Connect to share and comment

6.9-quake hits off PNG's Bougainville

A strong 6.9-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island Saturday but there was no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists said. The quake hit at 0104 GMT and was centred 62 kilometres (38 miles) southwest of the town of Panguna on Bougainville at a depth of 45 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said. In its initial estimate, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of casualties and damage. According to the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center there was no threat of a destructive widespread tsunami based on historical data.

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.

Chile hit by powerful quake aftershock, no major damage

By Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday but there were no reports of damage and a precautionary tsunami alert along the coast and in neighboring Peru was called off. It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed a huge 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the same region on Tuesday.

New earthquake in Chile prompts tsunami alerts

By Anthony Esposito and Rosalba O'Brien SANTIAGO (Reuters) - A powerful 7.6-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile late on Wednesday, prompting tsunami alerts and evacuations along the coast and in neighboring Peru. It was the strongest of several aftershocks that followed a huge 8.2-magnitude quake blamed for six deaths in the region on Tuesday.

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)

Powerful 7.8 earthquake rocks northern Chile

A powerful earthquake measuring 7.8 rocked northern Chile late Wednesday, the day after a deadly 8.2 jolt in the same region, authorities said. A tsunami warning was issued and thousands of people were ordered to evacuate inland from coastal areas, according to authorities who had first measured the quake at 7.4. The new temblor struck at 2343 local (0143 GMT), 20 km (14 miles) south of the city of Iquique, the navy's alert service said. "Based on its strength a tsunami warning has been issued," the nationaloceanographic agency, known as CHOA, added.

Chileans survey damage after huge quake kills six

Thousands of Chileans returned to their homes Wednesday after spending the night on hills following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake that killed six people and sparked tsunami fears as far as Japan. Police and soldiers patrolled the streets to prevent looting after Tuesday's quake in the north of Chile, which escaped a major catastrophe after people evacuated their homes along the lengthy coast.

Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

Indonesia warned Wednesday that it could be hit by a small tsunami generated by an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's Pacific coast and warned people to stay away from beaches. A tsunami up to half a metre (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho. prm-sr/pj

Indonesia says could be hit by small tsunami from Chile quake

Indonesia warned Wednesday that it could be hit by a small tsunami generated by an 8.2-magnitude earthquake that struck off Chile's Pacific coast, and told residents to stay away from beaches. Tsunami waves up to half a metre (1.6 feet) high "will possibly affect several areas in Indonesia" from early Thursday, said disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho.

Strong 6.3-magnitude quake hits off southern Japan

A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's southern Kyushu island on Friday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) reported, but no tsunami warning was issued. The epicentre of the quake -- which struck at 2:06 am (1706 GMT Thursday) -- was located 13 kilometres (eight miles) north of the city of Kunisaki-shi, USGS said. The quake hit at a depth of 82 kilometres. There was no tsunami alert issued, Japan's Meteorological Agency said as cited by Kyodo News, nor any immediate news of fatalities or damage.
Syndicate content