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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes off Indonesia – USGS

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:55 PM

'There's no tsunami potential and, so far, no reports of any damage,' says a spokesman for Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency

Magnitude 7.5 quake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands – USGS

Mar 25, 2020 - 1:46 PM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says 'only very small tsunami waves were generated by this earthquake and there is no further threat'

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

Feb 09, 2020 - 4:00 PM

No tsunami warning has been issued and there are no immediate reports of damage

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes Indonesia's northwest

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:21 PM

The magnitude 6.2 quake strikes at a depth of 20 kilometers just off the coast of Simeulue island, west of Sumatra, says the US Geological Survey

Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocks El Salvador – USGS

May 30, 2019 - 8:34 PM

Officials say the earthquake was so strong it was likely felt throughout Central America

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake hits Peru, no reports of injuries

Mar 01, 2019 - 5:43 PM

The epicenter of the quake is at a depth of 257 kilometers. The US Geological Survey says most big quakes in South America occur at a maximum depth of 70 kilometers.

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Ecuador

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck before dawn in Ecuador's eastern Amazon region 17 kilometers from the town of Montalvo near the border with Peru

Strong earthquake hits off Fiji, no tsunami threat

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The government's Seismology Unit says the earthquake 'does not pose any immediate threat to the Fiji region due to its deep depth'

Locator map of Fiji

No, don't roast marshmallows at the Hawaii volcano – USGS

May 30, 2018 - 6:17 PM

The USGS says the query came on Twitter and with a caveat – 'assuming you had a long enough stick.' It replies: 'Erm... we're going to have to say no, that's not safe. (Please don't try!)'

FISSURE. This image obtained from the US Geological Survey shows a USGS scientist in the Lower East Rift Zone documenting fissure 7 lava fountain on May 27, 2018, in Pahoa, Hawaii. Photo by Brett Walker/US Geological Survey/AFP

Medium intensity earthquake shakes southwest Mexico

Feb 19, 2018 - 4:26 PM

Residents are scared by a new, weaker earthquake occurring two days after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake

MEXICO. View of damaged buildings after the 7.2 earthquake at the Pinotepa Nacional community, Oaxaca state, Mexico, on February 18, 2018. File photo by Alfredo Estrella/AFP

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake strikes off Tonga

Oct 09, 2017 - 12:25 AM

The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the quake struck 154 kilometers northwest of the village of Pangai

6.5 magnitude earthquake hits off northern California coast – USGS

Dec 08, 2016 - 11:30 PM

3rd UPDATE The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says no Pacific wide tsunami threat was expected from the event and there was no specific threat to Hawaii

Western Japan jolted by 6.2-magnitude quake

Oct 21, 2016 - 1:48 PM

3rd UPDATE An aftershock at a magnitude of 5 0 strikes after the initial quake

6.4 magnitude earthquake hits northwest China – USGS

Oct 17, 2016 - 4:56 PM

The quake was 32 kilometers 20 miles deep USGS says with its epicenter in a sparsely populated area of Yushu prefecture There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage it says

6.5-magnitude earthquake hits Mati in Davao Oriental

Sep 24, 2016 - 7:58 AM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected after the earthquake

Tsunami but no damage after powerful 7.1 quake jolts New Zealand

Sep 02, 2016 - 1:40 AM

5th UPDATE The greatest wave height has already occurred further waves are anticipated to be up to 20 centimeters says the Civil Defense organization which is responsible for national emergency management

Quake hit in one of Italy's most seismically-prone regions

Aug 24, 2016 - 10:19 PM

Earthquakes are quite common in this part of central Italy says Bill McGuire emeritus professor of geophysical hazards at University College London UCL These quakes often happen near the surface changing the impact of the quake

ITALY'S QUAKE. Rescuers carry bodies of victims in the Italian central town of Pescara del Tronto, on August 24, 2016 after a powerful earthquake rocked central Italy. Photo by Marco Zeppetella/ AFP

Powerful quake hits Myanmar, damaging famed Bagan temples

Aug 24, 2016 - 7:09 PM

3rd UPDATE Several temples in the famous tourist destination of Bagan are heavily damaged

The ancient Dhammayangyi temple is seen shrouded in dust as a 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit Bagan on August 24, 2016. A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on August 24, killing at least one person and damaging pagodas in the ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84 kilometres (52 miles), was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing onto the streets. / AFP PHOTO / SOE MOE AUNG

