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August 24, 2016

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits central Italy

6.2 Magnitude Earthquake hits central Italy

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

At 3:36am this morning, local time a 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck about 10 kilometres southeast of Norcia, Italy. The quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres, and was felt all the way to Rome, about 100 miles (150 km) away from the town of Norcia.

120 or more people are dead, officials have said, including children, and around 100 people are reported missing. The death toll has risen over the course of the day, and is expected to rise further as scores of people remain unaccounted for. The 6.2 magnitude quake has effected the central towns of Norcia, Pescara del Tronto, Accumoli and Amatrice. Sergio Pirozzi, Amatrice’s mayor, remarked, “Half the town no longer exists”, as most of it has been reduced to rubble. Mayor Pirozzi went on to say rescue teams were digging with the “[hope] that most people were alive.”

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After hearing about the devastating effects of the earthquake, Pope Francis postponed a weekly address on religious teachings, instead dedicating a prayer session in Saint Peter’s Square for those effected by the disaster. “[L]earning that there are children among the victims, I am deeply saddened,” Pope Francis told his public.

Authorities have compared today’s earthquake in central Italy to the 2009 earthquake that killed over 300 people in Abruzzo, Italy. Italy’s Civil Protection agency characterized the earthquake as “severe”.



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April 29, 2016

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake affects archipelago of Vanuatu

Magnitude 7.0 earthquake affects archipelago of Vanuatu

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Friday, April 29, 2016

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During the day yesterday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.0, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), was recorded in the Vanuatu islands located in the South Pacific.

According to the USGS, the epicenter of this earthquake was centered at 0.6 mile (1  km) southeast of Norsup. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) preliminarily declared a tsunami alert in the South Pacific, which was later revised by the center.

This strong quake did not leave any reported wounded or damage to homes or structures in the area. The islands of Vanuatu are part of the famous “Ring of Fire” and for this reason earthquakes occur frequently of around this magnitude; one was registered early this month with a magnitude of 6.9.



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April 28, 2016

Earthquake of 7.3 degrees affect the archipelago of Vanuatu

Earthquake of 7.3 degrees affect the archipelago of Vanuatu

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

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During the day on Thursday, a strong earthquake of magnitude 7.0 degrees was recorded in Vanuatu islands located in the South Pacific.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the epicenter of this earthquake was centered at 0.6mi (1km) SE of Norsup. The Tsunami Warning Center Pacific (PTWC) preliminarily tsunami alert was declared in the South Pacific, which was later ruled by the center.

This strong quake did not leave any wounded or damage to homes or structures in the area person. The islands of Vanuatu are part of the famous “Ring of Fire” and for this reason earthquakes occurring frequently that magnitude, it was registered last April 6 and had a magnitude of 6.9 degrees.



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April 19, 2016

7.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador

7.8 magnitude earthquake shakes Ecuador

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On Saturday night, a 7.8 – magnitude earthquake shook South American country Ecuador at 18:58 local time (23:58 UTC) with a depth of 20 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). The epicenter was located 27 km southeast of Muisne and was felt in the capital Quito and Guayaquil. There are at least 413 dead and more than 2,500 injured after the incident.

Citizens reported blackouts, severe damage to roads, the collapse of a pedestrian bridge in Guayaquil and the airport control tower of Manabi, and several buildings.

In a televised announcement, the vice-president of Ecuador, Jorge Glas said that no tsunami warning but are mobilising people for fear one and decreed a state of emergency to six provinces.

Ricardo Peñaherrera, on National Emergency Managment, said that more than 200 people lost their lives in Manabi. About 10,000 soldiers and 4,600 police officers came to the rescue of the civilians.

A CNN affiliate reported that firefighters from the Colombian capital Bogotá rescued him. Today, Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa said that rebuilding the nation would require billions of dollars which would hamper their economy.

83 rescue workers from Europe and more than 400 workers from neighbouring countries reached Eucador to help the victims. Cuba will be sending a team of doctors.


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February 6, 2016

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake hits southern Taiwan

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

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A magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit southern Taiwan around 4:00am today local time (2000 yesterday UTC) southeast of Tainan, a city with about two million people, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). By various reports, as many as thirteen or fourteen people may have died, more than 100 may be missing, and Associated Press put the injured at well over 400.

The seism was reported by the USGS initially with a magnitude of 6.7. Several buildings collapsed in Tainan including a 17-story residential building. Emergency services said they had rescued over 200 people, many of whom were hospitalized. At least five aftershocks are reported.

The island of Taiwan lies in the Ring of Fire, a seismically active zone, near where two tectonic plates meet. In 1999 a magnitude 7.6 earthquake struck the center of Taiwan leaving more than 2,000 dead.



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November 2, 2015

November 1 2015 Phoenix AZ Earthquake

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Just outside of Black Canyon City, Arizona on Sunday, November 1, 2015 three earthquakes were reported which were felt throughout the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area. The largest – a magnitude 4.1 just before 11:30 p.m. – rattled homes across the region.

The series of at least three Arizona earthquakes generated no reports of notable damage, but left people swaying or stunned from Black Canyon City, closest to the epicenter, to Camp Verde and across metro Phoenix as far as Queen Creek.



