5.9 quake hits north-eastern Japan

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck north-eastern Japan early on Wednesday, 6 October, but there was no threat of a tsunami and no injuries or major property damage were immediately reported, the weather agency and local authorities said.…

Deadly 5.9 earthquake hits Pakistan

At least 20 people, including six children, were killed in a 5.9 quake that hit the Pakistani district of Harnai just after 3am on Thursday, 9 October. The quake was felt across at least six cities and towns, but the…

At least three killed, dozens injured as shallow quake hits China’s Sichuan province

At least three people were killed and dozens injured when a shallow earthquake struck south-western China in the early hours of Thursday, 14 September, triggering the second-highest level of emergency response by rescuers in Sichuan province, state media said. The…

Pressure is building along one of the most active fault lines in the world and New Zealand is in a race to be ready

The Alpine Fault runs along the country’s South Island and it has a history of sudden movements. Scientists can read the lakes and old-growth forests in the foothills of the Southern Alps and learn about what’s come before. What they…

Indonesia is hit by cyclones and then an earthquake on Saturday

Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Sunday (11 April) ordered swift rescue and relief efforts after eight people died in an earthquake that hit off southern Java island. Three others were badly injured in Saturday’s magnitude-5.9 quake and more than 1,180…

7.3 earthquake knocks out 20% of Japan’s refining capacity

Japanese refiners led by the biggest, Eneos Corp, shut down a fifth of the country’s crude-oil refining capacity after a powerful earthquake on Saturday, 20 February struck north-eastern Japan, knocking out power, bullet trains and injuring more than 150 people.…

Christchurch earthquake, ten years on

It has been a decade since Christchurch, New Zealand suffered an earthquake, causing widespread destruction and the deaths of 185 people. The 25 seconds of horror and the many aftershocks are still vivid in the minds of those that have…

7.3 earthquake hits off Japanese coast and brings back memories of deadly 2011 tsunami

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 hit off the coast of eastern Japan on Saturday (13 February), shaking buildings and triggering widespread blackouts. No major casualties were reported, according to Kyodo news agency, which reported that more than…

Rescue operations in Indonesia, with 81 known deaths, are being hampered by torrential rains after Friday’s earthquake

It was unclear how many people – dead or alive – could still be under the mountains of debris in the aftermath of Friday’s 6.2-magnitude earthquake, as scores of rescuers combed through the destruction, filling body bags with corpses. The…

Tokyo will probably face a massive earthquake in the next 30 years

Article by Jake Sturmer and Yumi Asada. The country occupies the intersection of four tectonic plates. The result has been events of unimaginable horror and carnage. Living with this risk is a reality of life in Japan, which lies on…

Two Die and Many More Trapped in the Tourist Resort of Lombok, Bali

About 30 tourists have been evacuated from a waterfall site hit by landslides on the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, where two people have died, authorities say. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday, just hours after…

Tokyo Metropolitan Government Issue Advice on What to do Before, During and After an Earthquake

The risk of Earthquakes remains ever present in Japan and the continuous public education for residents ensures a good level of preparedness. Visitors are provided with access to comprehensive guides written in English and the Tokyo Government are keen that…

Northern Japan Suffers Fatal Earthquake

The death toll from last Thursday’s powerful earthquake on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido is at least 16, with 26 people remain missing.  Days after the magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit the Island of Hokkaido rescue workers are still looking…

Death toll soars to 82 after another tragic Indonesian quake

Last week a 6.4 magnitude earthquake hit the Indonesian holiday island of Lombok, that earthquake killed a dozen people and injured many more. As the island was just beginning to start the recovery process a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, last night,…

Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano Eruption Continues to Destroy Homes

After a week of earthquakes, lava flows and new fissures Kilauea volcano continues to erupt on Hawaii’s Big Island. The flow of lava intensified Sunday (yesterday) from ongoing eruptions at Hawaii Island’s Kilauea volcano, and molten rock is pouring from fissures…

Taiwan Hit by Strong Earthquake

Taiwan has suffered a strong earthquake leading to at least two people being killed and more than more than 200 injured report officials. The tremor measuring 6.4-magnitude struck on 6 February at 23:50 local time 12 miles off the island’s east…

South Korea hit by second largest quake in history

South Korea was hit by a rare earthquake which struck South Korea’s southeast on the afternoon of Wednesday, Nov 15. Reaching a magnitude of 5.4-magnitude, it was the second most powerful quake on record in a country that seldom experiences significant…

Three earthquakes in 20 minutes hit the Philippines yesterday (9th April)

A series of three earthquakes ranging in magnitude from 5.0 to 5.9 have struck the Philippines south of Manila. The strong earthquakes damaged buildings and caused panicked tourists to flee a popular dive resort near the Philippine capital on Saturday.…

Powerful earthquake strikes Mindanao, Philippines

On the morning of Saturday 11th, February at 1.00am, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck killing at least six people in the southern Philippines, injured about 120 others, damaged buildings and the airport. It woke residents from sleep in Surigao del Norte province…

Busy time in Hawaii for emergency workers

Hawaii’s emergency services are getting no rest, over the last couple of days in particular, on the big Island. First the U.S. Geological Survey’s Hawaiian Volcano Observatory recorded a 4.5-magnitude earthquake off Hawaii Island on Sunday morning. Second, trade wind…

45,000 homeless, 102 killed and 11,000 buildings destroyed in Indonesian earthquake

The 6.5 magnitude quake that hit Aceh on the 7th December is thought to have killed more than 100 and destroyed over 11,000 buildings across the three districts near its epicentre. The agency said the scale of the quake’s destruction…

‘Utter devastation’ after major quake, aftershocks hit New Zealand

By Charlotte Greenfield and Greg Stutchbury WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake pummelled central New Zealand early on Monday, killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings and setting off hundreds of strong aftershocks. Emergency response teams…

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