Earthquake News

  • Earthquake of 5.8 magnitude strikes off Peru - USGS Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    LONDON (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 struck off the coast of Peru on Monday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The USGS said the quake's epicentre was 145 kilometres (90 miles) south of Puquio and 34 kilometres deep. (editing by John Stonestreet) More »

  • 5.4 quake hits southern Mexico, but no damage or injuries Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A 5.4-magnitude earthquake shook Mexico's southern state of Oaxaca on Sunday morning, though Mexican officials said no injuries or significant damage was reported. More »

  • Egypt sees sandstorm and earthquake on the same day Sat, Jun 27, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt faced treacherous weather conditions Saturday as a sandstorm blanketed the north of the country and a magnitude-5.2 earthquake centered in the Sinai peninsula shook buildings more than 200 miles away in the capital, Cairo. More »

  • Quake-hit Nepal faces scrutiny in distributing aid billions Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    By Ross Adkin CHAUTARA, Nepal (Reuters) - Compensation is starting to reach families in the regions worst hit by Nepal's devastating earthquakes, amid close scrutiny of how billions of dollars pledged this week by global powers will be distributed to rebuild the shattered Himalayan nation. Nepal received on Thursday pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion for reconstruction after two quakes on April 25 and May 12, killed 8,832 people, injured more than 22,000 and destroyed or damaged half a million homes. "We are encouraging deposits into bank accounts to reduce irregularities," Govind Raj Pokharel, chairman of the National Planning Commission, told Reuters. More »

  • Haiti seeks to control 'city' that emerged from quake
    Haiti seeks to control 'city' that emerged from quake Fri, Jun 26, 2015

    Before the January 2010 earthquake destroyed much of Haiti's capital, the only occupants of the arid hills near the city's northern edge were skinny goats foraging amid the cactus and scrub. Today, hardware ... More »

  • Nepal quake: As monsoon hits, foreign donors pledge $4.4 billion in aid Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    With 90 percent of houses in ruins, Sindhupalchowk is the worst-hit district in Nepal – even though the epicenter of the quake was relatively far away, in Gorkha district. Take our geography quiz. Meanwhile in Kathmandu, exactly two months after the initial quake, more than 50 foreign nations and donor agencies at a one-day conference today pledged over $4.4 billion dollars to help Nepal recover. More »

  • Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Nepal quake aid
    Donors pledge $4.4 billion in Nepal quake aid Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Earthquake-hit Nepal received pledges of aid worth $4.4 billion (2.80 billion pounds) on Thursday, or two-thirds of the amount needed over five years for reconstruction after a devastating earthquake two months ago, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat said. Half of the money pledged at an international conference in Kathmandu is in the form of grants and the rest is in the form of concessional loans, Mahat said. "Nepal and concerned donors will have to negotiate the details of the projects, time frame and modalities of aid. More »

  • Donors pledge $4.4 billion for earthquake-hit Nepal
    Donors pledge $4.4 billion for earthquake-hit Nepal Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Donor nations and agencies announced $4.4 billion in aid for Nepal on Thursday, covering about two-thirds of what the Himalayan nation says it needs to rebuild from devastating earthquakes that killed more than 8,800 people and made millions homeless. More »

  • Donors pledge $4.4bn in aid to quake-hit Nepal
    Donors pledge $4.4bn in aid to quake-hit Nepal Thu, Jun 25, 2015

    Quake-devastated Nepal Thursday hailed international donors, led by India and China, for surpassing expectations and pledging $4.4 billion for reconstruction, as the country's premier vowed "zero tolerance" of corruption and said all aid would go to victims. More »

  • Nepalese in US can stay while country recovers from quake Wed, Jun 24, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. homeland security officials will let Nepalese citizens stay in the United States while their country recovers from April's devastating earthquake and aftershocks. More »

  • World Bank promises loan of up to $500 million for quake-hit Nepal
    World Bank promises loan of up to $500 million for quake-hit Nepal Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The World Bank on Tuesday promised a loan of up to half a billion dollars to help Nepal rebuild after earthquakes killed nearly 9,000 people there in April and May, levelling homes and pushing hundreds of thousands of people deeper into poverty. The global development lender, based in Washington, said it would lend $300 million (190.11 million pounds) for housing reconstruction and budgetary support, and a further $100 million to $200 million could be redirected from existing loans and be replaced at a later date. Nepal said reconstruction from its worst disaster on record would cost some $6.6 billion over five years, and asked international donors to attend a conference this week to help. More »

