6.9-Magnitude Quake Strikes Off Indonesia

A 6.9-magnitude quake struck eastern Indonesia on Friday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported, but there was no tsunami warning issued and no immediate reports of casualties or major damage.In Kupang city, far south of the quake's epicentre in the Banda Sea, frightened residents ran outside as buildings and streetlights swayed."I was in the shopping centre when the quake hit," said resident Engky Nussi."Many people ran outside as stuff started falling off t

22 August 2020

Rescuers race to find survivors after deadly quake

Rescuers in the southern Philippines used heavy equipment and their bare hands on Monday in hopes of finding several people feared trapped beneath a building toppled by a powerful earthquake that claimed at least three lives.Sunday's tremor cracked schools, toppled homes and injured dozens but largely spared big cities on the island of Mindanao, which is still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.Searchers have pulled survivors from the collapsed market building in the to

17 December 2019

Child killed as quake strikes southern Philippines

A powerful earthquake hit the southern Philippine island of Mindanao on Sunday, killing a child, injuring dozens and damaging buildings in an area still recovering from a string of deadly quakes in October.Police said a rescue operation had been launched at a heavily damaged market building in Padada near the 6.8 magnitude quake's epicentre, which is about 90 kilometres south of the major city of Davao.Patients were evacuated from hospitals as a precaution and nervous crowds massed outsi

16 December 2019

Strong quake hits Thai-Lao border

A shallow 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Lao near the Thai border early Thursday, the United States (US) Geological Survey reported, alarming locals who felt buildings shake as far away as Bangkok.The quake hit at 6:50am (2350 GMT Wednesday), roughly three hours after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake in the same region triggered an immediate suspension to Lao's largest-capacity power plant located near its epicentre. Tremors could be felt more than 700 kilometres (435 miles

22 November 2019

Third deadly quake in weeks hits south Philippines

A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Thursday, killing at least five people and sparking searches of seriously damaged buildings that had already been rattled by two previous deadly tremors in recent weeks. The 6.5 magnitude quake hit the island of Mindanao, the US Geological Survey said, causing locals to run to safety in the same area where a strong tremor killed eight people on Tuesday.The powerful shaking caused serious damage to a condominium building in the

1 November 2019

Six die in Philippines quake

A powerful earthquake struck the southern Philippines on Tuesday, killing six people, cracking buildings and injuring dozens in a region still reeling from a previous deadly tremor.Terrified locals ran into the streets after the 6.6-magnitude quake, which hit the island of Mindanao as schools and offices opened for the day.The shaking lasted up to a minute in some areas, damaging homes, multi-storey buildings and classrooms in a region where hundreds are still displaced by a quake that killed

30 October 2019

One dead in strong 6.4-magnitude Philippines quake

A child was killed in a strong 6.4-magnitude quake that hit the southern Philippines on Wednesday, a local mayor said, as houses collapsed, power was knocked out and a shopping mall burst into flames.Residents evacuated homes and buildings across the Mindanao region including a mall that caught fire in the city of General Santos shortly after the quake struck in the evening, officials said.The child died in a house collapse in the town of Datu Paglas, while four residents of nearby Tulunan to

17 October 2019

Strong earthquake hits eastern Indonesia

A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.The quake struck about 37 kilometres (23 miles) northeast of Ambon in Maluku province at 8:46 am local time, at a depth of 29 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.There were no immediate reports of casualties or major damage in the area, which has been rocked by strong quakes in the past."I was asleep with my family when

26 September 2019

Java rocked by powerful quake

Indonesian authorities lifted a tsunami warning late Friday after a powerful earthquake earlier struck off the southern coast of heavily populated Java island.The 6.9 magnitude quake registered at a depth 52.8 kilometres (33 miles), some 150 kilometres (90 miles) from Labuan, southwest of the capital Jakarta, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). Panicked residents fled their homes as the quake hit, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.Images from affe

3 August 2019

Eight killed as quakes hit Philippines

Eight people were killed and dozens injured when a series of earthquakes struck islands in the far northern Philippines early Saturday, toppling historic buildings and sending terrified locals fleeing their homes.The tremors hit the province of Batanes, a group of sparsely populated islets north of the nation's largest Luzon island, tearing deep cracks in roads and forcing the evacuation of a hospital.Authorities said some of the dead, including two babies under a year old, were crushed

28 July 2019

7.3 quake hits Indonesia

At least one person has been found dead and hundreds were evacuated after a major 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit the remote Maluku islands in eastern Indonesia on Sunday, an official said.The shallow quake struck about 165 kilometres (100 miles) south-southwest of the town of Ternate in North Maluku province at 6:28 pm (0928 GMT), according to the United States (US) Geological Survey.In South Halmahera district, the closest area to the epicentre, around 160 houses collapsed when the shallow ear

15 July 2019

Indonesia hit by strong quake

A strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck off Indonesia on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported, triggering a brief tsunami warning that sent panicked residents fleeing to higher ground. The Southeast Asian nation is one of the most disaster-hit on Earth due to its position straddling the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, where tectonic plates collide.Earthquakes and tsunamis have claimed thousands of lives in recent years.Sunday's quake struck at a depth of

8 July 2019