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A total of 12 major quakes, (Mag 6 or higher) occurred in March with all 12 recorded around the Pacific ring of fire

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March delivered 12 major quakes, (Mag 6 or higher) with the biggest being a Mag 7.0 - 25km NNE of Azangaro, Peru on the first day of March.

All 12 major quakes in March were recorded around the Pacific ring of fire, see map above.

So far, 2019 has recorded 33 major quakes with the biggest being a Mag 7.5 - 117km ESE of Palora, Ecuador in February, see the video below.

30 of the 33 major quakes recorded this year happened along the Pacific ring of fire.


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Shallow magnitude 6.5 earthquake hits off Aleutian Islands, Alaska

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A 6.5-magnitude earthquake was registered off the coast of Kiska in the Aleutian Islands near Alaska on Tuesday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported.

The quake was registered at 21:35 GMT. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 31 kilometres (19 miles) to the northeast of the island at a depth of 19.1 kilometres (12 miles). No casualties or damages have been reported.

The Aleutian Islands with their 57 volcanoes form the northernmost part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, where a large number of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions occur.

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Strong shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake hits off Mauritius

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A 6.0-magnitude earthquake has been registered off the coast of Mauritius on Monday, the data of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) showed.

The quake was registered at 18:39 GMT. The epicentre of the earthquake was located 264 kilometres (164 miles) to the northeast of the town of Port Mathurin at a depth of 10 kilometres.

No casualties or damages have been reported.

The earthquakes with magnitude 6.0 up to 6.9 are considered to be strong earthquakes according to the Richter magnitude scale. Strong earthquakes can cause damage to some well-built structures in populated areas and are usually felt in wider areas with a range up to hundreds of miles/kilometres from the epicentre.

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Strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake hits near the coast of Ecuador

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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.

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

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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

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Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off Russia's Kuril Islands

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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.

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

The quake was 150km north-west of the coastal
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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.

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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits western Colombia

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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.

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Strong 6.3 earthquake strikes Vanuatu, no tsunami warning so far

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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:

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Earthquake measuring 4.9 shakes south west France

The epicentre of the earthquake was located 5 km from Montendre
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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.