Nov 25

Strong earthquakes shake Indonesia

Source: msnbc

At least 3 killed, 45 injured
JAKARTA, Indonesia – Two strong earthquakes that struck eastern Indonesia overnight killed at least three people and injured 45 other people, a senior health ministry official said Monday. Dozens of buildings were reportedly destroyed or damaged.

The first quake, with a magnitude of 6.4, struck late Sunday just off Sumbawa island.

Several hours later, a powerful aftershock hit the same region.Rustam Pakaya, the top disaster official at Indonesia’s Health Ministry, said falling masonry as a result of the quake killed three people, including a child, and injured 45 others.

Aug 31

Earthquake of up to 7 on Richter scale expected to hit Lebanon

Source: The Daily Star
BEIRUT: The head of the Order of Engineers and Architects said Thursday that an earthquake might hit Lebanon. “Studies have showed that an earthquake with a maximum 6.5 to 7 on the Richter scale is expected here,” Samir Doumit said during a news conference held by the National Council for Scientific Research (NCSR) on seismology and tectonics in Lebanon. However, he said, “buildings designed with minimum resistibility to earthquakes” will escape much of the destruction. Read the rest of this entry »

Aug 27

Strong Earthquake Strikes Greek Island

Courtesy: Newsvine
ATHENS — A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.1 struck the western Greek island of Kefalonia on Monday, the Athens Geodynamic Institute said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.The quake struck at 9:29 a.m. and had an epicenter beneath the seabed off the west coast of the island, 185 miles west of Athens, the institute said. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 26

Powerful earthquake hits Indonesia

Courtsy: CNN
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — A powerful earthquake rocked eastern Indonesia on Thursday, sending residents fleeing from swaying homes and hospitals, authorities and witnesses said. There were no immediate reports of damage.
The quake, which had a preliminary magnitude of 7, triggered a tsunami warning but the alert was quickly lifted after it became clear no destructive waves had been generated, the country’s geophysics agency said. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 17

9 dead, nearly 1000 hurt in M6.8 quake in Niigata, vicinity


KASHIWAZAKI — An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 rocked a wide area centering on Niigata Prefecture on Monday morning, killing nine elderly people, injuring more than 900 people while causing a blaze at a nuclear plant, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency and a Kyodo News tally. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Japan quake injures dozens

By Elaine Lies, REUTERS UK

TOKYO (Reuters) – A strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday, injuring dozens of people, destroying some houses and causing a fire at a nuclear power plant, Japanese media and officials said. “I was on the street, and there was strong sideways shaking. I couldn’t remain standing. One wall has collapsed,” gasoline station worker Hiroki Takahashi told NHK in Kashiwazaki City, near the focus of the quake, where TV broadcasters said at least 12 people where trapped under collapsed houses. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 16

Strong earthquake jolts northwestern Japan

Courtsy msnbc
Tsunamis 20 inches tall hit some coastal regions
A strong earthquake jolted northwestern Japan on Monday morning and caused buildings in the capital Tokyo to sway. The Meteorological Agency said small tsunamis as high as 20 inches were believed to have hit coasts in the area. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 06

Strong earthquake strikes southern Mexico

Courtsey GEO TV

MEXICO CITY: A magnitude-6.1 earthquake shook southern Mexico and was felt as far away as the capital, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

Duty officer Chen Shenhzao said the earthquake struck Chiapasstate at 8.09 p.m. local time (0109 GMT).
Some Mexico City buildings shook, causing some residents to run out of their homes.

Jun 30

Vast coral reefs killed off by Sumatran earthquake

Reuters in Jakarta
Friday April 13, 2007
The Guardian

Indonesian reef with low coral cover and lack of structure. Photograph: AP/Wildlife Conservation Society

A strong earthquake that struck Indonesia’s Sumatra island two years ago has killed off some of the largest areas of coral ever documented, a study by scientists from two conservation groups found. The quake itself killed nearly 1,000 people on Nias island off the western coast of Sumatra island. Read the rest of this entry »

Apr 06

Earthquake and tsunami wipe out whole communities in Solomons

Walter Nalangu in Honiara, and Reuters
Tuesday April 3, 2007
The Guardian

A powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the tiny Solomon Islands yesterday, swallowing entire villages and killing 12 people, with many more reported missing. The quake, with a magnitude of at least 8.0, levelled buildings and damaged a hospital on the island of Gizo, northwest of the Solomons capital, Honiara. A tsunami described by a witness as being the height of a two-storey building sucked homes into the sea as thousands of panicked residents fled for higher ground. Read the rest of this entry »