7.7-magnitude quake off Northern Marianas

Jul 30, 2016 - 9:08 AM

The earthquake triggered no tsunami alert US monitors say

Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits Vanuatu

Jul 20, 2016 - 11:58 PM

The earthquake strikes at a depth of 164 kilometers and occurs 149 kilometers south southeast of the capital Port Vila

Ecuador struck by 6.7 magnitude quake – USGS

May 18, 2016 - 7:06 PM

The president says parts of Manabi and nearby Esmeraldas province are without power witj only minor damage reported in some areas

Quake-hit Ecuador announces drastic economic measures

Apr 21, 2016 - 3:13 PM

UPDATED The quake comes as a big economic blow to oil producing Ecuador which has already taken a huge hit from the drop in global crude prices

Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa looks on as he attends a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, April 20, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

New quake revives panic in Ecuador

Apr 20, 2016 - 6:03 PM

4th UPDATE The quake comes as the South American nation already reels from Saturday s 7 8 magnitude quake that hit Ecuador s coast in a zone popular with tourists not too far from the epicenter of Wednesday s quake

RECOVERING BODIES. Ecuadorian police recover the body of a victim at the Royal Hotel in Pedernales, Ecuador, early 20 April 2016, as rescue services continue looking for victims of the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that took place last 16 April 2016. Photo by José Jácome/EPA

Anger erupts as 1,700 still missing in Ecuador quake

Apr 20, 2016 - 8:42 AM

Hope of finding more victims alive was fading as the crucial 3 day mark approaches

GRIM SEARCH. Ecuadorian and Colombian firefighters looking for survivors in the rubble in Pedernales, Ecuador, April 19, 2016. Jose Jacome/EPA

Ecuador quake toll continues rising, now at 413

Apr 19, 2016 - 9:39 AM

Foreign countries and organizations dispatched rescue teams to help the search and medical units to treat the thousands of people injured

Rescue workers with trained dogs look for survivors in Pedernales, Ecuador, on April 18, 2016. Joseˆ Jacome/EPA

Rescuers pull out survivors of deadly Ecuador quake

Apr 18, 2016 - 8:08 AM

4th UPDATE The death toll climbs to 350 while the number of people injured also rose

DANGER. General view of the damages after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Quito, Ecuador, April 17, 2016. Fredy Constante/EPA

Ecuador quake toll rises to 233 dead

Apr 17, 2016 - 8:54 AM

8th UPDATE Vice President Jorge Glas says the earthquake is the worst seismic movement we have faced in decades

epa05264282 Inhabitants and army forces look for survivors after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the Ecuadorian northern coastal region, in the town of Pedernales, Ecuador, 17 April 2016. At least 233 people were killed and hundreds injured in an earthquake affecting the Ecuadorian northern coastal region. EPA/JOSE JACOME

Magnitude 7 earthquake strikes Japan

Apr 16, 2016 - 1:05 AM

3rd UPDATE The Japan Meteorological Agency initially issues a tsunami warning for the western coast of the Kyushu island where hundreds were injured in Thursday s quake but later lifts it

Japan locator map

Powerful quake rocks South Asia, one dead

Apr 10, 2016 - 7:11 PM

3rd UPDATE The quake strikes at a depth of 210 kilometers 130 miles and occurs some 282 kilometers northeast of the capital Kabul

Strong quake shakes Alaska, no tsunami warning

Apr 02, 2016 - 3:27 PM

UPDATED The earthquake in southeastern Alaska is not expected to generate a tsunami

Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits off Alaska – USGS

Mar 19, 2016 - 11:27 AM

The US Geological Survey says the quake occurred at 5:35 pm Anchorage time and was located at a depth of 6 2 miles some 45 miles south of Atka Alaska

No casualties from 7.0-magnitude quake in east Russia – authorities

Jan 30, 2016 - 12:15 PM

UPDATED The local branch of Russia s emergency situations ministry says the origin of the quake was located northwest of the regional capital Petropavlovsk Kamchatsky

TIMELINE: North Korean history and weapons development

Jan 06, 2016 - 2:19 PM

These are the key dates in North Korean history and its development of long range missiles and nuclear weapons

China border residents evacuated after North Korea test

Jan 06, 2016 - 1:47 PM

People near the frontier with North Korea clearly felt tremors on Wednesday morning after Pyongyang said it detonated a hydrogen bomb state media said

