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Tokyo area hit by magnitude 4.7 earthquake

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 4.7 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Friday…

  • Earthquake Shakes Rutland Residents Awake
    Earthquake Shakes Rutland Residents Awake 14 hours ago

    A 3.2-magnitude has rattled residents of Oakham in Rutland, with some describing it as a feeling like an "explosion" or "massive bang". Former English rugby union player Austin Healey and Strictly Come Dancing star tweeted: "We've just had an earthquake in Oakham. More »

  • 3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Rutland
    3.2 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Rutland 15 hours ago

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.2 has struck in Rutland, Leicestershire, the British Geological Survey has confirmed. More »

  • Moderate earthquake jolts southern Iran 19 hours ago

    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's state TV says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake has jolted a sparsely populated district in the south of the country. The quake was moderate and no injuries were reported. More »

  • Solomon Islands Hit By Second Major Earthquake
    Solomon Islands Hit By Second Major Earthquake Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    Two major earthquakes have struck the Solomon Islands in less than 24 hours. Residents on the Pacific island chain were woken on Sunday morning to a strong tremor with a magnitude of 7.6, leading to a tsunami warning to be issued. The Solomon Islands was already reeling from flash floods that struck on April 3, killing 23 people and leaving 9,000 homeless. Government spokesman George Herming said: "It has been a really tough time." More »

  • Tsunami Warning as Second Quake Hits Solomon Islands
    Tsunami Warning as Second Quake Hits Solomon Islands Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC), which had just cancelled an earlier warning, had to issue a fresh one that tsunamis may affect the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. The charity World Vision's director for the Solomon Islands, Andrew Catford, said staff had been evacuated to higher ground as a precaution and strong currents and waves had pounded reefs. Constable Taylor Fugo of the Solomon Islands police said: "So far we have received no reports of damage. The Solomon Islands are still recovering from flash floods on 3 April which left 23 dead and 9,000 homeless. More »

  • Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS
    Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Solomon Islands: USGS Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off the Solomon Islands on Sunday night, hours after a 7.6 tremor, the US Geological Survey said. More »

  • Second strong earthquake hits Solomon Islands
    Second strong earthquake hits Solomon Islands Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Another powerful earthquake has struck the Solomon Islands, the second strong temblor of the day to hit the South Pacific country. More »

  • Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Solomons, sparks tsunami warning Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A major earthquake of magnitude 7.5 struck off the coast of the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning in the area, the U.S. Geological Survey and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said. The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.7 was shallow, only 12.4 miles (35 km) below the seabed, and centred 73 miles (113 km) south of Kira Kira in the Solomon Islands, which have been racked by a series of strong quakes in recent days. The Tsunami Warning Centre said it was not yet known whether a tsunami had actually been generated but a warning was in effect in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea. More »

  • 4.9-magnitude earthquake rattles central Idaho Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    CHALLIS, Idaho (AP) — A 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook central Idaho, flinging items off walls and scaring residents but otherwise producing no reported damage or injuries in the sparsely populated mountain area. More »

  • Mag-7.6 quake, waves strike Solomon Islands
    Mag-7.6 quake, waves strike Solomon Islands Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake triggered large waves in the Solomon Islands on Sunday, and authorities were trying to determine if there was any serious damage or injuries. More »

  • Tsunami Warning Issued After 7.8 Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands
    Tsunami Warning Issued After 7.8 Earthquake Hits Solomon Islands Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    A tsunami warning has been issued after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) issued the alert for Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. More »

  • Tsunami warning follows strong quake near Solomons
    Tsunami warning follows strong quake near Solomons Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    HONIARA, Solomon Islands (AP) — A tsunami warning was issued Sunday for some Pacific islands following a powerful magnitude-7.6 earthquake near the Solomon Islands. More »

  • Strong quake hits near Solomon Islands; tsunami warning cancelled Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    (Reuters) - A powerful magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck near the Solomon Islands on Sunday morning, triggering a tsunami warning that was later cancelled, according to U.S. government agencies, and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake was centred 100 km (60 miles) south of Kira Kira on the island of Makira at a depth of 29 km (18 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. "So far we have received no reports of damage," said Constable Taylor Fugo from Kira Kira police. They all went up the hills and have been watching and waiting for advice." A tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu was cancelled after only very small tsunami wave activity, just a couple of centimetres, had been measured at two reading stations near the epicentre, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said. More »

