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Tsunami Warning Issued After Massive Pacific Quake

7.5-magnitude quake struck near New Caledonia

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck in the southern Pacific Ocean near New Caledonia on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn of a tsunami threat to nearby islands, the AP reports. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said tsunami waves of between 3 and 10 feet were possible along some coasts... More »

Anchorage Quake: 'This Was a Big One'

Amazing that there were no fatalities

(Newser) - Lost power, cracked buildings, crumbled chimneys, broken water pipes—the 7.0 earthquake that rocked Anchorage Friday morning was, by one standard at least, its worst in 54 years. "I think it's safe to say that, not measured in magnitude or location but in terms of how strong... More »

Big Earthquake Buckles Roads in Alaska

7.0-magnitude quake jolts Anchorage, is followed by strong aftershock

(Newser) - Back-to-back earthquakes measuring 7.0 and 5.8 rocked buildings and shattered roads Friday morning in Anchorage, Alaska, sending people running into the streets and briefly triggering a warning to residents in Kodiak to flee to higher ground for fear of a tsunami. The tsunami warning was lifted without... More »

Massive Earthquake Shakes Remote Research Station

6.8 undersea quake struck in Arctic Ocean

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 struck in the Arctic Ocean Friday, northwest of a largely uninhabited and remote Norwegian island, officials said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported. The Norwegian earthquake center NORSAR says the quake was recorded at 2:49am in the sea... More »

Scientists Weren't Expecting Massive Indonesia Tsunami

Exact cause remains unclear as death toll rises

(Newser) - The tsunami that killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people after an earthquake in Indonesia on Friday was much bigger and more devastating than would normally be expected after that kind of quake, scientists say. "We expected it might cause a tsunami, just not one that big," geophysicist Jason... More »

Indonesia Tsunami Toll Spikes, Mass Burial Planned

Number of dead doubles to 832, with many more unaccounted for

(Newser) - Rescue officials feared the full scale of Indonesia's earthquake and tsunami could climb far past the more than 800 already confirmed dead, reports the AP , as several large coastal towns remained cut off Sunday by damaged roads and downed communications. The country's disaster agency said the death toll... More »

Air Traffic Controller Dies a Hero

Anthonius Gunawan Agung stayed in the tower despite Indonesian earthquake

(Newser) - After Indonesia's Friday earthquake , an air traffic controller sacrificed his life to help get an airplane off the ground. Anthonius Gunawan Agung, 21, was alone in the control tower at Mutiara Sis Al Jufri Airport in the coastal city of Palu after the 7.5-magnitude temblor sent his colleagues... More »

Hundreds Dead After Tsunami, Quake

Nearly 400 killed in city of Palu, Indonesia, alone

(Newser) - The toll in Indonesia from an earthquake-triggered tsunami is just starting to become clear, and it's getting worse by the hour. On the island of Sulawesi, nearly 400 were killed in the city of Palu alone, reports the BBC . Palu has a population of 380,000 people, and the... More »

7 Dead, Dozens Missing in Hokkaido Quake

6.7 quake caused landslides, blackout

(Newser) - Rescuers are rushing to unearth survivors and restore power after a powerful earthquake jolted Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido, buckling roads, knocking homes off their foundations and causing entire hillsides to collapse. Residents in Sapporo were shaken from their beds when the magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck southern... More »

Venezuela Hit by Strongest Quake Since 1900

No deaths reported in 7.3 magnitude quake

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake shook Venezuela's northeastern coast on Tuesday, forcing residents in the capital to evacuate buildings and interrupting a pro-government rally in support of controversial economic reforms. The 7.3 quake was the largest to strike Venezuela since 1900, according to the US Geological Survey. But at a... More »

Strongest Quake on Record Hits Alaska's North Slope

'This changes how we think about the region,' seismologist says

(Newser) - Alaska's North Slope was hit Sunday by the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the region, the state's seismologist says. At 6:58am Sunday, the magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck an area 42 miles east of Kavik River Camp and 343 miles northeast of Fairbanks, the state's... More »

Island Keeps Getting Hit by Quakes, Death Toll in Hundreds

Indonesia's Lombok just suffered its 3rd temblor in 11 days; more than 200 dead, officials say

(Newser) - The Indonesian island of Lombok was shaken by a third big earthquake in little more than a week Thursday. The strong aftershock, measured at magnitude 5.9 by the US Geological Survey, caused panic and damage. It was centered in the northwest of the island and didn't have the... More »

Soldiers Save Man From Quake-Flattened Mosque

50 people were inside when it collapsed

(Newser) - Soldiers pulled a man alive from the rubble of a large mosque flattened by an earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok, while thousands of homeless locals waited for aid Tuesday and stranded tourists camped at beaches and in the lobbies of damaged hotels. The north of Lombok has been... More »

Scores Dead After Island's 2nd Strong Quake in a Week

Lombok death toll is 91, expected to rise

(Newser) - Rescuers still haven't reached some devastated parts of the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok after a powerful earthquake flattened houses and toppled bridges, killing at least 91 people and shaking neighboring Bali, authorities said Monday. The death toll is expected to rise. It was the second deadly quake in... More »

7.0 Quake Hits Indonesia, Triggers Tsunami Warning

Temblor comes a week after 6.4 event hit Lombok island

(Newser) - A strong earthquake struck Indonesia's popular tourist island of Lombok on Sunday, triggering a tsunami warning, one week after another quake in the same area killed more than a dozen people. There were no immediate reports of casualties, but authorities said the quake might have caused some damage. The... More »

Quake Kills 16, Strands Hundreds on Mountain

Landslide cut off crater lake on Indonesia mountain

(Newser) - Rescuers are trying to evacuate hundreds of tourists stranded on Mount Rinjani on the Indonesian island of Lombok after an earthquake that killed 16 people triggered landslides. Mount Rinjani National Park chief Sudiyono said Monday a team of about 165 rescuers is expected to reach a crater lake where the... More »

Celebrating Mexicans Set Off Earthquake Sensors

Though 'quake' said to have resulted from 'massive jumping' during World Cup was deemed 'artificial'

(Newser) - Mexico pulled off a big upset during the World Cup on Sunday, defeating defending champ Germany 1-0. And that one goal in Moscow got hometown fans so riled up 6,600 miles away in Mexico City that it may have created an "artificial" earthquake, per the New York Times ... More »

3 Dead, Hundreds Hurt in Strong Japan Quake

6.1 quake hit Osaka during morning commute

(Newser) - A strong earthquake knocked over walls and set off scattered fires around metropolitan Osaka in western Japan on Monday, killing at least three people and injuring more than 300. A 9-year-old girl was killed by a falling concrete wall at her school, and the two other fatalities were men in... More »

In Hawaii, a Powerful Eruption Looms

Quakes damage roads as the Kilauea volcano spews ash

(Newser) - Earthquakes damaged roads and buildings on Hawaii's Big Island on Wednesday as ash emissions streamed from the Kilauea volcano. The strongest shaking was recorded around 8:30am, measured as a 4.4 magnitude earthquake, the AP reports. The floor of the summit crater has also dropped about 3 feet,... More »

Hawaii Declares Emergency as Massive Volcano Erupts

Big Island neighborhood evacuated

(Newser) - Hawaii's Kilauea volcano has erupted, prompting Gov. David Ige to declare a state of emergency and activate the National Guard. Soldiers have been called in to assist with the mandatory evacuation of the Leilani Estates neighborhood in the Puna district of Big Island, which is in danger of being... More »

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