Daily Star (UK)
Mon, 23 Jan 2017 17:04 UTC
Benidorm, Alicante, Costa Blanca and Majorca were hit with snow last week as the sunny destinations were in the freezing firing line for the bitter blizzards.
Now Benidorm has been rocked by the rumblings of an earthquake at 3am as hurricane force winds and torrential rain battered the Costa Blanca.
The town of Altea was struck with powercuts as the storm raged.
Sun, 22 Jan 2017 05:02 UTC
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The earthquake, which struck at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, was centered about 37 kilometers (23 miles) northwest of Panguna, a town on Bougainville Island that is located northeast of mainland Papua New Guinea and is geographically part of the Solomon Islands archipelago.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center, which put the preliminary magnitude at 8.4, said the earthquake struck at a depth of 168 kilometers (104 miles), making it a relatively deep quake. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 8.0.
As a result, a tsunami alert has been issued for Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands, Nauru, Pohnpei, Kosrae, Vanuatu, and Chuuk. "Based on the preliminary earthquake parameters, widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible," the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.
Kiowa County Press
Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:17 UTC
The first occurred shortly after 8:00 p.m., and was in Pitkin County 17 miles south of Carbondale. It measured 2.8 on the Richter Scale and occurred about three miles beneath the surface.
A second quake, less than 10 miles away, occurred about 45 minutes later, also measured 2.8, at a similar depth. It was in Gunnison County ,17 miles west of Snowmass Village.
Fifteen minutes later, another quake, measuring 2.3 in nearly identical location to the second, struck the area.
Comment: Update: Colorado earthquake count rises to 12 in 36 hours
Up to 30 people feared dead as Italian hotel is buried by avalanche after four earthquakes hit the region (UPDATE: 10 people found alive)
Daily Mail (UK)
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 23:28 UTC
Rescue teams are still battling to access Hotel Rigopiano, in Pescara, a province in the Abruzzo region, which has been hit by heavy snowfall in the last week.
The search operation was launched after four powerful earthquakes hit central Italy - in regions already reeling from deadly quakes last August.
There are reports this morning that as many as 30 people have been killed at the hotel.
'There are many dead,' Antonio Crocetta, the head of a group of Alpine police that was trying to reach the cut-off hotel, was quoted as saying.
Twenty firemen, two mountain rescue teams, six ambulances and local police were heading for the site last night, but the weather conditions were expected to cause major delays, a civil protection agency spokesman said.
Italy was hit by four earthquakes in four hours on Wednesday, killing one and bringing terror to snowbound mountain areas still recovering from last year's series of deadly tremors.
The quakes, all measuring more than five magnitude, struck close to Amatrice, the mountain town devastated by an August earthquake that left nearly 300 people dead.
Comment: Update: Miraculously, ten people have been discovered alive after being buried in snow for two days. They reportedly were kept warm by the snow, which insulated them "like an igloo."
The Independent (UK)
Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:50 UTC
An earthquake has struck Italy, shaking buildings in Rome just months after almost 300 people were killed in one of the worst disasters in living memory.
Residents of the capital described their homes and offices shaking at around 10.25am local time (9.5am BST).
The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) measured the quake at magnitude 5.4, placing the epicentre in Central Italy, just over 10 miles from Maltignano.
There was no immediate indication of deaths or severe damage, the organisation said.
Small tremors have reportedly been felt in Rome for several weeks but Wednesday's was the biggest seismic event in several months.
It comes just months after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake killed at least 299 people in the country's central regions in August.
It was followed by at least two more deadly earthquakes in Umbria and Marche in October, both measuring over six on the Richter scale.
International Business Times
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 09:43 UTC
The earthquake hit at 4:08 a.m. local time nearly seven miles beneath the earth's surface. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake was 5.4-magnitude. However, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) estimated a preliminary magnitude of 5.7.
There were no immediate reports of injuries of major damages caused by the quake. However, the its magnitude was felt by people near the epicenter and surrounding cities, many of whom reported on social media about experiencing aftershock tremors.
Tue, 17 Jan 2017 01:59 UTC
There were no immediate reports of casualties.
The U.S. Geological Survey estimated the quake's magnitude at 5.7 and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres southwest of Medan on the island of Sumatra.
There was traffic chaos on the streets, people ran out of buildings and power blackouts hit some areas.
Susanti, a guest at a hotel in Medan, said by phone that she and dozens of other people fled outside as the quake struck.
"I saw utility poles swaying. It was so scary," said Susanti, She said there was no visible damage to the hotel.
Mon, 16 Jan 2017 15:37 UTC
The magnitude 1.1 quake caused tremors and a loud rumble across Gwynedd just before 11pm.
According to the British Geological Survey, the quake's epicentre was in Beddgelert .
However, the Daily Post reported that a noise or rumbling sound was heard in Caernarfon , Blaenau Ffestiniog , Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog .
Chris Parry (@cjparry) tweeted: "Did anybody hear a low rumbling sound in the #porthmadog area just now? (Around 23.00) definitely not thunder."
There have been no reports of any structural damage in the area.
A mysterious loud bang was also heard in areas of Greater Manchester at the same time.
Greater Manchester Police confirmed they had received a number of reports and that they had investigated but had been unable to establish what caused the bang.
However, it is not known if the incident is connected with the earthquake.
Comment: A couple of weeks ago a 3.9 magnitude tremor struck off the eastern UK coast, the biggest quake for nearly a decade.
According to the EMSC, the quake was centered 184 kilometers (114 miles) southwest from Nadi, a city on Fiji's main island, at the depth of 60 kilometers.
No tsunami warning was issued. The Fiji Islands are parts of the so-called Ring of Fire, a strip of volcanoes and tectonic faults in the Pacific Ocean, and the area where 90 percent of all the earthquakes occur.
Comment: A few days ago a strong 7.3 magnitude undersea earthquake struck near the Philippines. The quake was measured at a depth of 617 km (380 miles), one of the deepest ever recorded.
Tue, 10 Jan 2017 19:14 UTC
It was triggered by a volcanic earthquake that occurred about 8 minutes before.
The powerful explosion occurred at 21:48 pm and sent a column of ash and gas 3km in the air.
There was a volcanic earthquake for 490 seconds when the eruption occurred.
Ashfall was recorded in Berastagi City.
An exclusion zone has been implemented in a radius of 3 km around the volcanic peak.