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7.1-magnitude quake rocks Philippines

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A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country’s seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage.

There were no immediate reports of destruction or casualties, but witnesses said the quake was very strong and shook the ground and walls.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a risk big waves could spread 300 km (190 miles) away from the epicenter, reaching as far away as Indonesia.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said no tsunami warning was issued after a quake it had measured at 7.2. The U.S Geological Survey downgraded its own assessment of the magnitude to 6.8.

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes, particularly in the south, although there were several last month in Batangas on the main island of Luzon, felt also in the capital Manila.

The earthquake was about 57 km (35 miles) southwest of Sarangani province, the southernmost part of Mindanao, the biggest island in the south of the archipelago nation.

“It was so strong, you could hear the ground shaking for almost 10 seconds,” Jenifer Bugtay, who works at a beach-front resort in Sarangani, said by telephone.

“This is the strongest earthquake I have experienced,” she said. “The wall looked like it would fall.”

Philvolcs head Renato Solidum said there was no need to evacuate the area. The quake was at sea, and deep, although the public had been advised to stay away from the coast in the south for the next few hours.

Solidum said no major damage was anticipated.

A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 struck off the coast of Mindanao island in the Philippines on Saturday, and the country’s seismology agency advised people to stay away from coastal areas but expected no major damage.

There were no immediate reports of destruction or casualties, but witnesses said the quake was very strong and shook the ground and walls.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was a risk big waves could spread 300 km (190 miles) away from the epicenter, reaching as far away as Indonesia.

The Philippines Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) said no tsunami warning was issued after a quake it had measured at 7.2. The U.S Geological Survey downgraded its own assessment of the magnitude to 6.8.

The Philippines is on the geologically active Pacific Ring of Fire and experiences frequent earthquakes, particularly in the south, although there were several last month in Batangas on the main island of Luzon, felt also in the capital Manila.

The earthquake was about 57 km (35 miles) southwest of Sarangani province, the southernmost part of Mindanao, the biggest island in the south of the archipelago nation.

“It was so strong, you could hear the ground shaking for almost 10 seconds,” Jenifer Bugtay, who works at a beach-front resort in Sarangani, said by telephone.

“This is the strongest earthquake I have experienced,” she said. “The wall looked like it would fall.”

Philvolcs head Renato Solidum said there was no need to evacuate the area. The quake was at sea, and deep, although the public had been advised to stay away from the coast in the south for the next few hours.

Solidum said no major damage was anticipated.

Source : Reuters

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A magnitude 7.6 earthquake has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras.

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A magnitude 7.6 earthquake has struck in the Caribbean Sea north of Honduras.

There are no early reports of damage on land, but the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center warns of tsunami dangers in Puerto Rico, Jamaica, other islands and the coast of Central America.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured the quake at a preliminary magnitude of 7.6. The quake struck in the sea Tuesday night about 125 miles north-northeast of Barra Patuca, Honduras, and 188 miles southwest of George Town, Cayman Islands. The tremor occurred about 6 miles below the surface.

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Quake of 4.7 magnitude hits Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 11 : A moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale today shook Meghalaya but there was no report of any casualty.

Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district.

The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am.

Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map.

According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

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Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

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NEW DELHI: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the epicenter of the quake was located 121 km east of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country.

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