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Oct 8, 2009
Oct 8, 2009
Oct 2, 2009

Fresh quake near Tonga, tsunami toll nears 200

LALOMANU, Samoa (Reuters) – Grieving Samoans buried their dead in unmarked beachside graves on Thursday as the gruesome task of recovering bodies from villages destroyed by four tsunamis continued and an aftershock shook the region.

Some Samoans started rebuilding their South Pacific paradise, clearing debris from shattered homes, but others remained in nearby mountains, afraid to return to the coast for fear the ocean will again turn deadly.

Oct 1, 2009

Death toll in tsunamis nears 200, could go higher

SIUMU, Samoa, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Rescuers fished bloated
corpses from the South Pacific off Samoa and pulled bodies from
the mud and twisted rubble of devastated islands as the death
toll from a series of tsunamis neared 200 on Thursday.

Officials feared it could go much higher.

A spotter aircraft circled the ocean looking for bodies,
dropping smoke flares to pinpoint their location for a boat to
collect. Within an hour five were hauled ashore.

Oct 1, 2009

Tsunamis turn S.Pacific paradise to deadly hell

SIUMU, Samoa, Sept 30 (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled bodies
from the mud and twisted rubble and fished bloated corpses from
the South Pacific off Samoa on Wednesday as the death toll from
a series of tsunamis climbed further.

A spotter aircraft circled the ocean looking for bodies,
dropping smoke flares to pinpoint their location for a boat to
collect. Within an hour five were hauled ashore and the
aircraft proceeded with its gruesome search.

Jul 6, 2009
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Something for nothing?

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Everybody likes something for nothing. Better still if that something is actually useful. Last week was all about a little extra content for just a little extra effort and how it pays dividends.BabysittingMy guess is most Reuters photographers have a camera in their hand most of the time. You know, just in case. My journalist wife had to drive to the world’s largest coal port last weekend. I was babysitting. A new emission trading scheme was slated to be the following week’s main story in Australia so I grabbed toddler and cameras and off we all went. I ended up with a good carbon emissions file including an Asia picture of the week (below) in between splashing in puddles and chasing seagulls…with my son of course.Drive-byTwo days later I headed in the opposite direction, to Canberra for the arrival of Spain’s King Juan Carlos I and Queen Sofia. On the way there the clouds lifted from some distant hills framing a new wind power farm. Pulling over on the freeway, a few quick frames out the other side of the car…and an image (below) included in the Best of the Week file.Don’t forget to look behind youAustralia’s Prime Minister and main opposition leader both came to welcome Spain’s royalty. These two had been at each other’s throats the past few days in a saga about a free pick-up truck and a faked email that had gripped the nation. I’m already there and it costs nothing to squeeze off a few well timed frames while the opposition looked the other way. Sure, it’s primarily a local interest story but depending on how it may have developed, it had the potential to take the Prime Minister down… and why say no to a nice colour half page in the country’s largest circulation national paper?Getting something for next to nothing has never been easier.