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Shallow 6.0 magnitude earthquake hits off Nago, Japan

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6.0 magnitude earthquake 110 km from Nago, Okinawa, Japan

2016-09-26 05:19:58 UTC

UTC time: Monday, September 26, 2016 05:19 AM

Your time: 2016-09-26T05:19:58Z

Magnitude Type: mb

USGS page: M 6.0 - 113km NNE of Nago, Japan

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 74 people

2016-09-26 05:19:58 UTC 6.0 magnitude, 40 km depth
Nago, Okinawa, Japan

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Shallow magnitude 5.9 earthquake off New Zealand

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5.9 magnitude earthquake

2016-09-25 04:28:37 UTC

UTC time: Sunday, September 25, 2016 04:28 AM

Your time: 2016-09-25T04:28:37Z

Magnitude Type: mwp

USGS page: M 5.9 - 181km SE of L'Esperance Rock, New Zealand

USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist

Reports from the public: 0 people

2016-09-25 04:28:37 UTC 5.9 magnitude, 10 km depth
South Pacific Ocean

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Shallow 4.6 earthquake recorded off Oregon coast near Brookings; second for the region in 5 hours

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A pair of moderate earthquakes rattled the coast of Southern Oregon and Northern California late Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

A magnitude 5.0 quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean nearly 100 miles off the coast of Gold Beach, Oregon, around 10:01 p.m. Saturday. A magnitude 4.6 quake rumbled nearly 100 miles off the coast of Brookings, Oregon, nearly five hours later.

The first quake occurred about 6.2 miles down in the ocean floor. The second earthquake occurred further down, about 10 miles beneath the Earth's surface.

Neither of the quakes prompted tsunami advisories for coastal communities, according to the National Weather Service's Tsunami.gov.

While both of these quakes were moderate in strength, news of an earthquake near Oregon is always sure to spark interest as the scientific community has become more aware of a pending Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. The fault, which lies just off the coast of the Pacific Northwest, is long overdue for a massive earthquake, according to experts. Many predict it could be as strong as a magnitude 9.0 when it eventually hits (this video explains the significance of that number).

Comment: See also: Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Gold Beach, Oregon


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Shallow 5.0 magnitude earthquake hits off the coast of Gold Beach, Oregon

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M 5.0 quake: 151km WSW of Gold Beach, Oregon on Sun, 25 Sep 05h01

Date & time: Sun, 25 Sep 05:01:50 UTC

Local time at epicenter: 2016-09-24 21:01:50 -08:00

Magnitude: 5.0

Depth: 10.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 41.8666°N / 126.1106°W [Map]

Nearest volcano: North Gorda Ridge (108 km)

Primary data source: USGS

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Magnitude 6.9 earthquake strikes in the Fiji islands region

© AFP 2016/Richter magnitude scale
A 6.9-magnitude earthquake has occurred in the Pacific ocean, in the Fiji islands region, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reports.

According to the report, the quake occurred at about 21:07 GMT on Saturday off the coast of Tonga.

There were no reports of casualties and no immediate danger of a tsunami.

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6.0 magnitude earthquake near Irian Jaya, Indonesia

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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Near North Coast of Irian Jaya on Saturday, 24 September 2016

Date & time: Sat, 24 Sep 11:04:30 UTC

Magnitude: 6.0

Depth: 17.0 km

Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.027°S / 140.525°E [Map]

Nearest volcano: Kairinu (340 km)

Primary data source: GeoAu

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4.8 magnitude earthquake kills two in Democratic Republic of Congo

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Two people were killed on Friday when a mild earthquake shook a city in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, according to an early toll, a regional official said.

The quake, whose epicentre was in neighbouring Rwanda, had a magnitude of 4.8, monitors said.

It rattled homes in Bukavu, the main town in South Kivu province.

"The provisional toll is two dead, both of them men... and five injured -- three girls and two men," the provincial minister for health, Nash Mwanza Nangunia, told AFP.

Two homes collapsed and others suffered cracks, he added.

The quake struck at 1510 GMT, according to the Natural Science Research Centre in Lwiro, west of Bukavu.

Comment: A couple of days ago a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, the strongest in 11 years.


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USGS: Magnitude 5.6 quake hits eastern Romania

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Image of where the quake struck in Romania
A magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck eastern Romania on Saturday north of Bucharest, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake, initially reported as a magnitude 5.7, struck at 2:11 a.m. (2411 BST on Friday). It was centered 92 miles (149 km) north of Bucharest, and 41 miles (65.98 km) northwest of the town of Buzau.

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USGS: Magnitude 6.5 quake hits off Philippines' Mindanao island


Mindanao Island, Philipines
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck off the Philippine's Mindanao island on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

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5.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, strongest in 11 years

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Epicenter of the rare Mozambique earthquake of September 22, 2016.
A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit on September 22, 2016 at 8:06pm (UTC) Mozambique, Africa. The moderately-strong earthquake, which epicenter was situated at a depth of 10km, struck 483 km SE of Harare, Zimbabwe (pop: 1,543,000), and 245 km SW of Beira, Mozambique (pop: 531,000).

A rare earthquake struck Mozambique, Southeast Africa, on September 22, 2016.

This is the strongest tremor in the last 11 years, when at least two Mozambicans died and 13 injured as an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 shook southern Africa.