Earthquake News

  • Tsunami Warning as 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea
    Tsunami Warning as 7.8 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Papua New Guinea Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A tsunami warning has been issued after a magnitude 7.8 earthquake was recorded off Papua New Guinea. The quake, at a depth of six miles (10km) struck 42 miles southwest of Panguna on Bougainville Island, said the US Geological Survey. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of Papua New Guinea on 11 April, but caused no injuries or serious damage. More »

  • Strong earthquake strikes off Papua New Guinea Sat, Apr 19, 2014

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

  • Papua New Guinea Quake Sparks Tsunami Warning
    Papua New Guinea Quake Sparks Tsunami Warning Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A tsunami warning was triggered after a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea in the Pacific Ocean. The powerful quake hit late on Saturday at a depth of 19 miles (31km) and was located 47 miles (75km) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville Island. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre issued a warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands but this was later cancelled. "Certainly it has been very active, more active than usual," said Jonathan Bathgate, a seismologist at Geoscience Australia. More »

  • Strong 7.5 magnitude quake hits off Papua New Guinea Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea on Saturday and a tsunami warning was briefly issued for the Pacific Island nation and neighbouring Solomon Islands, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, at a depth of 10 km (6 miles), struck 68 km southwest of Panguna on the island of Bougainville, the U.S. Geological Survey said, revising down the magnitude from an initial 7.8. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre later cancelled a tsunami warning for Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands and there was no threat to neighbouring Australia or across the Pacific Ocean. At least six strong tremors have hit near Bougainville in the past week or so, including a magnitude 7.3 on April 11, but there have been no reports of major damage. More »

  • Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS
    Magnitude 7.5 quake strikes off Papua New Guinea: USGS Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.5 struck off Papua New Guinea late Saturday, the US Geological Survey said. More »

  • Mexico Earthquake Strikes Along Seismic 'Ring of Fire'
    Mexico Earthquake Strikes Along Seismic 'Ring of Fire' Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    On 18 April, a powerful earthquake shook Mexico City, shaking buildings and sending people fleeing on to the street. There were no reports of significant damage or injuries, but the quake is one of the largest to have struck Mexico in recent years. In recent weeks, a spate of quakes have struck as far apart as Nicaragua and Los Angeles. On 13 April, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Solomon Islands in the Pacific Ocean, the second powerful quake to have struck the islands in as many days. More »

  • Turkey braces for next major earthquake
    Turkey braces for next major earthquake Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    As Turkey works to minimise earthquake disaster risks, some fear the societal impact of urban renewal projects. More »

  • 6.6-quake hits off PNG's Bougainville
    6.6-quake hits off PNG's Bougainville Sat, Apr 19, 2014

    A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island on Saturday but there was no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists said. More »

  • Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings
    Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico, shakes buildings Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    By Dave Graham MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - A powerful earthquake shook Mexico on Friday, damaging more than 100 homes in the southwestern state of Guerrero and opening cracks in some buildings but there were no reports of deaths. Striking close to the popular beach resort of Acapulco, the 7.2 magnitude quake sent people scurrying out of homes and hotels, causing brief panic from the Pacific coast to states in central and eastern parts of Mexico. At least 127, mostly adobe homes were damaged in Guerrero. Some people in Mexico City fled homes in panic when the quake hit. More »

  • Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
    Magnitude-7.2 earthquake shakes Mexican capital Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday, sending panicked people into the streets. Some walls cracked and fell, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. More »

  • Mexico City Hit By Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake
    Mexico City Hit By Magnitude 7.2 Earthquake Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A powerful earthquake has been felt in Mexico's capital, shaking buildings and sending people running into the street. Its centre was 165 miles south west of the capital, the US Geological Survey said. The quake shook Mexico City for at least 30 seconds, with some walls cracking and crumbling, but there were no reports of major damage or casualties. Journalist James Blears, based near Mexico City, told Sky News: "This earthquake had tremendous power - it lasted 30 seconds, instead of just a few seconds. More »

  • Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico
    Powerful earthquake rattles Mexico Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    The 7.2-magnitude earthquake's epicenter was near the resort of Acapulco in the southwestern state of Guerrero. More »

  • Major Earthquake Hits Mexico City
    Major Earthquake Hits Mexico City Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A major earthquake has shaken Mexico City. The tremor was felt across central and southern Mexico. "There is a crisis of panic," Alicia Dominguez of the civil protection office told the Associated Press. "I started to hear the walls creak and I said, 'Let's go,'" said Rodolfo Duarte, 32, who fled his third-floor apartment. More »

  • Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital
    Magnitude-7.5 earthquake shakes Mexican capital Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) — A powerful, magnitude-7.5 earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey said it was centered northwest of the Pacific resort of Acapulco, where many Mexicans are vacationing for the Easter holiday. More »

  • US Geological Survey says Mexico quake magnitude 7.5 Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — US Geological Survey says Mexico quake magnitude 7.5. More »

  • Earthquake shakes Mexican capital
    Earthquake shakes Mexican capital Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    MEXICO CITY (AP) — A powerful earthquake shook central and southern Mexico on Friday. Mexico's seismology service calculated the magnitude at 7.0 and said it was centered near the resort city of Acapulco. More »

  • Repeat quake 'slightly bigger'
    Repeat quake 'slightly bigger' Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    A 3.5-magnitude earthquake has struck the Rutland area of the East Midlands, the second tremor to hit the region in as many days. More »

  • Tokyo area hit by magnitude 4.7 earthquake Fri, Apr 18, 2014

    TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 4.7 shook eastern Japan, including the capital Tokyo, on Friday morning, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no immediate reports of damage, public broadcaster NHK reported. The earthquake was centred northeast of Tokyo. (Reporting by Dominic Lau; Editing by Michael Perry) More »

  • Earthquake Swarm Shakes Central Idaho
    Earthquake Swarm Shakes Central Idaho Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A magnitude-4.9 earthquake in central Idaho on Saturday (April 12) was the biggest of three weeks of small to moderate temblors that have unnerved residents in this remote region of the Northwest. Seismologists are now installing at least three portable earthquake-monitoring instruments near the town of Challis to better understand the cause of the seismic swarm. While small earthquakes are common in Idaho, the swarm is not far from the epicenter of the state's largest quake, the magnitude-6.9 Borah Peak earthquake in 1983. The seismometers will help scientists better pinpoint the location and depth of future earthquakes, said Katherine Whidden, a seismologist with the University of Utah Seismograph Stations network, which is adding the new instruments. More »

  • Earthquake rattles English region
    Earthquake rattles English region Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    A central English region was hit by its strongest earthquake in 13 years this morning. More »

  • Earthquake Shakes Rutland Residents Awake
    Earthquake Shakes Rutland Residents Awake Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 Thu, Apr 17, 2014

    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 »