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7.6 quake strikes off Solomon Islands

A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands Sunday, sending strong waves crashing into the coast but there were no reports of significant damage. The quake struck at 7:14am (2014 GMT Saturday) waking residents in the Solomons capital Honiara about 300 kilometres from the epicentre, and was followed 10 minutes later by a 5.9-magnitude aftershock. The US Geological Survey, which measured the undersea quake at around 29 kilometres (18 miles) deep, issued a "green alert", indicating there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

7.6 quake strikes off Solomon Islands

A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off the Solomon Islands early Sunday, US geologists said. The US Geological Survey said the quake was measured at a depth of around 29 kilometres (18 miles) and was about 300 kilometres south east of Solomon Islands' capital Honiara. The US Geological Survey issued a "green alert", indicating there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission initially put out a tsunami warning for the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea, but has since cancelled the alert.

Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at a depth of 54 kilometres (34 miles) at around the same distance from the town of Panguna on Bougainville island. Geoscience Australia measured the quake at 7.4 magnitude and said the tremor, which hit close to the neighbouring Solomon Islands, was estimated to be in the "shallow" range.

Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded. The US Geological Survey said the quake hit at an estimated depth of 54 kilometres (34 miles) at around the same distance west of the town of Panguna on the remote and volcanic Bougainville island. Geoscience Australia estimated the quake at 7.4 magnitude and said the tremor, which hit close to the neighbouring Solomon Islands, was believed to be in the "shallow" range.

7.1 quake hits off Papua New Guinea

A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday and was followed by a 6.7-magnitude tremor, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the first quake, originally put at 7.3 magnitude but later revised down, struck 57 kilometres (35 miles) off the town of Panguna on the remote and volcanic Bougainville island. The second hit about an hour later 96 kilometres from Panguna, the USGS said, adding that both quakes had an estimated depth of about 50 kilometres.

Magnitude 7.3 quake hits near Papua New Guinea: USGS

SYDNEY (Reuters) - A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.3 was recorded off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island, the U.S. Geological Survey said on Friday. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said a destructive widespread tsunami was not expected but said waves could be generated along coasts in the area from an earthquake of that magnitude.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas. The Japan Meteorological Agency said waves of 40 centimetres (16 inches) were monitored in Kuji, Iwate prefecture, at 7:39 am (2239 GMT Wednesday) about an hour after the first 20-centimetre tsunami was recorded there.

New strong quake hits Chile

A powerful offshore earthquake measuring 7.6 rocked northern Chile late Wednesday, sparking a new tsunami warning and sending thousands of people fleeing for higher ground a day after a deadly tremor killed six people. Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who was assessing damage from Tuesday's 8.2 jolt, was among those forced to evacuate as the latest quake sowed terror among exhausted and nervous residents. "People are running around terrified," a resident of the northern city of Iquique told Canal 13 in a telephone interview. "It is still moving, it is terrible."

Peru issues tsunami alert along southern coast after 7.8 quake strikes Chile

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru issued a tsunami alert along its southern coast after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile, the Peruvian Navy said via Twitter on Wednesday. The U.S. Geological Survey upgraded the earthquake - the strongest of several aftershocks since a massive quake rocked the region on Tuesday - to 7.8 after initially reporting it had a magnitude of 7.4. There were no initial reports of damages in Peru. (Reporting by Mitra Taj; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)
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