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October 27, 2015

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan

Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Afghanistan

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Early yesterday afternoon local time, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India, with its epicenter in the Hindu Kush mountain range which stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan, causing damage to life and buildings. A Wikinews correspondent felt the shock waves in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST (0920 UTC).

Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials yesterday afternoon declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey reported the earthquake occurred at 212km depth due to reverse faulting. Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls’ school in Takhar, near Badakhshan. Two elderly women in Kashmir died due to heart attack. Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.

The Map of the disaster
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Indian states Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Delhi National Capital Region were affected. Srinagar experienced a power cutoff after the earthquake.

During yesterday afternoon, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted “Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety.”

Yesterday evening, Pervez Rashid, Pakistani Information Minister, declared Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. “We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake”.

As of earlier today, officials in Pakistan and Afghanistan came up with statistics of 237 deaths in Pakistan and a total rising to 311.

Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.

Effects in Behror and nearby areas[]

A Wikinews correspondent reports the tremors were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others whether they felt the vibrations or not.

Our correspondent contacted other students in affected areas of India. According to one student the projectors used for delivering lectures in BITS Pilani university in Pilani, Rajasthan started shaking. The students asked the professor to cancel the lecture. A first year B. Tech student said he was in the library, listening to music, when suddenly everyone ran out. Later, when he got out of the library, he came to know it was an earthquake.

Students in ITM Gurgaon in Gurgaon, Haryana were asked to shelter themselves in an open space of the sports ground and return after few minutes. Many of the students left for their home.



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October 26, 2015

Afghanistan hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake

Afghanistan hit by magnitude 7.5 earthquake

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Yesterday, a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on the Richter scale hit Afghanistan, Pakistan and North India at 1:30 AFT, 2:09 PKT and 2:49 IST. Epicenter of earthquake was in the Hindu Kush mountain range; that stretches from Afghanistan to North Pakistan. The tremors lasted for a couple of minutes causing damage to life and buildings. The shock waves were felt in Behror, Rajasthan at 2:50 PM IST.

Hundreds of people died in this disaster. The quake measured about 4.8 in magnitude in Pakistan, and death toll is highest in Pakistan. Pakistani officials declared over 145 people were found dead. United States Geological Survey confirmed that the earthquake occurred at a depth of 212km due to reverse faulting. Twelve students died in the rush due to trembles, in an Afghani girls’ school in Takhar, Badakhshan. An elderly woman in Kashmir died due to heart attack. Some people in Pakistan died by crushing by roof collapse.

The Map of the disaster
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Indian states Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Uttrakhand and Delhi National Capital Region were affected. Srinagar experienced a power cutoff after the earthquake. Delhi Metro service was stopped when the tremor effects were felt.

That evening, Pervez Rashid, Pakistani Information Minister declared that Pakistan would not ask for help for resources and rescue work and thanked India for offering help. “We have enough resources to handle the situation. Our top priority is to help those affected because of the earthquake.”

At 11:30 PM PKT, Pakistani officials came up with statistics of 228 deaths, with the total rising to 263. Earlier, Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi communicated with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, volunteering help. He also tweeted “Heard about strong earthquake in Afghanistan-Pakistan region whose tremors have been felt in parts of India. I pray for everyone’s safety.”

Almost a decade ago, this region suffered an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.6.

Effects in Behror[]

A Wikinewsie reports the tremors were felt at 2:50 PM IST. In the boys hostel on NIIT University, the students felt the vibrations of cupboards, tables and beds which lasted over a minute. Nobody was harmed because of the shock-waves, but many students came out of their rooms, asking others weather they felt the vibrations or not.



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September 16, 2015

Chile Earthquake

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Chile Earthquake

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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A magnitude 8.3 earthquake struck just off the coast of Chile Wednesday evening. The Chilean government told residents to leave the coastline because of the impending tsunami threat. The mayor of Illapel reported one fatality, and 15 injuries. Santiago’s infrastructure took major damage from the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued a warning for Hawaii, these waves are expected to arrive around 3:06 HST (0306 UTC).



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August 8, 2013

Tokyo Electric Power Company releases first figures on the extent of Fukushima leakage

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

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Tokyo Electric Power Company, owner of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant in Japan, has for the first time released figures on how much radioactive waste the facility has emitted, since being damaged by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake on March 11, 2011. Approximately 20 trillion to 40 trillion becquerels of nuclear energy has leaked since the disaster occurred, TEPCO said when releasing their data on August 5, 2013.

Hours after TEPCO made these figures public, a Japanese Nuclear Regulation Authority (JNR) task force said that there is a “high possibility” that this waste has contaminated water along the coast of Miyagi, the prefecture to Fukushima’s immediate north.

“Right now we have a state of emergency,” Shinji Kinjo, head of the JNR task force, said.

The release of TEPCO’s figures came just one day after a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit Miyagi. No serious injuries or structural damage have been reported so far. Russia Today reports that the tremor hit in approximately the same location oas the 9.0 magnitude earthquake that struck Fukushima in 2011 — a disaster that destroyed much of the Fukushima power plant, claimed the lives of over 15,000 people and caused over 3,200 people to go missing.



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