  • Strong earthquake hits south of Tokyo; no tsunami danger Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — A strong earthquake struck off an island chain south of Tokyo on Tuesday, but officials said there was no danger of a tsunami. More »

  • Strong quake strikes off Japan, no tsunami alert Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 struck deep under the seabed off the coast of Japan south of Tokyo on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The quake's epicentre was near the Ogasawara islands south of Tokyo, the agency said, adding that a tsunami warning had not been issued. The quake's preliminary depth was put at 480 km (300 miles) below the seabed. More »

  • Powerful earthquake hits off island south of Tokyo, officials say no danger … Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Powerful earthquake hits off island south of Tokyo, officials say no danger of tsunami. More »

  • Dutch government cuts gas drilling in quake-hit region Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    The Dutch government is further cutting production of natural gas in the north of the country in an attempt to reduce the number of small earthquakes blamed on the drilling. Economic Affairs Minister Henk ... More »

  • Bleak prospects for injured survivors of Nepali quake
    Bleak prospects for injured survivors of Nepali quake Tue, Jun 23, 2015

    TRISULI, Nepal (AP) — The powerful earthquakes that shook Nepal in April and May took more than 8,700 lives, but they also injured more than 22,000 people who are now struggling to recover from broken bones, lost limbs and other injuries, uncertain if they will ever be able to return to the lives they once knew. More »

  • Strong earthquake in Chile, no known damage or injuries Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A strong earthquake was registered off the coast of southern Chile late Friday, but the country's National Emergency Office said there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Shallow quake of 6.4 magnitude strikes off Chile, no damage Sat, Jun 20, 2015

    There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. Chile's Navy said the quake did not meet the conditions to create a tsunami off the country's coastline. There are no reports of damage to people, or basic services or infrastructure due to the quake, Chile's Onemi emergency office said. More »

  • Mount Everest Moves 1 Inch After Earthquake
    Mount Everest Moves 1 Inch After Earthquake Wed, Jun 17, 2015

    The incredible energy unleashed by the magnitude-7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 moved Mount Everest more than an inch. The world's tallest mountain shifted 1.18 inches (3 centimeters) to the southwest during the quake, according to the state-run China Daily newspaper, which cited a new report by China's National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation. But Everest's movement during the quake was small potatoes compared with the shifting of regions around Kathmandu, Nepal's capital during the quake. More »

  • SEA Games ends with moving tribute to earthquake victims Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Singaporean president Tony Tan officially declared the Games over after Tan Chuan-Jin, the president of the SEA Games Federation, delivered an emotional closing speech, paying tribute to the victims of the Mount Kinabalu earthquake in nearby Borneo. Eighteen people, including a teacher and eight Singaporean primary school children died in the quake, which occurred on June 5, the same day as the Opening Ceremony for the SEA Games. Singapore and Malaysia both observed an official day of mourning with flags flown at half-mast and a minute's silence observed at all the SEA Games venues. More »

  • Everest Moved By Deadly Nepal Earthquake
    Everest Moved By Deadly Nepal Earthquake Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    Mount Everest has shifted three centimetres (1.2 inches) to the southwest because of the devastating Nepal earthquake, according to Chinese research. The 7.8 magnitude quake in April reversed the gradual northeasterly course of the world's tallest mountain, the National Administration of Surveying, Mapping and Geoinformation found. Before the earthquake, Mt Everest had moved 40 centimetres to the northeast over the last decade, at a rate of four centimetres a year, according to the research, published in Chinese state media. More »

  • Mount Everest shifted southwest due to Nepal earthquake
    Mount Everest shifted southwest due to Nepal earthquake Tue, Jun 16, 2015

    A devastating earthquake that hit Nepal in April moved Mount Everest three centimetres (just over an inch) to the southwest, but did not change its height, according to Chinese research published on Tuesday. More »

  • Quake-hit Nepal reopens damaged heritage sites for tourists
    Quake-hit Nepal reopens damaged heritage sites for tourists Mon, Jun 15, 2015

    BHAKTAPUR, Nepal (AP) — Nepal on Monday reopened most of the cultural heritage sites that were damaged in a pair of devastating earthquakes, hoping to lure back foreign tourists. More »

  • Aid-dependent Nepal says needs $6.6 billion for post-quake rebuilding
    Aid-dependent Nepal says needs $6.6 billion for post-quake rebuilding Sat, Jun 13, 2015