North Korea says conducted 'successful' H-bomb test

Jan 06, 2016 - 10:14 AM

6th UPDATE The announcement triggers swift international condemnation but also skepticism with experts suggesting the apparent yield is far too low for a thermonuclear device

ALERT. South Koreans watch TV news showing North Korea's breaking news, at Seoul station, in Seoul, South Korea, January 6, 2016. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake strikes southern Mexico

Dec 18, 2015 - 8:04 AM

The 94 kilometer deep 58 mile quake strikes at 1:49 pm 1949 GMT in the state of Chiapas some 7 kilometers east of the coastal town of Tres Picos according to the US Geological Survey

Strong 7.0-magnitude quake hits off Japan coast; no major damage

Nov 14, 2015 - 7:38 AM

UPDATED Still officials urge residents to exhibit caution

Moderate 5.4-magnitude earthquake rocks Tokyo

Sep 12, 2015 - 3:51 PM

UPDATED The US Geological Survey locates the epicenter of the 5 4 magnitude earthquake in Tokyo Bay

7.0 quake hits off Solomon Islands – USGS

Jul 18, 2015 - 11:11 AM

UPDATED The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says the tsunami threat from this earthquake has now mostly passed

At least 3 dead as 6.4 magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang

Jul 03, 2015 - 12:56 PM

The quake is 20 kilometers deep according to USGS which initially gives the magnitude as 6 1 A series of aftershocks follows with the strongest measuring 4 8 it says

Quake shakes buildings in Tokyo

May 25, 2015 - 2:27 PM

Scientist say there is no risk of a tsunami from the quake which had a magnitude of 5 6 according to an early record by the Japan Meteorological Agency

Nepal government runs quake relief operation from tents

May 14, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Nepal s government is now racing to deliver relief to remote mountainous areas in the east of the country worst hit by the latest quake

Nepalese military personnel clean up the ruins of damaged Machhindra Bahal temple in Bungamati, Nepal, May 14, 2015. Mast Irham/EPA

Rescuers battle to reach survivors of new Nepal quake

May 13, 2015 - 12:35 PM

65 people have been confirmed dead so far in the latest quake which was centered 76 kilometers 47 miles east of Kathmandu and also killed 17 people in northern India

SHAKEN AGAIN. A rescue team member walks on a collapsed house after another powerful earthquake struck, in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. Hemanta Shrestha/EPA

New quake hits shattered Nepal

May 12, 2015 - 3:43 PM

UPDATED The quake struck at 12:35pm local time in the Himalayan nation some 76 kilometers 47 miles east of Kathmandu more than two weeks after a 7 8 magnitude quake which killed more than 8 000 people

In this file photo, people inspect the damage of the collapsed landmark Dharahara, also called Bhimsen Tower, after an earthquake caused serious damage in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. Narendra Shrestha/EPA

Magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off PNG, Solomon Islands

May 07, 2015 - 3:51 PM

The quake hits at a depth of 22 kilometers 13 miles some 149 kilometers southwest of Panguna in PNG and 642 kilometers from the Solomons capital Honiara

Strong earthquake rattles New Zealand – seismologists

Apr 24, 2015 - 1:16 PM

The quake makes shoppers panic but brought about no reports of any major damage

Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted

Apr 20, 2015 - 10:10 AM

3RD UPDATE One man dies and another is hospitalized in a fire caused by the powerful quake

SHAKEN. Lu Pei-ling, deputy director of the Taiwanese Seismological Observation Center, points to a graph after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Hualien, in Taipei, Taiwan, 20 Apriil 2015. David Chang/EPA

Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea

Mar 30, 2015 - 8:35 AM

UPDATED Officials are still unable to make contact with more remote areas to determine whether there had been any sea level changes

Experts hike risk of big California quake in next 30 years

Mar 11, 2015 - 9:46 AM

While seismic activity in California has stayed mild in the last century experts expect a big one to strike some time in the future – they just don t know when

The north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge through the fog with the city of San Francisco in the background in San Francisco, California, USA, 08 September 2013. John G. Mabanglo/EPA

Minor tsunami hits Japan after undersea quake

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:27 AM

UPDATED An official tells a Tokyo news conference that geologists regard the quake as an aftershock of the 2011 earthquake