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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

Powerful quake in southern Mexico kills 6

Jun 24, 2020 - 3:28 PM

The earthquake hits at a time when Mexico is already reeling from the coronavirus pandemic

PANIC. People get to the streets in Mexico City following a quake on June 23, 2020 amid the COVID-19 novel coronavirus pandemic.  Photo by Claudio Cruz/AFP

Powerful quake strikes Mexico, tsunami alert dropped

Jun 24, 2020 - 12:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'With all the virus problems and now the tremors, and I've just lost one child and the other is ill, so imagine (how I'm feeling),' a local woman says

AFTERMATH. People are seen outside a hospital after a quake in Mexico City, on June 23, 2020, amid the new coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP

New Zealand PM unruffled as earthquake hits mid-interview

May 25, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'Quite a decent shake here, if you see things moving behind me,' Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says, smiling

CALM AND COMPOSED. New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern at the Parliament House in Wellington on April 27, 2020. Photo by Mark Mitchell/AFP

LOOK: Magnitude 5.4 earthquake damages supermarket in Baler, Aurora

May 23, 2020 - 9:33 PM

The Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office of Baler recommends the closure of the Puregold supermarket damaged by the temblor

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes Aurora

May 23, 2020 - 10:40 AM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says damage and aftershocks are expected following the earthquake that was also felt in Metro Manila

Image from Phivolcs

4 dead after earthquake in southwest China

May 19, 2020 - 1:30 PM

The magnitude 5.0 earthquake hits near the city of Zhaotong, which has a population of over 6 million

EARTHQUAKE. A woman stands outside a restaurant after a 5.0-magnitude earthquake in Qiaojia county, Zhaotong city, in China's southwestern Yunnan province early on May 19, 2020. Photo by AFP

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocks Occidental Mindoro

May 10, 2020 - 10:08 AM

The earthquake is felt in parts of NCR, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Cavite, Batangas, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, and Aurora

Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes in Indonesia's Banda Sea, no tsunami alert

May 06, 2020 - 10:45 PM

The epicenter is about 390 kilometers south of the city of Ambon in the archipelago's Maluku province

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Sarangani

Mar 27, 2020 - 12:17 AM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs warns that damage and aftershocks are expected after the earthquake on late Thursday night, March 26

EARTHQUAKE. A magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits Sarangani on March 26, 2020. Image from Phivolcs

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 6.3 earthquake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The temblor strikes at 1:45 am with an epicenter 255 kilometers south of the town of Nusa Dua, reports the US Geological Service

DISINFECT. A health worker sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in a tourist area in Sanur on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 16, 2020. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Nationwide earthquake drill canceled due to coronavirus outbreak

Mar 10, 2020 - 4:45 PM

The NDRRMC says the first quarter drill was canceled to 'ensure public health safety of the drill participants and to prevent the possible risk of contracting COVID-19'

PREPARED. Corazon Elementary School pupils in Batasan, Quezon City, participate in a simultaneous nationwide earthquake drill on Thursday, June 20 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake hits Leyte

Mar 02, 2020 - 10:07 AM

The jolt was felt all the way in Cebu City and towns across the northern end of the island

DILG orders LGUs to craft plans for the 'Big One' in 90 days

Feb 26, 2020 - 6:52 PM

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año says local officials that fail to do so may face administrative, even criminal cases

Quake in Iran kills 8 in neighboring Turkey

Feb 23, 2020 - 4:46 PM

(UPDATED) 21 people are injured after the magnitude 5.7 quake, with 8 of them in critical condition

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

Major quake hits Caribbean, triggering evacuations

Jan 29, 2020 - 7:51 AM

The quake triggers a brief tsunami alert and sends hundreds of people pouring onto the streets of Havana

QUAKE. Nicolas Jimenez (R) stands outside of an office building after he and others were evacuated after an earthquake struck south of Cuba on January 28, 2020 in Miami, Florida. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images/AFP

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes Solomon Islands

Jan 27, 2020 - 2:22 PM

(UPDATED) The US Geological Survey says the earthquake strikes at a depth of 17.7 kilometers some 140 kilometers southeast of the Pacific nation's capital Honiara

Turkey quake death toll rises to 31

Jan 26, 2020 - 4:26 PM

Rescuers scramble over the weekend to search for and rescue people alive from under the rubble

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Turkish officials and police work at the scene of a collapsed building following a 6.8 magnitude earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey on January 24, 2020. Photo by Ilyas Akengin/AFP

Rescuers scramble to find survivors after Turkey quake kills 22

Jan 25, 2020 - 9:19 PM

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake causes buildings to collapse and kills at least 22 people

Rescue workers carry a survivor on a stretcher at the site of a collapsed residential building after an earthquake in Elazig, eastern Turkey, on January 25, 2020. - A powerful earthquake has killed at least 21 people and injured more than 1,000 in eastern Turkey, as rescue teams searched through the rubble of collapsed buildings for survivors on January 25, 2020. (Photo by STR / MEZOPOTAMYA AGENCY / AFP) / Turkey OUT

