By Pacific affairs reporter Liam Fox on Manus Island, staff
The 328 men who had been refusing to leave the closed Manus Island detention centre have now been moved to new camps, Papua New Guinea authorities confirm.
Papua New Guinea police move into the Manus Island detention centre to try to end a three-week stand-off with protesting asylum seekers and refugees.
Updated yesterday at 8:22pm
A shallow, magnitude-7.0 earthquake has struck east of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands in the South Pacific, sending small tsunamis towards New Caledonia and neighbouring Vanuatu, where authorities ordered evacuations.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) issued a tsunami warning for coastlines within 300 kilometres of the epicentre, but later said the danger had largely passed.
The quake — initially reported as magnitude-7.3 — struck at a shallow depth of 10 kilometres some 80 kilometres east of New Caledonia.
Updated Sat at 11:37pm
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) has called for the Federal Government to allow independent doctors and other health experts to help more than 400 asylum seekers languishing inside the recently-closed detention centre on Manus Island.
The asylum seekers have shut themselves inside the Australian-run Manus Island Centre for the past 18 days, defying attempts by Australia and Papua New Guinea to close it in a standoff the United Nations describes as a "looming humanitarian crisis".
Asylum seekers and refugees inside the Manus Island detention centre are "extremely scared" as workers tear down the fences around the compound and a deadline for them to be forcibly evicted approaches.