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6.6-magnitude earthquake rocks southern Philippines

6.6-magnitude earthquake rocks southern Philippines

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Oct. 29 (UPI) -- A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines Tuesday, killing at least four people and causing damage to infrastructure throughout Mindanao Island. The earthquake struck about 13 miles south of Tulunan, Cotabato, at a depth of 4.3 miles after 9 a.m., according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, which is also known as Phivolcs. Arthur Davin, mayor of Magsaysay near the temblor's epicenter, said a 15-year-old and a 66-year-old were killed by falling debris and Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Weng Gafate said two others were found dead in Arakan. At least 70 people were sent to the hospital to receive treatment for injuries sustained from the earthquake, said Rolly Aquino, chief of disaster management for South Cota...
Five dead, dozens injured after strong earthquake rocks Philippines

Five dead, dozens injured after strong earthquake rocks Philippines

World
Oct. 17 (UPI) -- The death toll climbed to five Thursday after a strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Philippines, damaging buildings and threatening landslides, officials. The temblor struck about 13 miles east of Tulunan in North Cotabato province after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a depth of 5 miles, the Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said. Tulunan, North Cotabato and M'lang municipalities and Kidapawan City felt the earthquake at a 7 Intensity, which the Philippines seismology institute, also known as Phivolcs, describes as "destructive" on its 10-degree scale. Hundreds of aftershocks have rippled through the region, continuing into Thursday afternoon with some registering as high as magnitude 5.3. At least 27 people were injured and 5 were killed by the ea...
4.9-magnitude earthquake triggers hotels to evacuate in Acapulco, Mexico

4.9-magnitude earthquake triggers hotels to evacuate in Acapulco, Mexico

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Tourists were evacuated from hotels in Acapulco, Mexico, on Saturday after a 4.9-magnitude earthquake shook the region. The earthquake struck 14 miles northwest of San Marcos, Mexico, near Acapulco at 12:20 p.m., EDT, the United States Geological Survey reported. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage following the quake. Mexico is located atop three of the large tectonic plate and is one of the world's most seismically active regions, according to the USGS. The relative motion of these crustal plates causes frequent earthquakes and occasional volcanic eruptions. Earlier on Saturday, a 3.5-magnitude earthquake struck off of the coast of San Francisco, California. The USGS reported the quake was 3.7 miles away from Colma, Calif., and 9.9 miles southwest of San Francisco. ...
Indonesia issues tsunami warning after magnitude 6.9 earthquake

Indonesia issues tsunami warning after magnitude 6.9 earthquake

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July 7 (UPI) -- The Indonesian Geophysics Agency issued a tsunami warning that later expired in the wake of an earthquake that struck off the country's eastern coast Sunday. The magnitude 6.9 quake struck in the Molucca Sea between North Sulawesi and North Maluku at 11:08 p.m. local time, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. The depth was 22.5 miles below the surface. Indonesian media reported that the effects of the earthquake were felt in the city of Manando and the surrounding areas. There were no immediate reports of injuries, deaths or damage. Sunday also saw contunued seismic activity in California, after the U.S. state was struck by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake on Thursday, followed by a magnitude 7.1 quake on Friday. Geophysicist John Bellini told CNN that more than 4,700 quake...
Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

Technology
Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $ 25 billion in damage. A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster: ——— THE QUAKE At 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, a hidden fault lurking under the city's San Fernando Valley neighborhoods unleashed a magnitude 6.7 earthquake that shattered buildings, broke water mains and ignited fires. The so-called blind thrust fault — one with no surface features to reveal its presence — caused a block of earth to move upward. Most of the energy was released toward mountains that line the northern side of the valley, but there was more than enough energy sent in oth...