solomon Islands nation, the US Geological Survey said.

A tsunami warning was issued for the South Pacific islands by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre.

The centre said the tsunami could be destructive near the epicentre.

"Sea level readings indicate a tsunami was generated," the Hawaii-based centre said.

"It may have been destructive along coasts near the earthquake epicentre and could also be a threat to more distant coasts."

The warning was issued for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tuvalu, New Caledonia, Kosrae, Fiji, Kiribati, and Wallis and Futuna islands.

A tsunami watch was issued for other nations in the South Pacific, including Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

However, the Australian Bureau of Meteo…

PHILIPPINES: Mangoes one step closer to USA Market ...

PH mangoes cleared

By Anna Leah G. Estrada 

| Posted on Feb. 06, 2013 at 12:00am

The United States has certified mango plantations in the Philippines, excluding those in Palawan, as pest-free, Bureau of Plant Industry director Clarito Barron said Tuesday.

Barron said Kelan Evans of the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service of the US Department of Agriculture informed the Philippines that it passed the examination conducted by the USDA.

He said the Philippines can now export mangoes from the provinces of Guimaras, Davao Oriental, Samal Island and Sarangani.

Barron said the Philippines would also export Cavendish bananas to the United States in the first quarter of the year.

“Dole Philippines will export up to 3,000 metric tons of Cavendish bananas to the United States,” said Barron.

Alerta de tsunami en islas del pacifico sur ...


El temblor se produjo en la provincia de Santa Cruz y el epicentro se localizó a 5 kilómetros de profundidad.


Un terremoto de 8 grados de magnitud en la escala de Richter sacudió el suroccidente de las Islas Salomón, en el Pacífico Sur, sin que por el momento las autoridades hayan informado de la existencia de víctimas, daños materiales. Ya hay una alerta de tsunami.

El temblor se produjo en la provincia de Santa Cruz y el epicentro se localizó a 5 kilómetros de profundidad en el mar y a 347 kilómetros de la localidad de Kira Kira, informó el Servicio Geológico de Estados Unidos, que registra la actividad sísmica en todo el mundo.

Esta región ha sufrido desde este lunes al menos una decena de seísmos, con magnitudes de entre 4,9 y 6,2 grados.

Las Islas Salomón se asientan sobre el llamado "Anillo de Fuego del Pacífico", un área de gran actividad sísmica y volcánica sacudida por unos 7.000 temblores al año, la mayoría moderados.…


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Peruvian companies that export mangos to the U.S. "should perform more controls"

The general manager of the Peruvian Association of Mango Producers and Exporters (APEM), Juan Carlos Rivera, said the new companies in the business of exporting mangoes to the United States should perform more quality control.

He said that at least 140 companies exported the fruit to the American market for the first time each season and that there were around 60 consistently exporting. "They are new and do not know the industry," he said, referring to the former.

He then added that the new companies' export volume was "low" and that, often, their participation in the business was speculative. "They are the ones creating defaults; for they are people who leave the business if things go wrong," he said.

Rivera also said their behav…



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AUSTRALIA: Mango industry baffled by mystery disorder ...

Mango suffering from resin canal (NTDPI)

By Matt Brann

Tuesday, 05/02/2013

The mystery disorder known as resin canal appears to be on the rise in Australia's mango industry.

The condition causes black streaks to break out on the skin of the fruit, with veins appearing in the flesh.

John Nardi, a wholesaler at the Brisbane markets, says it's appearing on the fruit as it starts to ripen.

He says he's seen a lot of mangoes in the market this season suffering from resin canal and believes it's the biggest issue facing the mango industry.

"It's a major concern I think because there's just not enough known about it," he said.

"I don't know if you could say it's a disease, we don't know enough about it at this point, but it's coming out on the fruit on the shelf... and that's bad for the industry, for the grower, for the retailer and for the customer.

"It virtually rots the fruit and it's unsaleable."

President of the Australian …