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Guatemalan capital shaken by 5.1 magnitude quake

GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) - A 5.1 magnitude earthquake shook the capital of Guatemala on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey (U…

  • Deadly monsoon landslides spotlight Nepal's post-quake challenges Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    Nepal continues to face down disaster. Landslides triggered by heavy rains shortly after midnight Thursday killed at least 30 people in villages near Pokhara, about 130 miles west of the capital, Kathmandu, reports say. More »

  • Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake
    Philippine capital holds drill to prepare for killer quake Thu, Jul 30, 2015

    MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Filipinos poured out of buildings and shopping malls in a massive drill across Manila on Thursday to brace for a 7.2-magnitude earthquake that experts fear could kill tens of thousands and displace millions. More »

  • Magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattles south-central Alaska Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    By Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.3 earthquake rattled a wide area of south-central Alaska, including Anchorage, on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey reported, but there were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries. The tremor struck just after 6:30 p.m. Alaska time in a remote area about 40 miles south of Mount Redoubt, an active volcano near Cook Inlet, and 140 miles southwest of Anchorage, the state's largest city, the USGS said on its website. It originated about 70 miles underground, the USGS said. More »

  • Magnitude-6.3 quake felt by some in Anchorage, Kodiak Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A magnitude-6.3 earthquake has shaken southern Alaska and was felt by some people in Anchorage and Kodiak. More »

  • 5.9 quake shakes Colombia-Panama border region Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A strong earthquake shook a sparsely populated region along the border between Colombia and Panama on Tuesday evening. There were no early reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Magnitude 5.9 quake hits Panama-Colombia border, no reports of damage Wed, Jul 29, 2015

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 quake struck the forested Panama-Colombia border on Tuesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of damage. It was located about 160 miles (258 km) southeast of the capital of Panama, where the quake was felt, according to a tweet by the country's emergency services. Jose Donderis, the director of Panama's emergency services, said that authorities were monitoring the situation, but had not received reports of damage. More »

  • Indonesian quake kills teenager, damages buildings
    Indonesian quake kills teenager, damages buildings Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    A powerful earthquake rocked remote eastern Indonesia on Tuesday, killing a teenage boy who fell into a river as he fished and damaging several buildings. More »

  • Strong earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua province Tue, Jul 28, 2015

    JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua early Tuesday panicking people with at least one teenager missing after possibly drowning in a river. Several buildings and houses were either destroyed or damaged. More »

  • Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua
    Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia's Papua Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    Magnitude 7.0 quake strikes west of provincial capital Jayapura. More »

  • Strong earthquake rattles Alaska's Aleutian Islands Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The U.S. Geological Survey is reporting no damage from a strong earthquake that rocked Alaska's Aleutian Islands. More »

  • Alaska hit by quake of magnitude 6.9 - USGS Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    SINGAPORE (Reuters) - An earthquake of 6.9 magnitude struck off the thinly-populated community of Nikolski in the U.S. state of Alaska on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake, at a depth of 22 km (14 miles), hit southwest of Nikolski in the Aleutian Islands, at 0535 GMT. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. (Reporting by Clarence Fernandez; Editing by Himani Sarkar) More »

  • Earthquake of 6.9 magnitude strikes Alaska's Aleutians - USGS Mon, Jul 27, 2015

    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An earthquake measuring magnitude 6.9 struck the Aleutian Islands in the U.S. state of Alaska late on Sunday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said. The quake struck 100 km (60 miles) southwest of Nikolski, the USGS said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat. (Reporting by Michael Perry; Editing by Robert Birsel) More »

  • Strong quake hits off Indonesia, but no tsunami warning Sun, Jul 26, 2015

    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A strong earthquake hit off of Indonesia's main island of Java on Sunday afternoon, causing residents to pour into the streets, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, and no tsunami warning was issued. More »

  • Magnitude 4.2 quake rattles inland Southern California Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    FONTANA, Calif. (AP) — A magnitude 4.2 earthquake rattled inland Southern California but there were no reports of damage or injury. More »

  • Magnitude-5.1 earthquake jolts Pakistan, killing 3 people Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    MANSEHRA, Pakistan (AP) — Authorities in Pakistan say an earthquake that jolted the country early this morning has killed three people. More »

  • Nepalis scramble in camps, three months after quake
    Nepalis scramble in camps, three months after quake Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Homeless villagers sheltering in overcrowded camps complain of government inaction. More »

  • Monsoon troubles Nepal quake survivors three months on
    Monsoon troubles Nepal quake survivors three months on Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Nepalese army personnel collect data at a relief camp for earthquake survivors in Kathmandu on July 23, 2015 More »

  • Key facts about Nepal's quake and the risk of sequels
    Key facts about Nepal's quake and the risk of sequels Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Three months after a massive earthquake struck Nepal, killing more than 8,800 people and destroying nearly 600,000 homes, aftershocks continue to jolt the Himalayan nation. More »

  • Magnitude 5.1 quake hits close to Pakistan's Islamabad - USGS Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck very close to Pakistan's capital of Islamabad, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday. Although the quake had a moderate magnitude, its epicentre was only 10 miles (16 km) northeast of the populous city. It struck at 1:59 a.m. on Saturday (2059 GMT on Friday) and was very shallow, only 16.2 miles (26 km) deep, the USGS said. A magnitude 5.1 quake is capable of causing considerable damage. (Reporting by Sandra Maler in Washington; Editing by Eric Beech) More »