Fast response: How Tokyo Olympics will cope if earthquake strikes

Jan 22, 2020 - 10:19 AM

Earthquakes, typhoons, or terrorist attacks can strike anytime, and organizers want to be as prepared as possible

RESCUE DRILL. Members of the Japan Self-Defence Forces and a Tokyo Fire Department rescuer check on dummies of injured persons during a simulation disaster drill at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, a venue for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, in Tokyo on December 19, 2019. Photo by Behrouz Mehri/AFP

Puerto Rico earthquake victims receive years-old, abandoned emergency supplies

Jan 22, 2020 - 8:26 AM

Residents are irate when two warehouses are found to be filled with thousands of abandoned supplies

OLD SUPPLIES. A young man kneels next to a portable gas stove he removed from a warehouse filled with supplies, including thousands of cases of water, believed to have been from when Hurricane Maria struck the island in 2017 in Ponce, Puerto Rico on January 18, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP)

Living in tents, thousands of Puerto Rico's earthquake survivors wait for relief

Jan 16, 2020 - 9:59 AM

Some 5,000 people are hoping that their president, Donald Trump, will heed the island's plea to be designated a disaster zone and free up much-needed aid

ROUGHING IT. Juan Santiago gets ready for work as his wife, Solmely Velazquez looks on in their tent in a baseball field in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 15, 2020, after a powerful earthquake hit the island. (Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP)

FAST FACTS: What you should know about volcanic earthquakes

Jan 14, 2020 - 6:12 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says volcanic earthquakes are induced by 'rising lava or magma beneath active volcanoes'

Photo courtesy of the Philippine Air Force

FALSE: 'Magnitude 7.8 earthquake on January 15' after Taal eruption

Jan 13, 2020 - 3:44 PM

Phivolcs maintains that there is 'no reliable technology in the world that can confidently predict the date, time, and location of large earthquakes'

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

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake leaves 1 dead in Puerto Rico – media

Jan 07, 2020 - 5:10 PM

(4th UPDATE) The earthquake's first reported victim, a 73-year-old resident of the southern city of Ponce, died after a wall fell in his home

EARTHQUAKE WORRIES. People remain outdoors for fear of possible aftershocks in Guanica, Puerto Rico on January 8, 2020, one day after an earthquake. Photo by Ricardo Arduengo/AFP

In Davao del Sur, earthquake victims to have noche buena in tents

Dec 24, 2019 - 5:10 PM

‘If we will celebrate, we will just open canned goods and cook rice.... But we are thankful to be alive’

COPING. Children play, trying to cope with their situation as evacuees. Photo by Allan Nawal/Rappler

Death toll in Davao del Sur earthquake rises to 9

Dec 18, 2019 - 11:01 AM

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council says over a hundred people were injured by the magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck Davao del Sur on December 15

DAVAO EARTHQUAKE. Soldiers walk among debris in Padada town, Davao del Sur on December 16, 2019, a day after the 6.9 magnitude earthquake. Photo by Manman Dejeto/AFP

#ReliefPH: Help victims of the Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 17, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) Here's where you can make in-kind and monetary donations to help people affected by the Davao del Sur earthquake

Robredo skips attack on drug war, urges help for quake victims instead

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:48 AM

'Magkaisa tayong magpadala ng tulong,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

HELP OVER CONFLICT. Vice President Leni Robredo defers publishing her findings in her brief stint as ICAD co-chair. OVP file photo

At least 4 now dead after Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 16, 2019 - 11:40 AM

Of the 4 dead, 3 have been confirmed. Two of the bodies are retrieved from the collapsed Southern grocery store in Barangay Poblacion, with one yet to be recovered.

LOOKING FOR LIFE. PNP Soco personnel and rescuers, with heavy equipment on standby, try to find signs of life inside the collapsed Southern Grocery store in Padada, Davao del Sur on Monday. Rappler Photo

IN PHOTOS: Strong Davao del Sur earthquake causes serious damage

Dec 15, 2019 - 7:40 PM

Several buildings in Davao del Sur are destroyed, including the Southern Trade commercial center and the Magsaysay Municipal Hall

COLLAPSE. Southern Trade in Padada, Davao del Sur collapses after a magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15. Photo from SaiJay Gascon

At least 1 dead in Davao del Sur earthquake

Dec 15, 2019 - 6:50 PM

The fatality, a 6-year-old girl, was reportedly unable to get out of their house which collapsed

LOOK: The Municipal Hall in Magsaysay, Davao del Sur was further damaged following a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the area on Sunday afternoon, December 15, according to PDRRMC DavNor. Photos from Anthony Allada

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, December 16, 2019

Dec 15, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Bookmark and refresh this page for a list of areas where classes have been suspended for Monday, December 16, 2019

Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes Davao del Sur

Dec 15, 2019 - 2:48 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Phivolcs warns that damage and aftershocks are expected after the earthquake on Sunday afternoon, December 15

Almost 50 dead, more than 5,000 displaced in Albania quake

Nov 29, 2019 - 7:42 PM

The magnitude 6.4 earthquake that jolted Albania before dawn on Tuesday is the most deadly and destructive in decades

ALBANIA EARTHQUAKE EFFORTS. Rescue teams and firefighters carry a victim found under the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Durres, western Albania on November 28, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

40 dead as families pulled from Albania earthquake rubble

Nov 28, 2019 - 6:54 PM

At least 47 people have been rescued alive. Survivors have been hospitalized and are 'in a state of shock and worried about their loved ones,' defense ministry spokeswoman Albana Qehajaj told AFP

ALBANIA EARTHQUAKE. Rescue teams and firefighters search for survivors stuck on a collapsed building in the town of Durres on November 28, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

Albania races against time to find earthquake survivors

Nov 28, 2019 - 12:06 AM

Albania is one of the poorest countries in Europe, but experts, rescue teams and emergency aid have flowed in from around the continent after the earthquake

SEARCH AND RESCUE. Italian search and rescue workers look for survivors stuck under the rubble of a collapsed building in the town of Durres, western Albania on November 27, 2019. Photo by Armend Nimani/AFP

13 dead, hundreds hurt as powerful earthquake jolts Albania

Nov 26, 2019 - 4:21 PM

(UPDATED) The worst damage is in and around the coastal city of Durres, where soldiers, police and civilian forces were working to reach those believed to be trapped inside buildings that were reduced to dust

ALBANIA EARTHQUAKE. Emergency workers clear debris at a damaged building in Thumane, 34 kilometres (about 20 miles) northwest of capital Tirana, after an earthquake hit Albania, on November 26, 2019. Photo by Gent Shkullaku/AFP

EU donates P28-M for victims of Cotabato earthquakes

Nov 25, 2019 - 5:21 PM

The donation is expected to support efforts to deliver emergency shelter, food, clean water, and psychosocial support to victims of the series of strong earthquakes that struck Cotabato in October

HOMES LOST. A man stands over a damaged home in Barangay Ilomavis, Cotabato. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

Magnitude 5.9 temblor jolts Bukidnon

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:48 AM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says Kadingilan, Bukidnon was the epicenter of the earthquake which struck Monday night

SAFETY. Patients of Bukidnon provincial hospital in  Kibawe are evacuated Monday following the magnitude 5.9 earthquake. Photo courtesy of Kibawe DRRMO

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Bukidnon

Nov 18, 2019 - 10:04 PM

Initial reports say the epicenter of the earthquake is located in Kadingilan, Bukidnon

IN PHOTOS: Damaged gov't facilities in Cotabato need rehab aid

Nov 16, 2019 - 6:42 PM

Mayors of the affected local government units are asking for assistance to restore public facilities


PH Army gives up 2 meals to build homes for Mindanao quake victims

Nov 16, 2019 - 8:00 AM

Each soldier gives P100 – their allowance for two meals – to buy land and materials for 100 temporary houses

TEMPORARY HOME. Members of the Philippine Army give up two meal allowances to shore up funds to buy a lot and build 'Kobe-type' shelters for earthquake victims in Mindanao. Photo from the Philippine Army

Building back better: QC helps Cotabato assess damage after earthquakes

Nov 15, 2019 - 8:59 PM

Instead of extending financial aid and relief goods, the Quezon City government conducts consultations and damage assessment in affected LGUs

BUILD BACK BETTER. Quezon City engineers assessed government facilities and private establishments in local government units that were affected by the earthquakes in Cotabato. Photo from QC DRRMC

MinDA project to help Mindanao earthquake victims rebuild their lives

Nov 15, 2019 - 4:01 PM

Under the Tienda Project, earthquake victims will form cooperatives that will operate stories selling basic goods at reasonable prices

PROJECT FOR QUAKE VICTIMS. A woman displaced by the recent earthquakes in Mindanao buys her needs at the MinDA-organized Tienda outlet in Bansalan, Davao del Sur on November 15, 2019. Photo from the Mindanao Development Authority

As Martin turns 56, Romualdezes donate P500,000 to Mindanao earthquake victims

Nov 15, 2019 - 12:30 PM

House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez throws a big birthday party attended by prominent personalities in Philippine politics and business

DONATION. House Majority Leader Martin Romualdez and his wife Tingog Sinirangan Representative Yedda Marie Romualdez hand the heque of their donation to Dumper Representative Claudine Bautista and South Cotabato 2nd District Representative Ferdinand Hernandez.  Photo by Mara Cepeda, Rappler

Strong magnitude 7.1 earthquake off Indonesia

Nov 15, 2019 - 7:57 AM

The US tsunami warning center says a 'destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected'