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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 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

Deep 6.3-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Indonesia disaster agency says the quake was felt weakly in Tiakur for about 3 to 5 seconds

Strong undersea earthquake off Fiji, but no tsunami

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the tremor which occurred at 4:25 am Manila time

Three dead, 200 hurt as strong quake jolts Japan's Osaka

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(5th UPDATE) Among the casualties is a 9-year-old girl who died in the city of Takatsuki, north of Osaka city, reportedly trapped by a collapsed wall following the 5.3-magnitude quake

WALKING BACK. Passengers from a train walk along railroad tracks following an earthquake in Osaka on June 18, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Helicopters rescue residents from fresh Hawaii volcano lava flow

May 20, 2018 - 12:00 AM

The USGS adds that 'smoke from burning vegetation as lava flows advance is also contributing to poor air quality'

ERUPTION. Lava erupts from a Kilauea volcano fissure near a home at dawn on Hawaii's Big Island on May 18, 2018 in Kapoho, Hawaii. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off eastern Indonesia – USGS

Feb 26, 2018 - 10:28 PM

(UPDATED) The quake occurs at a depth of 11.9 kilometers (7 miles) and its epicenter is in the Seram Sea around 194 kilometers (121 miles) northwest of Ambon, capital of Maluku province, according to USGS.

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

Strong 6.4 earthquake hits Indonesia's Sumatra – USGS

Aug 13, 2017 - 11:53 AM

UPDATED The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometers 22 miles at 10:08 am 0308 GMT 73 km west of Bengkulu according to the United States Geological Survey

Computer glitch causes false California quake alert

Jun 22, 2017 - 9:30 AM

The email was the result of a software glitch that turned an update of the magnitude of 1925 Santa Barbara quake M6 8 into a 2025 quake

LA MORNING. A morning view of downtown Los Angeles with the 101 freeway in the foreground, January 1, 2017 from the Hollywood Bowl Overlook in Hollywood, California. Robyn Beck/AFP

Shallow quake hits southern Taiwan – USGS

Feb 11, 2017 - 11:02 AM

There are no reported deaths following Saturday s moderate 5 6 magnitude earthquake

6 dead as magnitude 6.7 earthquake hits Mindanao

Feb 10, 2017 - 11:03 PM

7th UPDATE Surigao City s public information officer says some roads and bridges are no longer passable The quake also damages some buildings and houses

AFTER THE QUAKE. Aftermath from the magnitude 6.5 earthquake that rocked Surigao City on February 10, 2017. Photo by Jong Labrador

6.0 magnitude earthquake strikes south of Fiji Islands

Jan 02, 2017 - 10:13 PM

The USGS says the quake struck at a depth of 549 kilometers at around 9:14 pm Manila time

5.5-magnitude quake strikes near Japan's east coast – USGS

Dec 31, 2016 - 7:31 AM

The moderate earthquake hits at a shallow depth of 11 kilometers

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

6.5 magnitude quake hits China's Xinjiang region – USGS

Nov 25, 2016 - 11:18 PM

UPDATED The quake hits near the Tajik border and approximately 172 kilometers west of the Chinese city of Kashgar

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Nov 22, 2016 - 2:12 PM

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Strong quake hits Japan, triggers Fukushima tsunami

Nov 22, 2016 - 6:38 AM

UPDATED There are no signs immediate signs of widespread damage and only a handful of minor injuries are reported but people along the coast are badly shaken

Japan's Meteorological Agency official Koji Nakamura gives a briefing following a 6.9-magnitude earthquake that hit the country's northeast, in Tokyo on November 22, 2016. Jiji Press/AFP

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

Powerful quakes strike off Fiji, Tonga, but no tsunami risk

Sep 25, 2016 - 7:43 AM

The USGS says there is a low likelihood of casualties and damage

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes Mindanao

Sep 16, 2016 - 4:58 PM

The earthquake occurs 3 kilometers east southeast of Kalbay in Davao del Sur

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

Strong 6.0 quake hits northern Japan – USGS

Aug 21, 2016 - 1:02 AM

The tremors come 7 hours after another 6 0 magnitude quake struck the same area on Saturday There is no threat of a tsunami

5.4-magnitude earthquake hits Panay island

Aug 15, 2016 - 8:17 PM

The epicenter is located some 31 kilometers northwest of Tigbauan town in Iloilo province and 10 km east northeast of San Remigio town in Antique province

The epicenter of the earthquake in the southern part of Panay island, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology.

7.2-magnitude quake hits off New Caledonia, no tsunami threat

Aug 12, 2016 - 10:10 AM

New Caledonia is part of the Ring of Fire a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions

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

Strong 6.3 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador – USGS

Jul 11, 2016 - 10:53 AM

3rd UPDATE The USGS revises slightly downward its initial estimate of the strength of both quakes Earthquake monitors in Ecuador have similar readings

Google adds real-time earthquake details to search results

Jul 01, 2016 - 9:32 PM

Users can search for earthquake or earthquakes near me to yield an information card with an updated list of earthquakes that have recently occurred

EARTHQUAKE CARD. Google adds updated information on earthquakes in 'Earthquake' search results. Screen shot from Google.

Magnitude 6.2 quake strikes Vanuatu

Jun 14, 2016 - 10:46 PM

UPDATED The quake strikes at a depth of 131 km and occurs at approximately 9:49 pm Manila time

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

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

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

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6.0 earthquake hits off Vanuatu coast

Apr 14, 2016 - 9:49 PM

The quake strikes at a depth of 10 kilometers 6 miles some 86 kilometers 53 miles away from the town of Port Orly USGS reports There is no immediate tsunami warning

Magnitude 6.9 quake hits Myanmar

Apr 13, 2016 - 10:35 PM

3rd UPDATE The quake strikes at a depth of 134 kilometers and is located some 396 kilometers north northwest of Naypyidaw

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

6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia – USGS

Apr 06, 2016 - 11:42 PM

The earthquake hits at 9:45 pm local time 1445 GMT the US Geological Survey says some 110 kilometers 68 miles south of the city of Banjar in West Java at a depth of 35 kilometers

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

5.8-magnitude quake hits New Zealand city – USGS

Feb 14, 2016 - 9:33 AM

The quake strikes a week before the 5th anniversary of a deadly 6 3 tremor in Christchurch which killed 185 in one of New Zealand s deadliest disasters

Strong quake hits Mediterranean between Morocco and Spain – USGS

Jan 25, 2016 - 12:52 PM

UPDATED The shallow quake hit at 4:22 am local time 0422 GMT 62 kilometers 39 miles north of the Moroccan city of Al Hoceima and 164 kilometers east southeast of Gibraltar

Alaska hit by 6.8-magnitude earthquake – USGS

Jan 24, 2016 - 7:58 PM

UPDATED No risk of a tidal wave as the earthquake is located too deep inside the earth Pacific Tsunami Warning Center says

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 6.8-magnitude quake rocks Chile – USGS

Nov 07, 2015 - 4:41 PM

UPDATED The earthquake hits the central Coquimbo region at a depth of 36 kilometers

Locator map of Chile

Powerful Chile quake kills at least five, 1M evacuated

Sep 17, 2015 - 8:06 AM

4TH UPDATE In Chile thousands of terrified residents rush out onto the streets in the capital Santiago The quake is felt as far away as Argentina where buildings also swayed

CHILE QUAKE. People remain in the street after a strong quake in Concon, 110 kms northwest of Santiago on September 16, 2015. Photo by Esteban Zuniga/AFP

Strong 6.6-magnitude quake hits northwest Mexico – USGS

Sep 13, 2015 - 5:10 PM

UPDATED The 10 kilometer 6 mile deep quake is located some 59 kilometers southwest of the Sinaloa town of Topolobampo according to the USGS