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Manila, Philippines (CNN)A six-year-old girl was among three people killed when a 6.8-magnitude earthquake struck the southern Philippines island of Mindanao on Sunday.
Updated: Aug 04, 2019 19:20 IST
A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck in the Pacific off Fukushima, northeastern Japan, on Sunday, but there was no tsunami threat, US and Japanese authorities said.
The quake jolted large areas in the region at 7:23 pm (1023 GMT) with its epicentre located 54 kilometres (34 miles) east of Namie, eastern Fukushima, according to the US Geological Survey said.
The quake was also felt in Tokyo.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said there were no worries about tsunami damage.
The weather agency issued an emergency warning when the quake hit, but there was no immediate report of injuries or damage.
Shinkansen bullet train services were temporarily suspended in the region, public broadcaster NHK said.
No abnormality was detected at nuclear plants in the region, including the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, NHK said.
More than 18,000 were killed after a 9.0-magnitude earthquake triggered a massive tsunami on March 11, 2011, leading to the meltdown of reactors at the Fukushima plant.
Japan sits at the junction of four tectonic plates and experiences a number of relatively violent quakes every year.
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First Published: Aug 04, 2019 17:30 IST
The quake sparked limited power cuts and communication problems around Athens and the fire brigade reported receiving calls about people being trapped in elevators. The shock was caught live in the studios of state broadcaster ERT.
Authorities inspected areas close to the epicenter by helicopter and police patrols but no deaths or serious injuries were reported. Government spokesman Stelios Petsas said one abandoned building had collapsed in a western district of Athens and that several other abandoned buildings had suffered serious damages in other parts of the city.
“There are no reports of serious injuries … I urge members of the public to remains calm, in Greece we are well acquainted with earthquakes,” he said.
The most powerful quake to hit the Greek capital in the last 20 years came in 1999, when a temblor of magnitude 6.0 caused extensive damage and killed more than 140 people.
Gerasimos Papadopoulos, the senior seismologist at the Geodynamics Institute said Friday’s quake was felt across southern Greece.
“It had a very shallow depth and that’s why it was felt so strongly,” he said. “It is too early to say whether this was the main earthquake, but there have been aftershocks of magnitude 3.5, 2.5 and 3.2 and that is encouraging. But we need more time and data to have a clear picture.”
Earthquakes are common in Greece and neighboring Turkey.
The head of the anti-quake protection agency, Efthymios Lekkas, told Greeks to remain calm, BBC News reported. “There is no reason for concern. The capital’s buildings are built to withstand a much stronger earthquake,” he said.
One of last week’s powerful Southern California earthquakes created a crack in the planet’s crust that’s visible from space.
Photos snapped on Saturday (July 6) by tiny Earth-observing Dove satellites, which are built and operated by San Francisco-based company Planet, show a new surface rupture near the desert town of Ridgecrest, about 125 miles (200 kilometers) northeast of Los Angeles.
A day earlier, the Ridgecrest region had been rocked by a 7.1-magnitude temblor — the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in two decades. And Friday’s quake was far from alone; it followed on the heels of a 6.4-magnitude tremor that hit the area Thursday (July 4) and spawned a swarm of less powerful aftershocks.
The quakes damaged some buildings near the epicenter but apparently caused no serious injuries, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Planet’s Dove cubesats are tiny but extremely capable: Their bodies are smaller than a loaf of bread, but the craft can capture photos with a resolution of 10 feet to 16.5 feet (3 to 5 meters). Planet (previously known as Planet Labs) currently has more than 100 operational Doves in low-Earth orbit, whose imagery the company sells to a variety of customers.
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A 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit Southern California on Friday night — the second one near Ridgecrest in less than two days.
At least 13 people were injured after a 5.6-magnitude aftershock jolted southwestern China’s Sichuan Province Thursday.
A 5.6-magnitude earthquake hit Gongxian County at 10:17am. The epicenter was monitored at 28.41 degrees north latitude and 104.74 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center. The quake struck at a depth of 8 km.
The county government said as of 2:30pm, 13 injured residents have been sent to hospital for treatment.
Experts said the moderate quake was an aftershock after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake occurred in Changning County in mid-June, which killed 13 people, and aftershocks in the area will continue for a long period of time.
The aftershock exacerbated house and infrastructure damages and personnel have been dispatched to repair damaged roads, according to the local government.
A total of 62 aftershocks with magnitude above 3.0 have been recorded since the Changning earthquake, and the latest aftershock in Gongxian was the largest one, according to the provincial seismological bureau.
The 10:33 a.m. quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of Kern County about 100 miles from Los Angeles.
“I was in my kitchen trying to get some coffee and all the windows started rattling,” Emma Gallegos, a 34-year-old journalist in southwest Bakersfield said. “It was just a little bit at first — I thought something was going by, and then I realized all the windows were rattling. It was kind of a long gentle roll and I felt two distinct waves.”
