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25 years on, Armenians count cost of quake that shook USSR

Sitting on her bed in a converted metal shipping container that was only meant to be a temporary home, Anahit Sahradyan recalls the moment 25 years ago when a devastating earthquake tore through northern Armenia -- and her life. "Before my eyes all the buildings just crumbled like sandcastles," said Sahradyan, who only just managed to escape with her family.

Earthquake rocks Mexico's southern Pacific coast

Mexico City, Dec 1 (EFE).- A magnitude-5.4 earthquake rocked the coast of Guerrero, a state in southern Mexico, but no injuries or damage were reported, the National Seismology Service said. The earthquake occurred at 9:20 p.m. Saturday in the Pacific Ocean about 39 kilometers (24 miles) southwest of the city of Zihuatanejo, with the epicenter located at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Two quakes rattle El Salvador, no damage

Two offshore earthquakes rattled El Salvador on Friday but there were no reports of casualties or damage, officials said. The quakes, registering 5.2 and 4.6 magnitude, were epicentred in the Pacific Ocean, the country's Environmental Observatory said. The first quake at 10:01 am (1601 GMT) had an epicenter off the coast of the department of La Paz, about 100 kilometers (62 miles) southeast of San Salvador, according to a report by the the country's Environmental Observatory.

5.5 quake hits northeast China

A 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck northeast China Saturday at a shallow depth of 12.5 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. The quake hit at 6:04 am (2204 GMT Friday) 34 kilometres (21 miles) north of Changling in Jilin province. USGS estimated the earthquake may have caused some damage but there was a low likelihood of casualties. A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in southwest China's Sichuan province killed about 200 people in April, five years after almost 90,000 people were killed by a huge tremor in the same province. bur/mtp/gk

In Oklahoma, water, fracking - and a swarm of quakes

By Carey Gillam NORMAN, Oklahoma (Reuters) - Seismologist Austin Holland wants to start an earthquake. From his office a few feet below the earth's surface - a basement at the University of Oklahoma in Norman - Holland, who tracks quakes for the Oklahoma Geological Survey, is digging into a complex riddle: Is a dramatic rise in the size and number of quakes in his state related to oil and gas production activity? And, if so, what can be done to stop it?

Magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits eastern Japan

A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Japan on Tuesday morning, seismologists reported. The quake struck at around 04:10 am local time (1910 GMT) off the eastern Honshu coastline, 25 kilometres (16 miles) from the city of Toba and 37 kilometres from the city of Ise, according to the US Geological Survey which monitors earthquakes worldwide. The tremor struck far down at a depth of 332 kilometres, USGS added. There were no initial reports of damage.

Two minor earthquakes hit India's New Delhi

Two minor earthquakes awoke residents of the Indian capital of New Delhi early Tuesday, shaking buildings but with no immediate reports of damage. India's Meteorological Department (IMD) said first a 3.1-magnitude tremor struck at 12.41 am local time (1911 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres, placing its epicentre in the capital city of nearly 10 million people. Almost exactly an hour later, a second, marginally larger 3.3-magnitude quake also struck, the IMD said on its website.

Moderate five-magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan

A moderate five magnitude earthquake struck eastern Pakistan Wednesday, with tremors felt in several cities, but officials said there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The epicentre was in northern India at a depth of 50 kilometres (31 miles), regional meteorological chief Muhammad Riaz told AFP. The quake was felt in several eastern cities including Lahore, Kasur, Okara and Sialkot, he said.

Strong earthquake hits Taiwan, shakes buildings in capital

A strong earthquake struck eastern Taiwan Thursday, shaking buildings in the capital and causing tremors across the island. The 6.3 magnitude at 8:02 pm (1202 GMT) had its epicentre 53 kilometres (33 miles) southwest of Hualien city at a depth of 19.5 kilometres, according to the country's Seismology Centre. The US Geological Survey gave a slightly higher magnitude of 6.6 and a shallower depth of 9 km. There was no immediate information on any damage or casualties. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no immediate threat of a tsunami.

Israel rattled by sixth minor quake in under a week

Two minor earthquakes rattled northern Israel on Tuesday, bringing to six the number of such incidents in less than a week, a spokeswoman for the Israel Geophysical Institute said. The most recent quake by the town of Meron in northern Israel had a 2.2 magnitude, which is very weak, she said, noting it was unrelated to a 3.3 tremor earlier on Tuesday that had its epicentre on the northern shores of the Sea of Galilee. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries from Tuesday's quakes.
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