About one thousand tourists and hundreds of residents in the isolated coastal town of Kaikoura, New Zealand are awaiting rescue after a 7.8 magnitude earthquake cut off all access to the town.
The death toll in the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu provinces in the Philippines last Tuesday had risen to 186 while close to 200 injuries have been reported as rescue operations continue in remote areas in search for more victims.
The sound of the 9.0 earthquake which hit the north-east cost of Japan on March 11 can now be heard on the Internet. The sound was picked up by underwater observatories which are based close to the epicentre of the quake.
As the Japanese government issued tepid reports on radiation exposure and overall death figures from the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan, a tide of bodies on Japanese shores underscored concerns of higher casualties.