Earthquake News

  • Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted
    Powerful quake hits Taiwan and Japan, tsunami warning lifted Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    One man died and another was hospitalised Monday after a fire caused by a powerful quake off Taiwan that also set buildings shaking in the capital Taipei and sparked a short-lived tsunami warning in far southwestern Japan. More »

  • 1 dead in Taiwan from fire sparked by quake off south Japan
    1 dead in Taiwan from fire sparked by quake off south Japan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — A strong undersea earthquake struck between Taiwan and southern Japan on Monday, sparking a house fire that killed a person outside of Taiwan's capital and causing Japanese authorities to evacuate some schoolchildren as a tsunami precaution. More »

  • Japan cancels tsunami alert after quake off Taiwan
    Japan cancels tsunami alert after quake off Taiwan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    Short-lived tsunami warning issued for Okinawa islands after 6.6-magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Taiwan. More »

  • Tsunami advisory lifted after quake hits south of Japan Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — School children were evacuated to higher ground on some islands and buildings swayed in Taipei after a strong earthquake struck Monday in seas east of Taiwan and south of Okinawa. More »

  • Strong quake hits Japan, Taiwan; tsunami warning lifted Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    TOKYO/TAIPEI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake rattled Taiwan and small islands in the far south of Japan on Monday, official monitoring sites said, briefly prompting a warning for a 1-metre tsunami for the Okinawa island chain. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued a warning for a 1-metre tsunami in small islands that are part of Okinawa, including Miyakojima, popular with tourists for diving. There was no warning issued for the main Okinawa island, which hosts U.S. military bases. The agency later lifted the tsunami warning. More »

  • Japan issues warning for small tsunami after magnitude 6.8 quake south of O … Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    TOKYO (AP) — Japan issues warning for small tsunami after magnitude 6.8 quake south of Okinawa. More »

  • 6.1 magnitude quake strikes off Greek island of Crete, no injuries
    6.1 magnitude quake strikes off Greek island of Crete, no injuries Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck under the Mediterranean seabed east of the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, but local authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage. More »

  • 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes near Greek island Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck near the Greek island of Crete late Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or serious damage. More »

  • Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 sends Greek islanders rushing into street Thu, Apr 16, 2015

    An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 struck around 50 km (30 miles) off the eastern tip of the Greek Mediterranean island of Crete, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It revised the magnitude from a previous 6.3. Greek fire brigade officials in Athens said the quake had been felt on the island but that there were no immediate reports of damage of casualties. More »

  • Cyprus Struck By 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake
    Cyprus Struck By 5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Cyprus has been hit by a 5.6-magnitude earthquake, according to the US Geological Survey. The earthquake struck just off the Mediterranean island's west coast, about four miles from the village of Peyia. It was mainly felt in the western Paphos region, but also in the capital Nicosia at 11.25am local time. Paphos district officer Yiannakis Mallourides reported no major damage to structures or injuries, but said authorities are monitoring the situation. More »

  • Strong quake rattles southwest Cyprus; no injuries reported Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The Cyprus Geological Survey Department says a strong earthquake has shaken the east Mediterranean island. There were no immediate reports of any serious damage or injuries. More »

  • Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes Cyprus, no casualties reported Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    A magnitude 5.5 earthquake struck 71 km (44 miles) northwest of Limassol in Cyprus on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The quake was mainly felt in the western Paphos region but also in the capital Nicosia. Cyprus state radio reported the tremor was a magnitude 5.3, at a shallow depth of 3 km west of Kissonerga, a village in Paphos popular with European and British retirees. Cyprus lies in an earthquake zone but large tremors are infrequent. More »

  • Magnitude 3.5 quake felt across Los Angeles area Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — A small earthquake was felt across a wide swath of Los Angeles on Sunday night, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. More »

  • Earthquake! Your Smartphone Could Give an Early Warning
    Earthquake! Your Smartphone Could Give an Early Warning Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    Shaking a smartphone can help you pinpoint your parked car, discover a good diner and then pay for your meal. Earthquake early warning systems depend on the time delay between two sets of seismic waves. "A few seconds can be enormously helpful," said lead study author Sarah Minson, a geophysicist at the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, California. The GPS warning system is deceptively simple: If the GPS receivers from just a few phones suddenly lurched in one direction, that's probably not an earthquake. More »

  • Mass beaching fuels 'unscientific' Japan quake fears
    Mass beaching fuels 'unscientific' Japan quake fears Sat, Apr 11, 2015

    The mass beaching of more than 150 melon-headed whales on Japan's shores has fuelled fears of a repeat of a seemingly unrelated event in the country -- the devastating 2011 undersea earthquake that killed around 19,000 people. More »

  • Earthquake warning on your smartphone? There could be an app for that Fri, Apr 10, 2015

