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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 »

Huge Quake Shakes Alaska; Tsunami Watch in Place

Warning is rolled back after 7.9 quake strikes off Kodiak Island

(Newser) - A magnitude 7.9 earthquake off Alaska's Kodiak Island early Tuesday prompted a tsunami warning for a large swath of coastal Alaska and British Columbia. That warning was later canceled by the National Tsunami Center, but a watch remained in place for parts of the state, the AP reports.... More »

Huge 7.6 Quake Strikes Caribbean Sea

No major damage reported after one of region's strongest quakes on record

(Newser) - A massive 7.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the Caribbean Sea Tuesday night—but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damage after what was one of the strongest earthquakes on record in the region. The US Geological Survey says the quake hit 25 miles off the coast... More »

Geologists Spot a Pattern, Predict Big Quakes in 2018

Whenever the Earth's rotation slows, as it is now, an increase in major quakes follows

(Newser) - Two geologists may have spotted a surprisingly simple correlation that can help predict earthquakes—and if they're correct, the Earth is on track for an uptick in major quakes next year. The pair pored over a century's worth of a data on earthquakes and detected a pattern: When... More »

Deadly Quake on Iraq-Iran Border Felt All the Way to Mediterranean

More than 330 are dead

(Newser) - A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Iraq-Iran border region Sunday night killed more than 330 people in both countries, sent people fleeing their homes into the night, and was felt as far west as the Mediterranean coast, authorities say. Iran's western Kermanshah province bore the brunt... More »

Strong Aftershock Hits a Still-Reeling Mexico City

No word on new damage or injuries from Saturday's aftershock

(Newser) - A strong aftershock has rolled through Mexico City, swaying buildings and sending some people running into the street, the AP reports. The quake early Saturday was much weaker than the magnitude 7.1 earthquake that hit on Tuesday, killing at least 295 people and knocking down buildings across the capital.... More »

US: Magnitude 3.5 Quake Detected in N. Korea

Small quake raises nuke test fears

(Newser) - A small earthquake shook North Korea early Saturday, according to South Korean officials, raising fears that the country had carried out another nuclear test amid its escalating dispute with the US. The quake happened near where North Korea has carried out other nuclear tests, which have registered as small earthquakes,... More »

There Is No Missing Child in Destroyed Mexico School

Navy official says all children are accounted for

(Newser) - A little girl said to have been found alive under the rubble of a school destroyed in this week's huge earthquake had become a symbol of hope amid massive devastation, but it turns out no such little girl exists after all. "We have done an accounting with school... More »

Girl's Wiggling Fingers Give Rescuers Hope at Collapsed School

At least 21 children died when school in Mexico collapsed during earthquake

(Newser) - Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto said Wednesday afternoon that up to 30 people are still trapped inside the rubble of the Enrique Rebsamen School in Mexico City, CNN reports. It's unclear how many of the missing are still alive. The school, which houses children as young as kindergarten,... More »

Mexican News Anchor Was Broadcasting Live When Quake Hit

But Enrique Campos kept his cool

(Newser) - "Right now that's the earthquake alarm going off," Business Insider quotes Enrique Campos as saying. "This is not a drill." The anchor for Mexico's Foro TV was in the middle of a live broadcast from the studio in Mexico City when a 7.1... More »

Mexico Quake Should Rattle Every Person in Los Angeles

Op-ed writer worries he's 'glimpsing my own future'

(Newser) - Residents of Los Angeles should be feeling more than empathy in the wake of Mexico City's 7.1 magnitude earthquake that left more than 200 dead Tuesday. They should also be experiencing fear, writes Mariel Garza at the Los Angeles Times . "Though of course my heart goes out... More »

Among the Mexico City Earthquake Victims: 21 Schoolkids

Toll tops 200 in country's strongest quake in decades

(Newser) - Rescue operations are ongoing in Mexico, where authorities say the death toll from Tuesday's devastating 7.1 magnitude earthquake has risen to at least 224. The victims include at least 21 children and four adults killed in the collapse of the Enrique Rabsamen primary school in Mexico City's... More »

At Least 119 Dead in Magnitude 7.1 Mexico Quake

Buildings collapsed and thousands fled into the streets

(Newser) - A magnitude 7.1 earthquake stunned central Mexico on Tuesday, killing at least 119 people as buildings collapsed, the AP reports. Scores of buildings collapsed or were severely damaged in densely populated parts of Mexico City and nearby states. Mayor Miguel Angel Mancera said buildings collapsed at 44 places in... More »

Calif. Quake Shakes Up Twitter, but Not Residents Out of Bed

Social media commented on 3.6 magnitude quake near LA, which many slept through

(Newser) - A small earthquake with an epicenter just outside Los Angeles has people in Southern California talking on social media. The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 3.6 quake hit at about 11:20 Monday night, with an epicenter about 3.6 miles northwest of Westwood, the AP reports. The... More »

At Least 35 Dead in Mexico Quake

The magnitude 8.1 earthquake struck late Thursday

(Newser) - The death toll from Mexico's huge earthquake has risen to 35, the AP reports. The magnitude 8.1 earthquake appears to have hit hardest in the city of Juchitan, a township of almost 100,000 people that's a center of the Zapotec culture. The Oaxaca state government says... More »

Mexico President: Quake Was Biggest in a Century

At least 5 killed in 8.2 quake, he says

(Newser) - Mexico's president says that the magnitude of the earthquake that hit the country just before midnight Thursday is 8.2, the biggest the country has seen in a century. Enrique Pena Nieto confirmed that at least five people have died in the temblor. He also said that major damage... More »

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