TOKYO A tsunami of 60 cm (2 feet) reached Onahama Port in Fukushima, the first tsunami waves to hit the coast after a powerful earthquake struck northern Japan on Tuesday, public broadcaster NHK reported.A tsunami warning of up to 3 metres (10 feet) has been issued. (Reporting by Chris Gallagher and Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Lincoln Feast)
TOKYO An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.3 hit northern Japan on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said, issuing tsunami advisories for much of the nation's northern Pacific coast.The epicentre of the earthquake, which was felt in Tokyo, was off the coast of Fukushima prefecture at a depth of about 10 km, the agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injury.
By Lincoln Feast | CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand Hundreds of survivors stranded by a huge earthquake that struck central New Zealand three days ago reached Christchurch by a naval ship early on Thursday, as engineers in the capital Wellington assessed the state of dozens of damaged buildings.Around 450 tourists and residents from the small seaside town of Kaikoura were taken by the New Zealand navy's multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury to Christchurch, the South Island's largest city, overnight.Kaikoura, a fishing community and popular whale watching base ringed by steep mountains, was completely cut off by large landslides which covered road and rail links. Air Force NH90 helicopters joined a fleet of private helicopters which have ferried hundreds more people from the town to near Christchurch, 150 km (90 miles) south over the past two days
By Lincoln Feast | WELLINGTON WELLINGTON New Zealand emergency services and defense personnel began evacuating hundreds of tourists and residents from the South Island town of Kaikoura on Tuesday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the region, killing two people.The 7.8-magnitude tremor, which struck just after midnight on Sunday, destroyed historic farm homesteads, sent glass and masonry toppling from high rises in the capital Wellington and cut road and rail links throughout the northeast of the South Island. Kaikoura, a popular base for whale-watching about 150 km (90 miles) northeast of Christchurch and near the epicenter, was completely cut off by massive landslips.Four defense force helicopters were flying into the town on Tuesday morning and the Navy's multi-role vessel HMNZS Canterbury was heading to the area, Air Commander Darryn Webb, the acting commander of New Zealand joint forces, told TVNZ. "The priority today is the airlift operation," he said.
By James Regan Jamie Freed | SYDNEY SYDNEY The powerful earthquake that struck New Zealand was unusual in that a big event on one fault may have immediately triggered a big event on a second fault, experts said on Monday.An earthquake of magnitude 7.8 pummelled central New Zealand at 12.02 a.m., killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks."When an earthquake occurs you are changing the stress field immediately, and if there was one fault that was pretty close to breaking, the energy from an earthquake can just tip it over the edge so that may have been what happened today," Adam Pascale, head of Australia's Seismology Research Centre, told Reuters.
SANTIAGO A 6.4-magnitude quake rattled central Chile on Friday, shaking buildings in the capital, but authorities said there were no immediate injuries or damage to infrastructure or mines reported.Chile's emergency office Onemi called it a "major" seismic event, and said it was evaluating whether any damage had taken place.The U.S. Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was about 45 miles (72 km) northeast of Talca and around 119 miles south of Santiago, at a depth of about 56 miles.The quake did not meet the requirements to generate a tsunami off the coast, the Chilean navy said. Most of the copper mines in Chile, the world's biggest copper exporter, are in the north of the country, far from the epicenter.The main exception is Codelco's El Teniente copper mine, which is located around 50 miles south of Santiago.
ROME Italy set out plans on Monday to help thousands of people staying in hotels and temporary accommodation in central Italy after the fiercest earthquake in decades struck regions already rocked by repeated tremors in the past two months.No deaths or critical injuries have been reported after Sunday's quake, measured at 6.6 magnitude by the U.S.
By Gavin Jones | ROME ROME The earthquakes that have buffeted central Italy over the last two months could continue in a devastating domino effect with one large quake leading to another along the central Apennine fault system, a leading seismologist warned on Sunday.An earthquake measuring 6.6 according to the U.S. Geological Survey struck on Sunday in the same region where a 6.2 quake on Aug.
ROME Italy will rebuild all the homes, churches and properties destroyed in a string of earthquakes over the past two months, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Sunday just hours after another powerful quake hit the centre of the country."We will rebuild everything, the houses, the churches and the businesses," Renzi told reporters. "Everything that needs to be done to rebuild these areas will be done." A 6.6 quake struck Italy on Sunday morning in the same central regions that have been rocked by repeated tremors since Aug
A series of strong earthquakes hit central Italy on Wednesday, striking fear among residents still rattled by a deadly tremor in August, but there were no reports of casualties.
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake struck central Italy on Wednesday, two months after a stronger quake killed almost 300 people and levelled small towns.
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PADANG, Indonesia An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 shook buildings and caused momentary panic in the Indonesian port city of Padang on Thursday, officials and residents said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or injury. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue an alert immediately after the quake and Indonesia's BMK weather agency said there was no threat of a tsunami. The quake was centred about 155 km (95 miles) south of Padang, off the coast of Sumatra island at a depth of about 50 km (30 miles), the USGS said
Two medium intensity earthquakes measuring 4.9 and 3.3 on the Richter Scale on Thursday rocked Manipur while another measuring 3 hit Gujarat.
A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck off the coast of Vanuatu on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said
QUITO The death toll from Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake last week has risen to 646 people, President Rafael Correa said during a TV broadcast on Saturday. Last Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured around 12,500 people and left 130 missing along the country's ravaged Pacific coast. "These have been sad days for the homeland," a visibly moved Correa said during his regular Saturday television broadcast.
PEDERNALES/PORTOVIEJO The death toll from Ecuador's devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake rose to 602 people on Friday, as dozens of aftershocks shook cities and towns around the country, spooking residents but causing no further damage. Saturday's quake, the worst in nearly seven decades, injured 12,492 people and left 130 missing, emergency management authorities said in a bulletin. Survivors were shaken again late on Thursday night when a powerful 6.0 magnitude quake struck off Ecuador's coast about 100 km (62 miles) north-northwest of Portoviejo and at a depth of 10 km (six miles).
SAN JACINTO/COJIMIES, Ecuador Survivors of an earthquake that killed 570 people and shattered Ecuador's coast clamoured for food, water and medicine on Thursday as aid eluded remote parts of the disaster zone. President Rafael Correa's socialist government, facing a mammoth rebuilding task at a time of greatly reduced oil revenues in the OPEC nation, said there was no lack of supplies, just problems with distribution that should be quickly resolved. "We're trying to survive
PEDERNALES, Ecuador Rescuers in Ecuador were losing hope on Tuesday of finding more survivors from an earthquake that killed nearly 500 people and dealt a shattering blow to the South American OPEC country's already fragile economy.