    By Magdalena Mis LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Countries looking for cheap earthquake warning systems might want to try apps and smartphones after scientists discovered that smartphones could be used as an affordable alternative to sophisticated earthquake monitoring networks. The Global Positioning Systems (GPS) in smartphones could detect earthquakes and trigger warnings seconds before the strongest waves from the quake begin, researchers wrote in Friday's American-based journal Science Advances. "Most of the world does not receive earthquake warnings, mainly due to the cost of building the necessary scientific monitoring networks," said Benjamin Brooks, USGS geophysicist and project lead. More »

  • Small earthquake detected in northwest Alabama Thu, Apr 9, 2015

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A barely detectable earthquake gently shook northwest Alabama. More »

  • Moderate earthquake rattles Costa Rica Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — A moderate earthquake rattled the Central American nation of Costa Rica on Friday. More »

  • Small earthquake shakes San Francisco Bay Area Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A small earthquake rattled the San Francisco Bay Area early Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of any problems. More »

  • Peru capital shaken by 5.2 earthquake, no injuries reported Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's capital city Lima was shaken by an earthquake on Wednesday, causing buildings to tremble but with no immediate reports of injuries or damages, said Reuters witnesses on the scene. The quake was rated 5.2 by the local Geophysical Institute of Peru. (Reporting by Lima newsroom; Editing by Phil Berlowitz) More »

  • Second Quake As Major Tremor Hits Pacific
    Second Quake As Major Tremor Hits Pacific Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude has struck off Samoa in the Pacific Ocean just hours after a major tremor rattled nearby Papua New Guinea. The epicentre of the second quake was 77 miles (124km) west-southwest of the capital Apia, at a depth of 72.2 miles. Earlier, vast swathes of the Pacific were put on high alert for "hazardous" tsunami waves after a powerful earthquake in Papua New Guinea. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre warned that waves measuring up to 10ft (3m) could hit Papua New Guinea and even reach parts of Russia. More »

  • Small tsunami follows powerful Papua New Guinea quake
    Small tsunami follows powerful Papua New Guinea quake Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    No reports of damage or injuries in the South Pacific nation after tsunami triggered by 7.7-magnitude earthquake. More »

  • Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea
    Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday, sending startled residents fleeing from their homes, but a tsunami threat passed with no immediate reports of major damage. More »

  • Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea
    Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    Powerful earthquake hits off northeastern coastal town of Rabaul, with a tsunami warning issued shortly after. More »

  • Small tsunami generated in Pacific after earthquake Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A powerful earthquake rattled the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea on Monday, generating a small tsunami and frightening locals near the epicenter, but prompting no reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Major 7.7 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning issued Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A major earthquake with a magnitude 7.7 struck off Papua New Guinea on Monday, official monitors said, and a tsunami warning was issued soon after. The epicentre of the 33 km (22 mile) deep quake was near the town of Rabaul in the northeast of Papua New Guinea, The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii said "hazardous tsunami waves are possible for coasts located within 1,000 km (620 miles) of the earthquake epicentre along the coasts of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands". Tsunami waves reaching 1-3 metres (3-9 feet) above the tide level are possible along some coasts of Papua New Guinea, said the center. More »

  • Tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific after earthquake Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Officials are warning that hazardous tsunami waves could hit some coastlines in the Pacific after a powerful earthquake struck near the South Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea. More »

  • Powerful earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea; tsunami warning issued for parts … Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — Powerful earthquake strikes Papua New Guinea; tsunami warning issued for parts of Pacific. More »

  • Papua New Guinea hit by 7.7-magnitude offshore quake: USGS
    Papua New Guinea hit by 7.7-magnitude offshore quake: USGS Mon, Mar 30, 2015

    A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea Monday, US seismologists said, with "hazardous" tsunami waves possible within 1,000 kilometres (620 miles) of the epicentre. More »

  • Earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude strikes in Moluccas, Indonesia - USGS Sun, Mar 29, 2015

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An undersea earthquake measuring 5.9 magnitude struck in Moluccas, Indonesia on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, only 10 kms (six miles) deep, was 128 kms (80 miles) northwest of Ternate in the Moluccas. There were no immediate reports of damage. (Reporting by Michael Perry) More »

  • Moderate earthquake hits northern Chile; no damage Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A magnitude-5.6 earthquake hit northern Chile on Saturday, but there were no reports of damage. More »

  • Magnitude 4.9 earthquake hits off Vancouver Island Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    PORT HARDY, British Columbia (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a moderate earthquake struck west of Vancouver Island. More »

  • Western congress members seek full funding for quake warning Tue, Mar 24, 2015

    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington on Tuesday pressed for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system. More »

  • Earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hits off east coast of Taiwan Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    TAIPEI (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 hit off the east coast of Taiwan, the island's Central Weather Bureau said Monday. Mild shaking was felt in the capital Taipei. No damage or injuries were immediately reported. (Reporting by Michael Gold and J.R. Wu) More »

  • USGS: 6.1-magnitude quake shakes northern Chile Mon, Mar 23, 2015

    SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude-6.1 earthquake has struck in far northern Chile. There were no immediate reports of damage and no tsunami warning. More »