Gallegos said that the dried chilis hanging from a hook on her kitchen wall were all shaking. “It was surreal.”
Others near the epicenter were shocked by the shaking.
“I was laying down in my bed and I had my feet on the wall and I felt like both of the sides of the house were moving and shaking so I ran, and grabbed my brother and kid and came outside,” said Edith Mata, 22 a student at Bakersfield College. Her son is three years old and her brother is 17.
“The neighbors across the street were also outside with their whole family of five people. My kid had no idea what was going on.” Mata said that it felt very “creepy” and that she had never experienced anything like it before.
It was unclear whether the temblor caused damage or injuries. Los Angeles officials said they have gotten no reports of major damage.
The quake was the largest in Southern California since the 1994 6.6 Northridge quake, which killed dozens and caused billions of dollars in damage. But the Northridge quake hit in the center of a populated area, while Thursday’s quake was located far from the metropolitan Los Angeles area.
It was also a relatively deep quake, occurring more than five miles underground.
In the Los Angeles area, the quake was slow and steady, lasting about 30 seconds.
The earthquake was centered 10 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, Calif., a city of about 29,000 in Kern County mostly known as a small town for skiers and snowboarders headed from Los Angeles to Mammoth.
The earthquake was centered about 90 miles northeast of Bakersfield and 125 miles north of Los Angeles.The earthquake was felt widely throughout the Los Angeles area, said Caltech seismologist Egill Hauksson.
It’s unlikely there was significant damage in a major urban area given that the earthquake was centered in such a remotely populated area.The area that ruptured occurred in an area of faults slightly east of the Sierra Nevada. The Little Lake fault is one of them, and last went through a magnitude 6 earthquake in 1984, Hauksson said.
Local emergency agencies have been flooded with calls, and officials urged that people only use 911 for emergencies.
“We are very much aware of the significant earthquake that just occurred in Southern California. Please DO NOT call 9-1-1 unless there are injuries or other dangerous conditions. Don’t call for questions please,” the LAPD said in a statement.
Thirty-one people were injured after a 5.4-magnitude earthquake jolted Gongxian County in southwest China’s Sichuan Province Saturday, local authorities said Sunday.
Rescuers have sent the injured to hospitals for treatment. None of them is in critical condition. Twenty-one of them remain hospitalized for observation and treatment, according to a press conference held by the quake relief headquarters in the city of Yibin, which administers Gongxian County.
The quake struck at 10:29pm Saturday, at a depth of 10 km. The epicenter is monitored at 28.43 degrees north latitude and 104.77 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Li Tinggen, secretary-general of the Yibin municipal government, said at the press conference that after the earthquake, authorities acted swiftly to send rescuers to the epicenter. The disaster relief work is progressing in an orderly manner.
On Monday, a 6-magnitude earthquake jolted Changning County of Yibin, leaving 13 people dead and 220 others injured, and forcing the evacuation of 80,000 people.
Li said the post-earthquake assessment of houses had been basically completed. The affected people have been evacuated and resettled. The water, power and natural gas supply as well as communication and transportation in the disaster-stricken areas have basically returned to normal.
Following the 5.4-magnitude earthquake Saturday, an aftershock measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale struck Gongxian County, Yibin, at 8:28am Sunday. Rescuers have reached the area.
Wang Bufen, a 81-year-old woman living in a temporary settlement in Zhujia Village, said that although she and her four family members were still scared, she felt good the family was together in the settlement with food, water and toiletries guaranteed.
Reporters saw pumpkins, white melons, loofah and other fresh vegetables prepared at the settlement. There are also boxes of instant noodles and drinking water.
Eleven people died and another 122 were injured after a 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit southwest China’s Sichuan Province on Monday night, the Yibin City government said early Tuesday.
The earthquake hit Changning County of Yibin at 10:55 pm on Monday, according to local authorities.
The epicenter, with a depth of 16km, was monitored at 28.34 degrees north latitude and 104.90 degrees east longitude, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
Rescue efforts are under way. The Ministry of Emergency Management has activated an emergency response and sent a work team to the stricken areas to provide guidance in rescue and disaster relief.
The ministry and the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration have dispatched 5,000 tents, 10,000 folding beds and 20,000 quilts to the quake-hit areas.
A team of rescuers sent by Red Cross Society of Sichuan Province arrived in Shuanghe township of Changning at about 4 a.m. Tuesday.
As of 1am Tuesday, the quake has caused a major highway connecting Yibin and Xuyong County of Sichuan’s Luzhou City to be closed. Some sections of other roads have also been blocked or closed.
A 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Changning County at 7:34 a.m. Tuesday, according to the China Earthquake Networks Center.
The epicenter was monitored at 28.37 degrees north latitude and 104.89 degrees east longitude, the CENC said in an initial report.
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