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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 »

Earthquake Felt Countries Away Hits Near Iran Nuclear Plant

It struck 60 miles east of Bushehr

(Newser) - An earthquake hit Iran early Thursday just 60 miles away from the country's only operating nuclear power plant. According to the USGS , the 5.5 magnitude quake struck 6.2 miles below the surface, strong and shallow enough to cause widespread damage, though Iran hasn't reported damage at... More »

History's Deadliest Natural Disaster Killed Millions

LiveScience lists the worst ones on record

(Newser) - "The single-most powerful explosive event ever witnessed" took place somewhere between 1645 BC and 1500 BC, when the volcano Thera erupted on what's now the island of Santorini. LiveScience reports its power has been likened to that of an 1883 eruption in Indonesia that could be heard 3,... More »

Southern California Shaken by Strongest Quake in Years

No major damage reported in 5.3 temblor

(Newser) - Southern California was shaken by its strongest earthquake in years Thursday, and while there were no reports of major damage, plenty of residents were alarmed—including a family of eagles on Santa Cruz Island, which was close to the offshore epicenter of the 5.3 quake. A camera on the... More »

Papua New Guinea Quake Causes 'Catastrophic Havoc'

At least 15 killed in remote area

(Newser) - A powerful earthquake two days ago killed at least 15 people, injured dozens, and brought work to a halt at four oil and gas fields in a remote Papua New Guinea region, the local governor said Wednesday. His comments were the first confirmation of deaths from a high-ranking official after... More »

13 Killed in Helicopter Crash After Earthquake—All on Ground

The dead, including 3 children, were spending night in open field

(Newser) - A military helicopter carrying officials assessing damage from a powerful earthquake crashed Friday in Mexico, killing 13 people and injuring 15, all of them on the ground, the AP reports. The Oaxaca state prosecutor's office said five women, four men, and three children were killed at the crash site... More »

Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Hits a Mexico Still on Edge

There were no reports of damage in the immediate aftermath

(Newser) - A powerful magnitude-7.2 earthquake shook south and central Mexico Friday, causing people to flee buildings and office towers in the country's capital, where residents were still jittery after a deadly quake five months ago, the AP reports. Crowds of people gathered on Mexico City's central Reforma Avenue,... More »

After Quake, at Least 40 Trapped in Sliding Building

At least 6 died in early morning Taiwan quake

(Newser) - Rescuers were working Wednesday to try to reach people who were trapped after a strong earthquake near Taiwan's east coast caused several buildings to cave in and tilt dangerously. At least six people were killed and 88 are missing in the quake, the AP reports. Video footage and photos... More »

Taiwan Earthquake Leaves Buildings Tilted

So far, 2 are dead and more than 100 injured

(Newser) - A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Tuesday near the coast of Taiwan, killing two hotel employees and injuring 144 other people, officials said. The Central News Agency reports that the ground floor of the Marshal Hotel, a building in Hualien district, had caved in and people were believed to be trapped... More »

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