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U.S. Geological Survey says magnitude 7.0 earthquake strikes western China



BEIJING (AP) — U.S. Geological Survey says 7.0-magnitude earthquake strikes western China’s #Sichuan Province. No casualties reported yet.

A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in western China near a famous national park on Tuesday evening, with no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 7.0 quake struck a region bordered by the provinces of Sichuan and Gansu at a depth of just 9 kilometres (5.5 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage than deeper ones.

The China Earthquake Networks Centre measured the quake at magnitude 7.0 and said it struck at a depth of 20 kilometres (12 miles).

The quake occurred at about 9:20 p.m. Beijing time near Jiuzhaigou, or Jiuzhai Valley, a national park known for spectacular waterfalls and karst formations, the Chinese agency said.

Pictures and footage shared by Sichuan Earthquake Bureau on its social media account shows a hotel in Jiuzhaigou had been severely damaged and a road covered with debris after the earthquake.

The area is located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau in northern Sichuan province, home to many Tibetan and other ethnic minority villages.

The epicenter struck about 39 kilometres (24 miles) from the county of Jiuzhaigou, which has a population of around 80,000, in an area that’s 2,000 metres (6,562 feet) above sea level.

Rescue team was dispatched immediately by the ​​​​Sichuan Earthquake Bureau 

Rescue team was dispatched immediately by the ​​​​Sichuan Earthquake Bureau.

A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in Sichuan, Western China, today

A strong earthquake shook a mountainous region in Sichuan, Western China, today

The earthquake did not strike a populous area, as the heat map released by  shows

The earthquake did not strike a populous area, as the heat map released by ​​​​Sichuan Earthquake Bureau shows.

It was 285 kilometres (177 miles) from Chengdu, the densely populated capital of Sichuan province, according to the Chinese center.

The Chinese center also said that the earthquake was followed by a tremor measuring 3.3 in magnitude at a depth of 9 kilometres about 20 minutes later.

Situated in south-west China on the edge of Tibetan Plateau, Sichuan Province is prone to earthquakes, and most of the quakes seem to take place in the Longmen Mountain fracture zone in Western part of Sichuan.

In May 2008, a Magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck Wenchuan, Sichuan, killing nearly 70,000 people.




Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, spewing a 5,000-metre ash into sky



Jakarta, Feb 19: The Mount Sinabung volcano in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island erupted on Monday, spewing columns of ash as high as five km into the sky. 

Head of National Volcanology Agency Kasbani stated the hot ash slides were 4.9 km to the southeast of the crater and 3.5 km to the east.

“This is the highest eruption for this year,” he told Xinhua news agency.

However, Kasbani said the ash from the volcano does not disturb flights.

“The ash does not head to Medan city and compounds of Kualanamu international airport,” he further added.

Mount Sinabung volcano had been quiet for four centuries before erupting in 2010. The volcano had also erupted in 2014 and 2016.


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Major 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico



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People react after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico on February 16, 2018. (PC- Reuters)

Mexico City, Feb 17: A powerful earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday as people fled out of buildings in capital Mexico City when the ground was shaking.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was measured 7.5 on the Richter scale 4 km south of Pinotepa de Don Luis with the epicenter at a depth of 10 km, Xinhua reported.

Strong tremors were felt in Mexico City and quake alarms were triggered in the city.

In a major street near the capital’s Chinatown, the traffic was temporarily halted as crowds of people are gathering outside, checking updates about the earthquake through cellphones.


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Six people confirmed dead in 6.5-magnitude Taiwan earthquake

A power outage affected 1,900 households and 40,000 households are without water, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.




A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted waters near Taiwan’s east coast on Tuesday night, killing at least six people and injuring over 200.

The death toll stood at six as of 8:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday with at least 258 others injured in the strong, 6.5-magnitude earthquake, Taiwan’s emergency operation center said in a statement.

The statement said 67 people were still unaccounted for.

The head of Hualien Tzu Chi General Hospital said that six injured tourists from the Chinese mainland are being treated in the hospital, one of whom suffered a severe foot injury while the other is in critical condition.

Local media said that a 45-year-old woman from the Chinese mainland, who was seriously injured in the earthquake, died at 9:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday. However, authorities have yet to confirm the news.

After the earthquake, Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Zhang Zhijun had a telephone conversation with the head of Hualien, promising to provide emergency assistance and rescue teams.

An emergency response mechanism has also been initiated by the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), the earthquake struck waters near Hualien County at around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday at a depth of 11 kilometers.

Photos and videos circulating on social media show collapsed buildings, tilted structures and damaged roads and bridges.

Local media said four buildings including the Marshal Hotel, Yun Tsui building and two residential buildings were among the damaged structures.

The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks including several measuring over 5-magnitude.

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A power outage affected 1,900 households and 40,000 households are without water, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.

About 40 roads have been damaged and two bridges, including Qixing Tan, sealed off.

Train service to the city center is still available in Hualien but at a slower speed, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Source : CGTN

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