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7.1 magnitude quake strikes Philippines

At least four people were killed when a 7.1 magnitude earthquake destroyed buildings in and around one of the Philippines' major tourist hubs on Tuesday, authorities said. The four people were confirmed dead at a fish market that collapsed in Cebu in the central Philippines, the country's second most important trading and economic city. The quake struck at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT) five kilometres (three miles) east of Balilihan, in the Bohol region of the archipelago, at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles), the agency said.

7.2 magnitude quake strikes Philippines

A major 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck near one of the Philippines key tourist hubs on Tuesday, the United States Geological Survey reported. The quake struck at 08:12 local time (0012 GMT) some five kilometres (three miles) east of Balilihan, in the Bohol region of the archipelago, at a depth of 56 kilometres, the agency said. The town lies across the Cebu Strait from the popular tourist destination of Cebu City, the country's fifth most populous city, about 60 kilometres (37 miles) away.

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocks Japan's Fukushima prefecture

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake rocked Japan's Fukushima prefecture early Friday morning, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre of the earthquake was 22 kilometres (14 miles) below the ground, according to the US Geological Survey. It struck 20 kilometres west of the city of Iwaki, bordering the Pacific Ocean, at 02.25 am (1725 GMT). The epicentre was also about 50 kilometres southwest of the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, which was crippled by the major quake and tsunami in March, 2011.

Quake jolts southern Japan, felt in Tokyo

TOKYO (Reuters) - An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 jolted southern Japan on Wednesday, public broadcaster NHK said, with the tremor shaking buildings in the capital, Tokyo. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no tsunami warning was issued. The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake with a magnitude of 6.5. The quake was measured 400 km (250 miles) below the earth's surface about 580 km (360 miles) south of Tokyo, NHK said. Witnesses said it was felt along much of Japan's east coast.

6.8 quake hits New Zealand

A strong 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit New Zealand's South Island on Friday, the US Geological Survey said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The USGS said the quake, which struck at about 0230 GMT, was five kilometres (three miles) east of Seddon, close to the centre of a series of quakes last month. The tremor was felt strongly in the capital Wellington. mfc/mp/jw

Strong quake shakes northern Japan

A 6.0 earthquake shook northern Japan on Sunday but there was no risk of a tsunami, the meteorological agency said. The focus of the quake, which took place at 12:29 pm (0329 GMT) was in the Pacific off Miyagi prefecture, the area devastated by a 9.0 quake in March 2011. Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the Fukushima nuclear plant which was crippled in the 2011 disaster, said it had received no reports of fresh abnormalities after the latest quake. mis-oh/mtp

Two big quakes rattle PNG

Two big earthquakes struck Papua New Guinea early Monday but no tsunami warnings were issued and seismologists said while they would have been felt damage was unlikely. A 7.2 magnitude quake hit the Pacific nation at 4:35 am local time (1835 GMT Sunday), some 110 kilometres (68 miles) northeast of Taron on the island of New Ireland. It occurred a depth of 379 kilometres (234 miles), the US Geological Survey reported. This was followed two hours later by a shallower 6.8 quake, 62 kilometres deep near the town of Kandrian on New Britain.

Quake hits Indonesia's Sumatra days after deadly tremor

A strong 6.0-magnitude quake struck off Indonesia's Sumatra Saturday, US seismologists said, just days after a tremor on the vast island killed dozens and left thousands homeless. No tsunami warning was issued and there were no reports of damage after the quake struck at a shallow depth of just 23 kilometres (14 miles) off the southwest coast of the vast island, said the US Geological Survey. US seismologists initially said it was a magnitude 6.4 quake, then revised it down to a 6.0 quake.

5.6-magnitude quake rocks Crete

An 5.6-magnitude earthquake struck just off the Greek island of Crete in the early hours of Monday morning, according to the Athens Observatory, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The epicentre of the quake, described as "very powerful", was in the Mediterranean Sea, some 430 kilometres (267 miles) to the southeast of Athens, the Observatory said. The quake, recorded at 12:39 am local time (2239 GMT), followed a 6.2-magnitude earthquake that struck on Saturday off the southern coast of Crete.

Priority to be on socially vulnerable in temblor evacuation shelter

A Japanese government panel called Tuesday for putting priority on the socially vulnerable, such as homeless, elderly and handicapped people, in providing shelters at evacuation centers in the event of a major earthquake predicted in western Japan.
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