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Quake shakes Acapulco, tourists to streets

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Acapulco, Mexico - A moderate earthquake shook the Mexican Pacific coast resort of Acapulco on Tuesday, forcing dozens of nervous spring vacationers into the streets. No damages or injuries were reported.

The magnitude-5.7 quake occurred at 6:07 a.m. local time (1107 GMT) and was centered about 30 miles (50 kilometers) northeast of Acapulco, in the state of Guerrero, the U.S. Geological Survey in Colorado reported on its website. It was followed by a magnitude-4.6 replica at 6:18 a.m. (1118 GMT), the agency said.

The quake occurred at a depth of nearly 13 miles (20 kilometers).

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Series of five tremors off Maltese coast

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© Malta Tourism Authority
A series of five earth tremors, with the first occurring at around midnight, were felt in various localities in Malta yesterday, as reports of shaking and objects moving on the shelves reached this newspaper.

The first earthquake, of magnitude 3.5, occurred early this morning at around eleven minutes past midnight, about 37 km east of Malta. This was followed by other events at approximately the same location.

The next quake, of magnitude 3.3, occurred at 3:34am, then at 4:44am a third quake of magnitude 2.5 occurred. The next one was at around 6:39am, and of magnitude 3.5 and the final one happened at around 11.30am. Another tremor, the strongest at 4.0 on the richter scale was felt just after 3pm. The tremor was located at a depth of 2km in the sea 25km off Zabbar. It was also felt in Italy.

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Pakistan: 5.0 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Jammu and Kashmir

An earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale struck Jammu and Kashmir Monday morning. The epicentre of the quake was located in Pakistan, the local disaster management authority said.

"The earthquake was of mild intensity with coordinates measuring 36.23 north and 72.17 east. It struck at 6.25 a.m. Its epicentre lay in Pakistan. No damage has been reported from anywhere so far," said Amir Ali, in-charge of the the disaster management cell at the provincial headquarters here.

It may be mentioned that more than half a dozen earthquakes have rocked the Valley during the last two months. Jammu and Kashmir is located in a highly seismic zone.

More than 40,000 people were killed in a massive quake, measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, that rocked this state in 2005.

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Strong, shallow earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

A strong and shallow earthquake hit eastern Indonesia early Monday, sending residents, hotels guests and patients from a hospital fleeing in panic. Some homes were damaged, with windows shattered and walls cracked, but there were no immediate reports of injuries.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude-6.2 quake was centered 45 miles (75 kilometers) southeast of Kendari, a town on Sulawesi island, at a depth of just 6 miles (9 kilometers). It was followed by three strong aftershocks.

Andre Wijaya, a geological official in Kendari, said the earth shook violently beneath his feet.

"Women and children were screaming as they ran from their homes and into nearby fields," said Lt. Laode Surachman, a police officer in Kendari, adding that hotels emptied out and patients in a hospital were evacuated to safety. "Even officers taking part in morning roll call scattered and fled."

Indonesia straddles a series of fault lines that make the vast island nation prone to volcanic and seismic activity.

A giant quake off the country on Dec. 26, 2004, triggered a tsunami in the Indian Ocean that killed 230,000 people, half of them in Indonesia's westernmost province of Aceh.

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Indonesia - Earthquake Magnitude 6.2 - Sulawesi

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Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Sunday, April 24, 2011 at 23:07:51 UTC

Monday, April 25, 2011 at 07:07:51 AM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
4.593°S, 122.808°E

Depth:
9.4 km (5.8 miles)

Region:
SULAWESI, INDONESIA

Distances:
75 km (46 miles) SSE of Kendari, Sulawesi, Indonesia

99 km (61 miles) NNE of Baubau, Sulawesi, Indonesia

534 km (331 miles) NW of DILI, Timor-Leste

1240 km (770 miles) NW of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia

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US: Preliminary magnitude-3.1 quake rumbles in Arkansas

The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded a preliminary magnitude-3.1 earthquake near Greenbrier in central Arkansas.

The quake was recorded at 7:20 a.m. Saturday three miles northeast of Greenbrier - about 35 miles north of Little Rock. Greenbrier police say there weren't any reports of injuries or damage. A magnitude-2.2 quake was recorded in the same area 20 minutes later.

Seismologists have recorded some 1,000 quakes in the region since September - including a magnitude 4.7 in February that was the strongest earthquake recorded in Arkansas in 35 years.

The latest quakes come after two natural gas exploration companies - Oklahoma City-based Chesapeake Energy Corp. and Clarita Operating LLC - agreed this week to keep two nearby injection wells shutdown as researchers study whether the operations are linked to the quakes.

Source: The Associated Press

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US, California: 3.6 Earthquake Shakes East County

Quake Centered Near Vallecito, About 16 Miles East-Southeast Of Julian

A magnitude 3.6 earthquake shook eastern San Diego County on Saturday, according to automated seismographs and computers operated by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quake was centered near the village of Vallecito, about 16 miles east-southeast of Julian, or about 50 miles east-northeast of downtown San Diego. It hit at 1:49 p.m.

The quake was in a seismically-active valley along the Great Southern Overland Stage Route Of 1849, a bit northwest of the cluster of thousands of aftershocks from last year's magnitude 7.2 Mexicali earthquake.

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Earthquake with Magnitude of 6.0 Hits Off Coast of Honshu, Japan

A powerful 6.0-magnitude tremor has stuck near the eastern coast of Japan's Honshu Island.

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The US Geological Survey website says the earthquake occurred at 10:12 am GMT on Saturday at a depth of 38.9km, 160km east of the city of Morioka. There have been no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The latest tremor comes along the series of aftershocks that followed the March 11 mega earthquake and ensuing tsunami that devastated Japan's northeast.

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Solomon Islands - Earthquake Magnitude 6.9

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© USGS
Earthquake Location
Date-Time:
Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 04:16:55 UTC

Saturday, April 23, 2011 at 03:16:55 PM at epicenter

Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones

Location:
10.349°S, 161.233°E

Depth:
81.6 km (50.7 miles)

Region:
SOLOMON ISLANDS

Distances:
76 km (47 miles) W of Kira Kira, San Cristobal, Solomon Isl.

173 km (107 miles) SE of HONIARA, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands

184 km (114 miles) SSE of Auki, Malaita, Solomon Islands

2084 km (1294 miles) NNE of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia

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Earth opening up: Video of ground shifting during 3.7 earthquake in Japan April 10