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At least 8 people dead in eastern Turkey after 5.7 magnitude earthquake hits Iran border area

Wreckage of a mud-brick construction is seen after tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province
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Wreckage of a mud-brick construction is seen after tremors from a 5.7-magnitude quake centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake kills eight people and leaves 21 others wounded, according to Turkey's interior minister.

At least eight people have been killed and 21 others injured in Turkey's Van province following an earthquake early Sunday, the country's interior minister has said.

Three of those killed were children, according to Suleyman Soylu, adding that some 1,066 buildings have collapsed.

The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority had begun rescue work, Soylu said.

"Search and rescue efforts are ongoing," he said.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the Turkey-Iran border region, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said. The quake had a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the EMSC said.


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Deadly gases detected at Eldvörp caves in Iceland, tourists warned to stay away

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The Icelandic Met Office has issued a warning advising people to stay away from the Eldvörp caves of Reykjanes, on account of high levels of deadly gases which have accumulated therein.

To wit, the warning as is follows:

"We warn about cave excursions in the Eldvörp area on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Deadly gases were measured yesterday of CO2 as well as deadly oxygen levels in a cave close to a parking lot, popular for hikers."

Comment: The warning comes on the heels of a still active Earthquake swarm near the city of Grindavik and swelling at the Volcano Thorbjorn: Possible magma accumulation on Reykjanes peninsula, Iceland


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Japan is rattled by 5.2-magnitude earthquake near Fukushima

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Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the country's east coast on February 12, 2020
Japan was rattled by a 5.2-magnitude earthquake off the country's east coast today

The US Geological Survey said today's earthquake had struck at a depth of around 50 miles under the sea.

One witness told earthquake monitoring service EMSC that the quake produced a 'weak but long shake' lasting about 10 seconds.

Another said their heater had moved around on its four wheels while making a sound. Officials in Fukushima prefecture warned residents that there could be aftershocks and directed them to official public safety advice.

Energy company TEPCO, which runs four nuclear power plants in the prefecture, said it was awaiting further information about the earthquake's impact.

In 2011, Fukushima was the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl when a 9.1-magnitude earthquake caused a tsunami.

The wave flooded the nuclear power plant and caused a massive meltdown, spewing out radiation that forced 160,000 people to flee their homes.

Japan is located on the Pacific 'Ring of Fire' and is one of the world's most earthquake-prone countries.

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7.0 - magnitude earthquake hits Kuril Islands near Japan

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According to Japan's Meteorological Agency, the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 160 kilometres to the south of Iturup island.

A 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit north-eastern Japan, affecting the islands of Hokkaido and the northern part of the Honshu island, the country's meteorological agency said.

It added that the epicentre of the quake was located at a depth of 160 kilometres. No tsunami alert has been issued.

No damage has so far been reported.

The quake was felt even in Tokyo. According to Japan's seven-grade scale of earthquake intensity, the Hokkaido island was hit by a 4-magnitude quake, while on Tokyo it was measured only at one.

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6.2-magnitude earthquake rocks Papua New Guinea

Seismologists said coastal residents near the epicentre would have felt 'quite strong ground shaking' as the tremor was close to the shore of Papua New Guinea

Seismologists said coastal residents near the epicentre would have felt 'quite strong ground shaking' as the tremor was close to the shore of Papua New Guinea
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea today, the US Geological Survey said.

The quake hit just after 4pm local time at a depth of 19 miles some 75 miles south of Kokopo, the capital of PNG's East New Britain province, the USGS said.

Despite the earthquake strike close to the shore no tsunami warning was issued, authorities said.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Trevor Allen said coastal communities near the epicentre would have felt 'quite strong ground shaking' as the tremblor was close to the shore.

But, he said, the area was relatively sparsely populated and flexible building design locally helped limit exposure to damage from quakes.

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Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits off Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 jolted 124km SSE of Bristol Island, South Sandwich Islands at 14:32:57 GMT on Saturday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 16.12 km, was initially determined to be at 60.0165 degrees south latitude and 25.4811 degrees west longitude.

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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits off coast of Mindanao, Philippines

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The island nation is located in a seismically active zone known as the Ring of Fire, which regularly endures both powerful and minor earthquakes.

A strong 6.0-magnitude tremor has struck 205 kilometres southeast of Davao, a city on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 kilometres at 13:40 UTC. No casualties or damage have been reported so far.​ There has been no tsunami alert issued with regard to the seismic activity.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology measured the quake at 6.1 magnitude. It registered a series of six aftershocks measuring 4.6 magnitude and lower. The national agency said no damage was expected.

In December, at least seven people were killed as a result of a magnitude 6.8 tremor that hit the southern island.

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6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Indonesia's Bali, no tsunami alert issued

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A 6.3-magnitude earthquake jolted Bali resort island earlier Thursday, but there was no potential for tsunami, the meteorology and geophysics agency said.

The quake struck at 01: 12 a.m. Jakarta time Thursday (1812 GMT Wednesday) with epicenter at 69 km northeast Bangkalan of East Java province and the depth at 636 km under sea bed, Jerisman Purba, an official in charge of the agency, said.

"The center of the quake is very deep. It did not potentially trigger tsunami, so we did not issue a warning for that," he told Xinhua by phone.

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Strong quakes hammer Greece for second day

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Magnitude 5.8 earthquake
Affected countries: Turkey and Greece
63 km from Karpathos, Greece · Jan 30, 12:21
Earthquakes today have emerged around the Pacific Ring of Fire, where most of the world's seismic activity takes place. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has recorded a total of 58 earthquakes, many of which touched down in clusters.

The world saw nearly 60 earthquakes today, most of which came in at middling magnitudes.

However, the USGS also recorded several potentially damaging higher magnitude tremors.

According to the organisation, today's biggest earthquake measured in at a magnitude of 5.8 and struck Greece earlier this morning.

The earthquake, one of six to strike the area from 1.30am today, rocked the Mediterranean sea to the east of Karpathos.

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