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Two shallow earthquakes with magnitudes over 4 shake Turkey's Gökova Bay

Two earthquakes with magnitudes of over 4 shook the Gökova Bay off Turkey's Aegean coast on Aug. 18, the Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has stated.

The first earthquake with a 4.2-magnitude hit the Gökova Bay at 3.47 p.m. at a depth of 7 kilometers, according to AFAD.

It was followed by another 4.5-magnitude quake at 5.10 p.m. in the same region, at the depth of 16.7 kilometers.

The region has been struck by several earthquakes in recent weeks, with a 5.1-magnitude hitting it on Aug. 8. At least 490 quakes were recorded in the aftermath of the tremor.


Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes 880 kilometers off the coast of Liberia

An earthquake of 6.8 magnitudes on the Richter scale occurred approximately 880 kilometers off Liberia's shore, the ministry of information, culture and tourism has confirmed Friday morning.

The ministry, however, assured the public that the quake poses no threat of a tsunami

The Ministry of Information assured the public in the release that relevant government agencies and security apparatus are continuing to monitor the situation and will readily inform the public and new and additional information becomes available.

The government has assured all citizens to remain calm but alert in the wake of the incident.


Deep and strong M6.4 earthquake hits off Fiji

A strong 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck off Fiji on Saturday, U.S. seismologists said, but it was considerably deep and there were no reports of damage or injury.

The offshore quake hit at 3:00 p.m. (0200 GMT) and was centred around 287 kilometres (178 miles) east of Suva, at a depth of 538 kilometres, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not immediately issue any warnings. The quake occurred in the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a region of frequent seismic activity due to collisions between continental plates.

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Magnitude 6.6 earthquake strikes north of Ascension Island

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A powerful magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck Friday north of an isolated Ascension Island in the South Atlantic, the US Geological Survey said.

The shallow 6.2-mile-deep quake near the volcanic island was reported at 2:59 a.m. UTC.

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said there was no tsunami danger for the US east coast, the Gulf of Mexico states or the eastern coast of Canada based on the quake's location.


6.4 magnitude earthquake jolts Indonesia's Sumatra

Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.
An earthquake measuring 6.4 in magnitude struck Indonesia's Sumatra on Sunday, according to the United States Geological Survey. Seismologists, however, said there was no risk of tsunami. The quake hit at a depth of 35 kilometres at 10:08 AM (0308 GMT) 73 kilometres west of Bengkulu, news agency AFP reported.

Meanwhile, panicked residents fled their homes. There are no reports of damage or casualties, however.

Speaking to news agency AFP, Indonesia's meteorology and geophysics agency official said that the tremors were quite strong. "The earthquake was quite strong and shallow, it was felt all the way to Padang, West Sumatra, but there was no threat of a tsunami," he said. He added the officials are looking out if there are any casualties or property damage after the tremors.

A resident of Bengkulu region in Indonesia, Neng Hasnah told AFP that her family fled the house out of fear as the tremors were quite strong. "I was carrying my seven-month old granddaughter and I had to run, all the neighbours also ran outside their homes," Hasnah said.

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Powerful 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocks the Philippines

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Students use their hands to cover their heads as they evacuate their school premises after an earthquake of magnitude 6.2 hit the northern island of Luzon.
A deep earthquake of 6.3 magnitude has shaken off Luzon island in the northern Philippines, rocking capital Manila.

Office workers in the capital left their buildings but no damage was apparent after the quake struck about midday Friday.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the earthquake's epicenter was five kilometres (three miles) southwest of Batangas province's Lian town at a depth of 173 kilometres (107 miles).


Earthquake swarm near Rijeka, Croatia

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A series of earthquakes have hit a region around the Croatian city of Rijeka in the northern Adriatic between Tuesday and Wednesday.

There have been six earthquakes of moderate intensity in the past 24 hours, causing panic among residents and tourists, but no serious damage.

In August 2016, a strong earthquake hit Amatrice in neighboring Italy, where about 300 people lost their lives.

Just like Italy, parts of Croatia are in the shadow and risk areas, especially in the capital Zagreb, Dubrovnik, Rijeka, and Dalmatia.

According to data from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the first earthquake hit Rijeka on Tuesday evening with a magnitude of 3.7 on the Richter scale. The same area shook again couple of times during the night, while the latest earthquake was recorded on Wednesday afternoon, with a magnitude of 3.5.

"Unfortunately, we can't tell if a series of earthquakes has definitely stopped...It is possible that this series will continue for weeks," seismologist Tomislav Fiket told N1 television on Wednesday.


6.5 earthquake hits western China; second powerful quake in less than 24 hours

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck China's autonomous region of Xinjiang, with tremors reportedly felt in neighboring Kazakhastan.

The quake rocked an area near the town of Jinghe in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region at 23:27 GMT on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey reported. The quake, which the USGS revised down to 6.3, reportedly hit at a depth of 25.9km.

The quake occurred some 107 kilometers southeast of Dostyq, a small town in Kazakhstan's Almaty Region on the border with China with an estimated population of less than 5,000 residents.

The impact could be felt in another Kazakh city, Zharkent, with over 30,000 people, located 226.7 km (140.9 mi) from the epicenter. Shihezi in China's northwestern Xinjiang with over half a million residents is 255.3 km (158.6 mi) away.

Residents of Kazakhstan's biggest city, Almaty, located some 490 kilometers from the epicenter, were also shaken by the quake. Some of them took to Twitter to report mild tremors.


4 dead, dozens injured as 7.0 earthquake strikes Sichuan, China - Update: Quake victims rises to 88

Four people are reportedly dead at a tourist resort in China's southwest province of Sichuan following an earthquake measuring 6.5 on the richter scale.

Chinese authorities say the earthquake measured magnitude 7, according to state media.

The earthquake hit a mountainous area some 200km (120 miles) northwest of the city of Guangyuan, and was measured at a depth of 10km (6 miles), according to the USGS.

Four people died and more than 30 people are injured, according to Reuters, which cites Sichuan television.

Update: The number of victims of the Tuesday earthquake in the Sichuan province in southwestern China has increased to 88 people, China's Central television reported.

Hundreds of people may have been killed and thousands injured in n earthquake that hit China's southwestern Sichuan province, China's National Commission for Disaster Reduction said Tuesday.


Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.5 hits near Yongle, China

6.5 magnitude earthquake 180 km from Jiangyou, Sichuan, China

2017-08-08 13:19:49 UTC

USGS page: M 6.5 - 36km W of Yongle, China
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 10 people

10 km depth