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…

Large New Zealand earthquake causes a laugh

A pre-dawn earthquake on the east coast of New Zealand was the most powerful earthquake in 20 years. The 7.1-magnitude quake’s epicentre was deep in the ocean, northeast of the town of Te Araroa in the Gisborne district of the…

Myanmar (Burma) earthquake kills 3 and destroys 1000-year-old temples

A magnitude-6.8 earthquake has struck central Myanmar, last Thursday, shaking buildings across the South-East Asian nation and, according to police, damaging several Buddhist temples in the ancient city of Bagan. The quake was felt as far away as Bangkok. A…

Australian town hit by 33 earthquakes in 30 days

What a headline, for the small town of Norseman, located 720 km east of Perth in western Australia. The tremors have ranged in intensity from 2.7 to 4.2 in magnitude with the exception of a 5.6 earthquake earlier this month.…

Quake resistance homes in spotlight

Of the 48 people who died from the successive quakes in Japan recently, nearly 80 percent of them apparently died because they were trapped under or hit by collapsed houses or buildings, highlighting once again the need for making houses…

India expands its earthquake risk areas

Firefighters and emergency workers in India have been put on notice that there are far more cities vulnerable to earthquake than have been previous identified. In all, 81 new towns and cities were added to a list of areas prone…

Taiwan earthquake update

Taiwan lies on the boundary between the Eurasian Plate and the Philippine Sea Plate, which are converging at 80 mm per year. The island is the result of uplift caused by the collision of the northern end of the Luzon Arc…

Huge quake strikes off Indonesia but tsunami warnings cancelled

By Kanupriya Kapoor and Eveline Danubrata JAKARTA (Reuters) – A massive quake struck on Wednesday off the Indonesian island of Sumatra, a region devastated by the 2004 Indian Ocean quake and tsunami, but initial fears of another region-wide disaster faded…

YONE meet the challenge following Taiwan earthquake

At 03:57 local time (19:57 UTC) on February 6th 2016, an earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.4 struck 28 km northeast of Pingtung City in southern Taiwan, in the Meinong District of Kaohsiung, causing widespread damage and 117 deaths.…

Young girl rescued two days after Taiwan quake; toll could exceed 100

By J.R. Wu and Damon Lin TAINAN, Taiwan (Reuters) – Rescuers pulled out an eight-year-old girl alive from the rubble of a Taiwan apartment block on Monday more than 60 hours after it was toppled by an earthquake, as the…

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck northeastern India, killing at least five people and injuring nearly 100.

But the toll was expected to rise, with rescue efforts hampered by severed power supplies and telecommunication links. The US Geological Survey said the quake of magnitude 6.8 was 57 km deep and struck 29km west of Imphal, the capital…

What if a Large Earthquake Hit?

Earthquakes pose a major risk across Asia and recent events have demonstrated their power to take lives, destroy buildings and disrupt societal functioning. In what follows we outline a methodology for building realistic earthquake disaster scenarios for major cities using…

Nepal Earthquake update

The official death toll is now at 2,500 and 5000 serious injuries, unofficially estimates are that the number of fatalities will climb to 10,000 when outlying areas are reached. Rescuers are searching frantically for survivors of the huge 7.9 quake…

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