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Earthquake-battered Nepal will ask international donors to support a reconstruction plans that is expected to cost $6.6 billion (4.2 billion pounds) over five years, the government said on Saturday. Suman Prasad Sharma, a senior finance ministry official, said 36 countries and 24 donor agencies had been invited to a conference on June 25 to pledge support for reconstruction. "We have expectations of a very handsome and good support from our donors during the conference," Sharma said at a function in Kathmandu. More »

  • Texas regulators: Disposal wells didn't cause 4.0 earthquake Fri, Jun 12, 2015

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas oil and gas regulators say there is no evidence that a record 4.0 earthquake last month in the northern part of the state was caused by injecting oilfield waste into underground wells. More »

  • Magnitude-6.0 quake strikes Chile; no damage reported Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-6.0 earthquake struck northern Chile on Wednesday, but authorities said they had no reports of injuries or damage. More »

  • Malaysia detains 4 accused of posing naked at quake-hit peak
    Malaysia detains 4 accused of posing naked at quake-hit peak Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Police have detained four Westerners accused of posing naked to take photos on a Malaysian mountain — an act that has been blamed for causing the earthquake that killed 18 climbers last week. More »

  • Briton Held For Nude Photos At Quake-Hit Peak
    Briton Held For Nude Photos At Quake-Hit Peak Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    A Briton is among four tourists arrested in Malaysia for allegedly stripping naked on the country's highest peak - an act blamed by some locals for causing a deadly earthquake. Pictures of 10 naked tourists had spread on social media and infuriated locals following the 5.9-magnitude quake that struck near Mount Kinabalu on Friday, killing 18 climbers. Police obtained a court order to detain four of them for four days while they are investigated for indecent behaviour, said Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, the police commissioner for the Malaysian State of Sabah where the mountain is located. More »

  • Malaysia detains Western tourists over nude pix on quake-hit peak
    Malaysia detains Western tourists over nude pix on quake-hit peak Wed, Jun 10, 2015

    Malaysian authorities have detained four tourists -- two Canadians, a Briton and one Dutch national -- for allegedly stripping naked on Mount Kinabalu, an act some locals say angered tribal spirits and caused a deadly earthquake, officials said. More »

  • Could Nepal's earthquake finally break a political deadlock? Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Quake-ravaged Nepal woke to some rare good news Tuesday as long-warring political parties sealed a major deal that could lead to the country's first modern constitution. Take our geography quiz. Four major parties in the Constituent Assembly broke the deadlock Monday. More »

  • Malaysia arrests foreigner over nude pictures in quake furore Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    Malaysian authorities on Tuesday arrested a foreign national for allegedly stripping naked to pose for pictures on the country's highest peak, Mount Kinabalu, an act some Malaysians have said angered the spirits of the mountain and caused an earthquake. Police in the eastern state of Sabah arrested a foreign woman involved in the incident, state news agency Bernama reported. Acting police chief Keong Ho Eng said the woman was held at the airport in the town of Tawau on Tuesday afternoon, as she was about to leave for Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital. More »

  • Strong quake rattles Greek capital Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A magnitude-5.2 earthquake rattled Greece's capital early Tuesday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Earthquake felt in Greek capital, no reports of injuries Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    ATHENS (Reuters) - An earthquake shook central Greece early on Tuesday and was felt as far away as the capital, Athens, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, Greek authorities said. The quake of 5.2 magnitude occurred at 0109 GMT, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said on its website. Its epicentre was 5 km (3 miles) deep near the city of Chalkida on Evia island. "It was certainly felt, but so far we have not received any calls for assistance," a Greek fire brigade official in Athens said. Greece is often rattled by earthquakes, most causing no serious damage. ... More »

  • 5.2-magnitude quake strikes north of Athens
    5.2-magnitude quake strikes north of Athens Tue, Jun 9, 2015

    A 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck north of Athens early Tuesday morning, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), but while it was felt in the Greek capital there were no reported casualties. More »

  • Nepal parties resolve disputes over constitution after quake
    Nepal parties resolve disputes over constitution after quake Mon, Jun 8, 2015

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Feuding political parties said on Monday they had agreed to split Nepal into eight federal provinces, ending years of stalemate over the new constitution intended to stabilise the country after civil war and the abolition of its monarchy. The agreement came a month after deadly earthquakes shattered Nepal and analysts said politicians may have shown greater urgency to overcome the impasse following criticism of their response to the disaster. Nepal has missed several deadlines to write a first post-monarchy constitution for the impoverished Himalayan nation of 28 million people. More »