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Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador

There have been no immediate reports of damages and injuries as a result of the strong quake.

A 6.2 magnitude earthquake has hit the coast of Ecuador 27 kilometres north of the city of Santa Elena, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

According to the USGS, the quake struck at a depth of 18.5 km.

The quake was followed by numerous aftershocks, according to the EMSC.

According to The Watchers, there are around 1,560,000 people living within 100 km (62 miles) of the epicentre of the quake.


6.4-magnitude earthquake hits New Britain island, Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit Papua New Guinea's New Britain island, 300km east of Kandrian, on Saturday, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.

The quake struck at 1130 GMT at a depth of 33 km, the Center added.

Source: Reuters


Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands

Earthquake Kuril Islands
The new jolts followed Wednesday's magnitude 4.6 earthquake which was registered off the coast of the Russian Kamchatka Peninsula.

The so-called Kuril-Kamchatka Arc, which extends some 2,100 km from Hokkaido, Japan along the Kuril Islands and the Pacific coast of Russia's Kamchatka Peninsula, is one of the most seismically active regions in the world also known as the Ring of Fire.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the quake - initially reported as a magnitude 6.5 - that struck east of the Kuril Islands on Friday morning local time, was 168 miles (270 km) east of the small town of Severo-Kurilsk. There have been no damages or casualties reported. The area is sparsely populated.

According to the Richter scale, earthquakes with a magnitude of 7.0- 7.9 are considered major and can cause severe damage. Quakes with a magnitude of 5.0-5.9 are considered to be moderate.


Strong 6.1-magnitude quake jolts eastern Indonesia's North Maluku province

The quake was 150km north-west of the coastal
The quake was 150km north-west of the coastal town of Ternate at a depth of 37km, according to the US Geological Survey.
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of North Maluku province in eastern Indonesia on Sunday (March 24), US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake was 150km north-west of the coastal town of at a depth of 37km, according to the US Geological Survey.

The quake was felt in Ternate but residents were unconcerned, a local said.

"I was watching TV when the earthquake suddenly happened. The jolt was quite strong but thankfully it was quick so there was no panic," Ternate resident Budi Nurgianto told AFP.

Officials are still assessing the quake's impact but there were no immediate reports of casualties.


Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits western Colombia

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck western Colombia in the Andes on Saturday but it was deep, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake struck 32 miles (51.5 km) northwest of the city of Tula, but it was 70.4 miles (113 km) deep, which would have dampened the shaking.


Strong 6.3 earthquake strikes Vanuatu, no tsunami warning so far

A 6.3 magnitude quake struck 64 km east of Luganville on Espiritu Santo, the largest island in Vanuatu, on Wednesday, at a depth of 123 km, the US Geological Survey reported.

No information about casualties or damage is available at the moment.

No tsunami warning has been issued so far.

Preliminary Earthquake Report:


Earthquake measuring 4.9 shakes south west France

The epicentre of the earthquake was located 5 km from Montendre
© Google Maps
The epicentre of the earthquake was located 5 km from Montendre.
People living in south western France felt the earth move on Wednesday morning when an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck just north of Bordeaux.

The earthquake struck at around 10.56 am about 50 kilometres north of Bordeaux. It could be felt all the way from Bordeaux to the city of Poitiers in western France, according to France's National Seismic Monitoring Network (RéNass).

The epicentre of the earthquake was about 5 km from Montendre in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.

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Vancouver Island overdue for the big one

Ring of Fire
© Nick Murray/News Staff
A map showing earthquakes and the various tectonic plates around the Pacific Ocean.
According to seismologists, Vancouver Island is overdue for a magnitude 7 earthquake and has entered a period of time where an additional magnitude 9 mega-thrust rupture earthquake, likely to cause a tsunami, can be expected.

"In our part of the world, there are the big Pacific and North American [tectonic] plates, and caught in-between the two is the Juan de Fuca plate system," says Taimi Mulder, seismologist at the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC), which monitors all seismic activity in Western Canada.

Over millions of years, these plates push and grind under and past each other in areas called subduction zones. Earthquakes are caused and can be tiny or they can be massive, like the 2004 Sumatran earthquake, which ruptured 1,000 kilometres of coastline.

"An earthquake is like ringing a bell. The earthquake is the clapper that sets it off and the bell reverberates," said Mulder. "In an earthquake, energy is sent shooting in all directions and it pings around inside the earth making the whole earth vibrate."

Magnitude 4 or 5 earthquakes will likely wake you up, while a 7 will result in toppled bookcases and fallen chimneys. Thanks to B.C.'s stringent building code, structural collapse is not expected in magnitude 7s. Magnitude 8 or 9s have the same severity of shaking as a 7, but their duration lasts longer, often over 2 or 3 minutes. They cause structural building damage and ruptured gas lines, often causing fire.

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At least 5 killed by earthquake-triggered landslide on Lombok, Indonesia

A resident of Montong Gading district, East Lombok, stands by her collapsed house after an earthquake on Sunday
A resident of Montong Gading district, East Lombok, stands by her collapsed house after an earthquake on Sunday
A 5.4-magnitude earthquake on Lombok Island, West Nusa Tenggara, has caused a landslide in North Lombok regency, killing at least five people and injuring more than 30 - most of whom were foreign and domestic tourists.

According to a statement issued by the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency on Sunday afternoon, a 5.4-magnitude tectonic earthquake jolted East Lombok regency. The earthquake struck at about 2 p.m. local time, with its epicenter located approximately 20 kilometers north of the regency's Selong city. It was estimated to be 20 km deep.

While the agency stated the earthquake did not trigger a tsunami, North Lombok regency administration said it had caused a landslide at the Tiu Kelep Waterfall in Bayan district. The earthquake also destroyed several houses.


M6.5 earthquake strikes southeast Bolivia

Bolivia earthquake
An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.5 struck near the city of Cochabamba in southeastern Bolivia early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured. The quake struck some 55 km (34 miles) southeast of Cochabamba, the USGS said.

Reporting by Darren Schuettler; editing by Christian Schmollinger