  • Greece: Quake rattles eastern islands Fri, Jul 24, 2015

    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Seismologists in Greece have reported a 5.0-magnitude earthquake near islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, but authorities say there were no immediate reports of any injury or serious damage. More »

  • Quake-hit Nepal reopens Annapurna circuit after experts give all clear
    Quake-hit Nepal reopens Annapurna circuit after experts give all clear Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal reopened its most popular trekking trail to tourists on Thursday after international experts said it was safe, three months after two devastating earthquakes led the government to close most hiking routes.Miyamoto International, a California-based structural engineering company, said in a report that quake-related damage in the Annapurna region "was very limited". Less than 1 percent of the route and 3 percent of guest houses along the Annapurna circuit were damaged, it said, adding the report for the Everest region would be completed shortly. Nepal had asked the company to assess the safety of its most popular tourist trekking trails, including in the Everest region, after the twin earthquakes killed almost 9,000 people and shook mountains triggering avalanches. More »

  • Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake
    Hiking trails around Annapurna deemed safe after Nepal quake Thu, Jul 23, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — The most popular trekking trail in Nepal escaped damage during April's devastating earthquake and is safe for hikers to return, an assessment team said Thursday. More »

  • Major San Francisco Quake Expected 'Any Day Now'
    Major San Francisco Quake Expected 'Any Day Now' Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    A major earthquake could hit the San Francisco Bay Area "any day now", according to a scientist from the US Geological Survey (USGS). The Hayward fault, less well known than California's famous San Andreas fault, caused a minor 4.0-magnitude tremor on Tuesday. There was no major damage when it hit the border of Fremont and Union City, but Tom Brocher from the USGS said the fault is a ticking time bomb. More »

  • Magnitude 4.0 earthquake shakes San Francisco Bay Area Tue, Jul 21, 2015

    FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say a magnitude 4.0 earthquake has rattled the San Francisco Bay Area, but no injuries or property damage is reported. More »

  • Earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma rattles state Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A magnitude 4.4 earthquake centered in northern Oklahoma has shaken the state, with reports of it being felt hundreds of miles away. More »

  • Quake-damaged buildings put Nepalis at risk
    Quake-damaged buildings put Nepalis at risk Mon, Jul 20, 2015

    Thousands of potentially dangerous structures are waiting for demolition after April earthquake. More »

  • Tsunami threat canceled after mag 6.9 quake in South Pacific Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    SYDNEY (AP) — A tsunami threat was canceled Saturday after a strong earthquake struck the Santa Cruz Islands in the South Pacific and no damage or casualties were reported. More »

  • Tsunami warning lifted after quake hits Solomon Islands
    Tsunami warning lifted after quake hits Solomon Islands Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    Quake with 6.9 magnitude hits near the Solomon Islands in the South Pacific, prompting warning. More »

  • Quake measuring 6.9 magnitude sparks brief tsunami warning for Solomons Sat, Jul 18, 2015

    The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii issued a warning, saying "hazardous tsunami waves from this earthquake are possible within 300 km (186 miles) of the epicentre along the coasts of the Solomon Islands". More »

  • Oklahoma Corporation Commission takes new earthquake actions Fri, Jul 17, 2015

    The Oklahoma Corporation Commission said Friday it is placing more than 200 oil and natural gas wastewater disposal wells under scrutiny as the regulatory agency investigates whether the wells are triggering ... More »

  • Magnitude-6.4 quake strikes in ocean northeast of Barbados Thu, Jul 16, 2015

    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (AP) — A strong earthquake struck Thursday in the ocean northeast of Barbados and was widely felt throughout the Caribbean, but officials said there were no reports of damage or injuries. More »

  • Quake-hit Nepal asks other nations to lift travel advisories
    Quake-hit Nepal asks other nations to lift travel advisories Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal's government is urging other countries to lift travel advisories that discourage their citizens from visiting the Himalayan nation following a devastating earthquake in April that killed thousands of people, a government minister said Wednesday. More »

  • Quake-hit Nepal to train 50,000 workers for reconstruction
    Quake-hit Nepal to train 50,000 workers for reconstruction Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Earthquake-hit Nepal will train 50,000 workers to help carry out reconstruction, the finance minister said, the biggest skill development program in the country's history as economic growth is expected to fall to the slowest rate in eight years. The impoverished country says it needs $6.6 billion (4.22 billion pounds) to rebuild after twin earthquakes in April and May killed almost 9,000 people in the country's worst natural disaster. Delivering the annual budget on Tuesday, Finance Minister Ram Sharan Mahat Mahat said the government will train tens of thousands of people to work as carpenters, plumbers, electricians and masons.This will help plug a labour shortage as millions of young Nepalis travel to the Middle East and other Asian nations to work, particularly on construction sites.Mahat said the economy is likely to grow at 3 percent this fiscal year, the lowest rate since 2007. More »

  • FEMA is planning for an earthquake that would devastate the Pacific Northwest, …
    FEMA is planning for an earthquake that would devastate the Pacific Northwest, … Tue, Jul 14, 2015

    To the north of California's famous San Andreas fault is a less known, but possibly more deadly... More »

  • Nepal hospital, CNN differ on reported surgery after quake
    Nepal hospital, CNN differ on reported surgery after quake Fri, Jul 10, 2015

    KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — A Nepal hospital said Friday that CNN medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta incorrectly reported that he operated on an 8-year-old girl after the country's devastating earthquake in April. A CNN spokeswoman said Gupta did perform surgery, and the news channel was trying to verify the patient's identity. More »