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50 injured after shallow 6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Turkey

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A magnitude-6.1 earthquake struck northwest Turkey during Wednesday's early hours, injuring at least 50 people.

The shallow tremor struck about 170 kilometres (105 miles) east of Istanbul, the country's largest city, where it was strongly felt.

National authorities said the quake was at a magnitude of 5.9 -- lower than the 6.1 given by the US Geological Survey -- and its epicentre was in Duzce province's Golyaka district, though it also shook other nearby cities.

"We were woken up with a big noise and tremor," Duzce resident Fatma Colak told AFP.


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Southern California feels effect of shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Mexican coast

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A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck near the coast of Mexico's Baja California on Tuesday morning, with impacts felt over 150 miles away in Southern California.

The United States Geological Survey says the quake occurred in the Pacific Ocean, about 125 miles south of the U.S. border.

A tsunami is not expected, according to the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center.

USGS reports indicate the earthquake could be felt as far as 200 miles away near Palm Desert, California. A USA TODAY journalist observed a small amount of shaking at an apartment building near Del Mar, California.

The USGS considers a 6.0 earthquake to be moderate and likely to cause property damage. In contrast, a 7.0 earthquake is considered strong, likely to be deadly and expected to cause billions in damage.

Comment: In addition the United States Geological Survey has the depth of the quake as 10 kms.


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Buildings damaged and power lost after shallow magnitude 7 and 6 earthquakes hit Solomon Islands

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Buildings were left damaged and widespread power outages reported in the Solomons Island capital, Honiara, after two earthquakes struck just off the south-west coast on Tuesday.

The first magnitude 7.0 earthquake briefly triggered a tsunami warning from the United States Geological Survey, but this warning was withdrawn soon after.

A second quake, with a magnitude of 6.0, struck nearby 30 minutes later.

Power was out in some areas of Honiara and Solomon Islands Broadcasting said in a statement that all radio services were off air.

The Australian prime minister, Anthony Albanese, said the roof of the Australian high commission annexe in Honiara had collapsed, "which points to likely damage throughout the city".


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6.9-magnitude earthquake strikes off western Indonesia

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A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off western Indonesia Friday, the United States Geological Survey said, with no immediate reports of damage.

The quake hit just after 8:30 pm (1330 GMT) at a shallow depth, with an epicentre near Enggano, a small outlying island about 155 kilometres (95 miles) southwest of Sumatra's Bengkulu, the USGS said.

A magnitude 5.4 aftershock struck the same area at 9:07 pm (1407 GMT), USGS said.

"We have checked with authorities on Enggano island, the closest to epicentre and they reported the earthquake was felt weakly there, so far there has been no reports on damages or casualties, but we are still doing more assessment," spokesman of the national disaster mitigation agency Abdul Muhari told AFP.

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West Texas hit with rare 5.3 magnitude earthquake

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5.3m earthquake hits west Texas November 16, 2022
A rare magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck west Texas near Mentone on Wednesday around 3:30 pm central. This is the third strongest quake to ever strike Texas.

According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the Texas quake was about 30 miles west of Toyah. Shaking was felt as far as Alpine, NewsWest9 reported.

The quake was followed by a few aftershocks. No reports of damage or injuries so far.

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6.1 magnitude earthquake hits Japan, no tsunami warning issued

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A 6.1-magnitude earthquake was detected off central Japan on Monday, shaking Tokyo and other cities, officials said, but no tsunami warning was issued.

The quake struck at 5:09 pm (0809 GMT) off central Mie prefecture with a depth of about 350 kilometres (217 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

There were no reports of damage or injuries and no abnormalities were detected at the Fukushima nuclear plants, according to public broadcaster NHK.

The US Geological Survey also measured the quake at a magnitude of 6.1.

The Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures, north of Tokyo, experienced stronger shaking on Japan's seismic scale, despite the regions being hundreds of kilometres from the epicentre.

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6.1-magnitude earthquake hits south of Fiji Islands - 6th major quake for the region in 5 days

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An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 hit the southern part of Fiji Islands on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 627.4 km, was initially determined to be at 26.042 degrees south latitude and 178.226 degrees east longitude.

No tsunami warning was issued after the earthquake.

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Shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake strikes near coast of Chile

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Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 18 km depth

A shallow magnitude 6.2 earthquake was reported late at night near Curanilahue, Arauco, Region del Biobio, Chile.

According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday, November 12th, 2022, at 11:24 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.


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Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, Fiji - 5th for the region in 3 days

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Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 587 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & time Nov 12, 2022 07:09:14 UTC
Local time at epicenter Saturday, Nov 12, 2022 at 8:09 pm (GMT +13)
Status Confirmed
Magnitude 7
Depth 587.2 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude 20.1155°S / 178.3627°W (South Pacific Ocean, Fiji)

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Pacific tsunami warning withdrawn after 7.3 magnitude earthquake east of Tonga - 4th major quake for the region in 2 days

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U.S. authorities have withdrawn the tsunami warning it had declared Friday for multiple Pacific Ocean territories for a 7.3 magnitude earthquake 211 kilometers northeast of Tonga, in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

The earthquake was recorded at 11:48 a.m. (Spanish peninsular time) with a hypocenter at a depth of about 25 kilometers, according to the report of the Earthquake Emergency Program of the United States Geological Survey (USGS), for its acronym in English.

Comment: Two days earlier: 3 major earthquakes hit South Pacific in quick succession - magnitudes 6.8, 7.0 and 6.6