  • No US tsunami threat after 7.6 quake in Pacific Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    HONOLULU (AP) — U.S. officials say there is no threat of a tsunami to the coasts of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii or Alaska after a magnitude-7.6 earthquake struck in the Pacific Ocean near the Solomon Islands. More »

  • Director Raoul Peck shoots new quake film in Haiti
    Director Raoul Peck shoots new quake film in Haiti Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Haiti's most respected filmmaker began production on a new film in Haiti this week, making perhaps the first feature to dramatize how people faced the topsy-turvy days and weeks after the 2010 earthquake. More »

  • New quake shakes Nicaragua; nation on alert
    New quake shakes Nicaragua; nation on alert Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A magnitude-6.6 earthquake shook Nicaragua on Friday afternoon, sending people running frightened into the streets less than 24 hours after a magnitude-6.1 quake rattled the Central American country. More »

  • New quake shakes 'on red alert' Nicaragua
    New quake shakes 'on red alert' Nicaragua Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    President raises alert level to red after a 6.6-magnitude earthquake on Friday follows one the day before. More »

  • Magnitude 6.6 quake hits Nicaragua, no damage reported Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit southwest Nicaragua on Friday, the second in as many days, shaking buildings in the capital Managua and as far away as San Jose in Costa Rica, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The 6.6 magnitude quake, which was also felt as far as El Salvador, struck 15 miles (24 km) south of the town of Granada, near the country's Pacific coast, at a depth of 86 miles (138.6 km), the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. Local radio station Nueva Radio Ya said the city's Roman Catholic Cathedral was evacuated as throngs of faithful gathered ahead of Holy Week celebrations. The quake was felt in Costa Rica's north-western Guanacaste province, but the country's national emergency commission said there were no reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Papua New Guinea Hit by Strong 7.3 'Ring of Fire' Earthquake
    Papua New Guinea Hit by Strong 7.3 'Ring of Fire' Earthquake Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Papua New Guinea has been hit by a powerful magnitude-7.3 earthquake off the coast of Bougainville Island. The tremor was registered as magnitude-7.3 by the US Geological Survey and it occurred 38 miles southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island at a depth of 31 miles. Papua New Guinea is a country lying in the South Pacific Ocean and located on the infamous "Ring of Fire" plates which follow the Pacific Rim and cause multiple incidents of tectonic and volcanic activity. Papua New Guinea has been hit previously by devastating earthquakes. More »

  • Strong quake hits near Papua New Guinea
    Strong quake hits near Papua New Guinea Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    Earthquake with magnitude of 7.3 recorded off Bougainville Island, according to US Geological Survey. More »

  • Powerful earthquake hits near Papua New Guinea Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake struck off the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Magnitude 7.3 quake hits near Papua New Guinea - USGS Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off Papua New Guinea's remote Bougainville Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. "This is a highly active area seismically," said Chris McKee, the assistant director at the Port Moresby Geophysical Observatory in the Papua New Guinea capital. It was centred in the sea about 75 km (45 miles) southwest of the town of Arawa on Bougainville, at a depth of about 50 km (30 miles), the USGS said. In 1998, a magnitude 7 earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into villages near Aitape on Papua New Guinea's north coast and killed more than 2,000 people. More »

  • 6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua
    6.1-magnitude earthquake shakes Nicaragua Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A strong earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said that at least 23 people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls in one town. More »

  • 6.1-magnitude earthquake shake Nicaragua
    6.1-magnitude earthquake shake Nicaragua Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — A strong earthquake damaged dozens of houses in western Nicaragua on Thursday, and authorities said that at least 23 people were injured by falling ceilings, beams and walls in one town. More »

  • Strong 6.1 quake shakes Nicaragua, no major damage
    Strong 6.1 quake shakes Nicaragua, no major damage Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    By Ivan Castro MANAGUA (Reuters) - A strong earthquake shook western Nicaragua on Thursday, knocking out power and phone lines in some areas of the capital Managua, a Reuters witness said, but there were no reports of fatalities or major damage. The quake had a magnitude of 6.1, the U.S. Geological Survey said, and was very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km). "There are no injuries, no loss of life so far, nor even any significant material losses," Nicaraguan government spokeswoman Rosario Murillo said on local radio, adding that the government was checking reports that two dozen homes had suffered some damage. More »

  • Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes near Managua in Nicaragua - USGS Fri, Apr 11, 2014

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A strong earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck near the Nicaraguan capital, Managua, on Thursday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It said the quake, very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles (10 km) and therefore more powerful, struck at 12:27 am BST north of Managua, 14 miles (22.5 km) northeast of the town of Nagarote. A magnitude 6.4 quake is capable of causing severe damage. The quake was initially reported as having a 6.2 magnitude. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Peter Cooney) More »

  • Chile: ancient mummies damaged by quake Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials say some pre-Columbian mummies buried in the northern Atacama desert have been damaged by a magnitude-8.2 earthquake and hundreds of aftershocks that hit the country last week. More »

  • Some Haitian quake displaced camps growing again
    Some Haitian quake displaced camps growing again Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Many of the camps for Haitians displaced by the 2010 earthquake are growing again, even as the overall population of people displaced by the disaster continues to fall, according to a study released Monday. More »

  • Some Haitian quake refugee camps growing again Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — A new study finds that many of the camps for Haitians displaced by the 2010 earthquake are growing again, even as the overall population of quake refugees is falling. More »

  • Magnitude 5 earthquake felt in southeastern France Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    NICE, France (Reuters) - A magnitude 5 earthquake was felt in southeastern France on Monday, according to a provisional reading from the National Network for Seismic Monitoring. The quake, at 1927 GMT, was centred about 50 km (30 miles) inland from the Riviera city of Nice and was close to the Italian border, at a depth of 5 km. No damage was immediately reported, Pierre-Martin Charpenel, mayor of Barcelonnette, a town near the epicentre, told BFMTV. Strong earthquakes are rare in France. (Reporting by Matthias Galante; Writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Robin Pomeroy) More »

  • Life slowly returns to normal in quake-hit Chile
    Life slowly returns to normal in quake-hit Chile Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    Life was gradually returning to normal in northern Chile on Friday, with power restored to a majority of homes that lost electricity during this week's powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake. More »

  • Powerful Chile Earthquake Leaves Astronomy Observatories Unscathed
    Powerful Chile Earthquake Leaves Astronomy Observatories Unscathed Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    The massive earthquake that struck Chile on Tuesday (April 1) left three main European-built observatories in the region relatively untouched despite causing damage and a tsunami along the country's western coast. The European Southern Observatory (ESO) operates three major observatories in Chile, each with multiple telescopes: the Paranal Observatory, which is home to Europe's Very Large Telescope; More »

  • Scientists warn unsafe Italian schools risk earthquake disaster
    Scientists warn unsafe Italian schools risk earthquake disaster Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    By Naomi O'Leary L'AQUILA, Italy (Reuters) - Italy risks disaster if its schools are not strengthened against earthquakes, leading geologists said on Friday, in a call for action before the fifth anniversary of a quake in the university town of L'Aquila that killed over 300. Risk to life from earthquakes in Italy has worsened since the disaster on April 6, 2009, the National Council of Geologists warned at an event in the devastated city in the central Abruzzo region, saying buildings had continued to be constructed without respecting anti-earthquake regulations. Standing outside a residence where seven students died, the council's president Gian Vito Graziano warned casualties may have been much higher if the earthquake had not struck at night. It's hard to imagine you are unsafe in your school or university, but unfortunately in Italy this is the case," Graziano said under pouring rain. More »

  • Chile: some services restored after quake
    Chile: some services restored after quake Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    IQUIQUE, Chile (AP) — Chilean officials said Friday that water, fuel, electricity and other essential services are being re-established three days after a powerful magnitude-8.2 earthquake rattled the country's far north. But pockets of poor people living in damaged homes, shantytowns and tents were still suffering the brunt of the disaster, and the hypothermia death of a newborn raised the quake's toll to seven. More »

  • Earthquake rattles southern Greece Fri, Apr 4, 2014

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seismologists say an earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.7 rattled southern Greece and was widely felt in the capital, Athens. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. More »