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Magnitude 6.4 earthquake shakes Guatemala and southern Mexico, no damage reported

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A strong earthquake struck Guatemala on Wednesday, shaking the Central American nation and parts of Southern Mexico, though the quake's deep hypocenter of more than 150 miles underneath the earth's surface seems to have averted damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the magnitude 6.4 quake struck at a depth of 252 kilometers (156.6 miles) and its epicenter was some 2 kilometers southeast of the municipality of Canilla, Guatemala.

Guatemala's natural disaster agency said there were no immediate reports of damage, while the civil protection authorities of the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said there were no injuries or damage to property.

Neighboring El Salvador said on Twitter there was no risk of a tsunami from the quake.

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Magnitude 7.6 earthquake hits near Tonga, no tsunami warning is issued

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An earthquake of magnitude 7.4 struck off Tonga on Thursday, United States Geological Survey said.

The quake was at a depth of 212 km (132 miles) and the epicenter was at a distance of 73km northwest of Hihifo, Tonga, the USGS reported.

Hihifo is the main village on the island of Niuatoputapu, north of Tonga's main group of islands.

The U.S. Tsunami Warning System said there was no tsunami warning.

Angie Pula Letuligasenoa was in her home in Iliili, near Pago Pago International Airport, when the 'rolling' earthquake struck.

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M2.5 earthquake in Donegal, Ireland, is country's 'largest seismic event on record'

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Glenveagh National Park: The earthquake occurred 10 kilometres beneath Glenveagh.
A 2.5-magnitude earthquake in the Derryveagh mountains - the joint largest onshore earthquake ever recorded in Ireland - was felt in Buncrana and Desertegney at the weekend.

The tremor was registered throughout County Donegal with some residents reporting that the earthquake shook their homes when it occurred at a depth of approximately 10 kilometres at 12.30am near Glenveagh National Park on Saturday.

The Irish National Seismic Network (INSN) operated by the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) said it had received reports that the event was felt throughout the Donegal area and was recorded by seismic stations operated by the DIAS in Mayo, Tipperary, Louth, Galway, Dublin, Cork, Kerry and Wexford.

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Shallow 6.2 Magnitude earthquake hits Japan

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A 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck Japan on Friday.

Officials said there was no preliminary damage and no tsunami threat.

The earthquake struck Ishikawa prefecture near the central-west coast of the main Japanese island of Honshu, according to the US Geological Survey's earthquake information center.


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Two small earthquakes hit the Netherlands

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On Sunday evening April 16th, an earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale was felt by residents of the Dutch province of Limburg. Residents in the vicinity of the Dutch cities of Venlo and Roermond in particular felt the earthquake. The epicenter of the earthquake was located in the German city of Brüggen, which lies very close to the border with the Netherlands. It occurred at a depth of 19 kilometers (12 miles).

Several Dutch residents of Venlo tweeted about the event:

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Swarms of earthquakes rock central southern California over 24 hours in northward progression

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The series of earthquakes hit California's Salton Sea region on April 29, 2023
A slew of earthquakes shook up the Salton Sea region of Southern California within 24 hours over the weekend, with the seismic activity reaching up to 4.5 in magnitude.

The first swarm began at 12:08 p.m. Saturday in the US-Mexico border town of Herber, with nearly 50 tremors shaking the area until 5:12 a.m. Sunday, the US Geological Survey reported. The Herber quakes reached up to 3.7 in magnitude and were felt by about 60 people.

The second swarm struck nearly 40 miles north, by the town of Niland, where more than 25 tremors then shook the southeast shore of the Salton Sea starting at 12.09 a.m. Sunday.

Those earthquakes lasted until 5:28 a.m. and reached a higher magnitude of 4.5, which was felt by about 30 people, UGS said.

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2 strong earthquakes of magnitude 6 and 6.6 hit the Pacific Ocean south of Fiji

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Two strong earthquakes, the largest a 6.6, and smaller aftershocks have hit the Pacific Ocean far south of Fiji and Tonga, seismologists say. There is no threat of a tsunami.

The first quake, which had a magnitude of 6.0, struck at 3:13 p.m. Fiji time on Friday and was centered about 785 kilometers (490 miles) south of Suva, the capital of Fiji, or 790 km (490 mi) southwest of Tonga.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was followed by a stronger earthquake, a 6.6, just moments later.
Both struck nearly 600 kilometers (370 miles) below the seabed, making them very deep earthquakes.

The earthquakes were followed by two moderate aftershocks during the next hour, both of which measured 5.5, according to the USGS. The first one struck at 3:34 p.m., the other one at 3:51 p.m.

There is no threat of a tsunami from Friday's earthquakes.

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Shallow earthquake measuring 7.1 off Indonesia's Sumatra island briefly triggers tsunami warning - 2nd major quake within 24 hours

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A strong undersea earthquake has sent streams of people fleeing to higher ground in western Indonesia, after a tsunami warning was briefly triggered.

Footage released by the National Disaster Mitigation Agency showed how streams of people in a village on Mentawai Island fled to the highlands by foot and motorcycles under the rain in darkness early Tuesday, while some patients at the village's hospital were evacuated to its yard as cracks showed in the facility's floor.

The shocks were felt in districts and cities of West Sumatra and North Sumatra provinces, and some places ordered evacuations to higher ground.


Residents in parts of West Sumatra province, including the provincial capital of Padang, felt the earthquake strongly for about 30 seconds, disaster agency spokesperson Abdul Muhari said.

Comment: About 19 hours earlier: Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude strikes Kermadec Islands


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Earthquake of 7.1 magnitude strikes Kermadec Islands

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An earthquake of 7.1 magnitude hit the Kermadec Islands region near New Zealand on Monday, stated the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

The earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles). USGS initially reported the magnitude of the earthquake at 7.3 but later downgraded it to 7.1.

The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre stated that the tsunami threat which occurred from the earthquake that jolted the Kermadec Islands region has now passed.

As per the National Centre for Seismology, the earthquake's longitude was -178.02 and its latitude was -29.95.

The National Centre for Seismology tweeted that New Zealand's Kermadec Islands were rocked by an earthquake of 7.2 magnitude on Monday.

Comment: About 19 hours later: Shallow earthquake measuring 7.1 off Indonesia's Sumatra island briefly triggers tsunami warning


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Strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake shakes Papua New Guinea

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A strong earthquake shook Papua New Guinea on Wednesday but no serious damage or casualties were expected, officials said.

The magnitude 6.3 earthquake was centered in West New Britain province at a depth of 55.7 kilometers (35 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It said the quake caused strong shaking, but economic losses and casualties were expected to be small.