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6.1 magnitude quake strikes off Greek island of Crete, no injuries

Atenas - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck under the Mediterranean seabed east of the Greek island of Crete on Thursday, but local authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

Tsunami threat passes after 7.5 quake in Papua New Guinea

Kokopo - A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Papua New Guinea on Monday, sending startled residents fleeing from their homes, but a tsunami threat passed with no immediate reports of major damage.

Japan marks 4th anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Toukyo - Japan marked the fourth anniversary Wednesday of a quake-tsunami disaster that swept away thousands of people and sparked a nuclear crisis, a tragedy that has left visible scars on the landscape and continues to wreak misery for many.

5.2-magnitude quake rocks central Spain

Madrid - A 5.2-magnitude earthquake jolted Madrid and central Spain on Monday, seismologists said, but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

6.5-magnitude quake hits off Vanuatu

Sydney - A 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the Pacific nation of Vanuatu Thursday, the United States Geological Survey said.The USGS reported that the quake hit at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) about 149 kilometres from Vanuatu's capital Port Vila.

6.7 magnitude quake strikes Chile-Argentina border: USGS

Santiago - A 6.7 magnitude earthquake struck a region along the border of Chile and Argentina on Wednesday, the US Geological Survey said.The USGS initially reported the quake, which hit at 1857 GMT, as having a magnitude of 6.9 but later revised the reading.

Japan marks 20th anniversary of killer quake in Kobe

Toukyo - Japan on Saturday marked the 20th anniversary of the Kobe earthquake that killed more than 6,400 people with renewed calls for the quake-prone nation to stay vigilant against the next "Big One.

Haiti remembers quake dead amid political crisis

Port-au-prince - Haiti marked the fifth anniversary Monday of the massive earthquake that ravaged an already desperately poor nation, even as it sought a way out of its latest debilitating political crisis.

Haiti's president, lawmakers reach 11th-hour deal

Port-au-prince - Haiti's President Michel Martelly and national lawmakers struck a last-minute deal late Sunday to hold new elections by late this year, defusing a political crisis that had the nation on edge.

New Zealand's South Island hit by 6.0 magnitude quake

A shallow magnitude 6.0 earthquake has struck New Zealand's South Island but it seems as though the affected areas have come away more of less scot-free.

Death toll rises to four after China earthquake: Xinhua

Bejing - The death toll from a 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck a remote part of China's southwest rose to four on Sunday, as media reported the injured have all been successfully rescued.

Strong Japan quake leaves 39 injured, hits popular ski resort

Toukyo - A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake in central Japan left 39 people injured, seven seriously, and wrecked homes in a popular ski resort, the government said Sunday.

6.2 quake hits central Japan, flattens houses

Toukyo - A strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck central Japan late Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, causing houses to collapse and injuring at least 20 people, three seriously.

5.9 magnitude quake hits China's Sichuan province: USGS

Bejing - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck China's southwestern province of Sichuan on Saturday, the US Geological Survey said, with Chinese state media reporting one fatality.

Tsunami alert sparks panic in Indonesia

- A powerful 7.1-magnitude earthquake rocked the Maluku Islands in eastern Indonesia Saturday, sparking a tsunami warning and causing panicked people to flee their homes.

Italy quake experts win appeal in 'science on trial' case

Rome - Seven Italian scientists who faced jail for failing to predict a deadly 2009 earthquake were cleared Monday of manslaughter convictions that had sparked international outrageThe seven men were sentenced to six years in jail in October 2012 after a cour...

Strong quake hits Japan

Tokyo - Buildings in Tokyo shook Tuesday as a strong quake hit Japan, AFP reporters in the city said, but there was no immediate risk of a tsunami and no damage was reported.

Napa quake caused $300 million in private property damage

Napa - Sunday's early morning earthquake caused $300 million worth of damage to private property in the city of Napa, officials said Wednesday.

Quake-hit Napa starts putting things back together

Napa - A Northern California city that took the brunt of Sunday morning's major earthquake has begun the arduous task of rebuilding damaged buildings, businesses and infrastructure.

Ecuador quake triggers deadly landslides

Quito - A shallow 5.1-magnitude earthquake struck the Ecuadoran capital Quito Tuesday, triggering landslides that killed at least two people and violently shaking buildings and homes.

China quake toll nears 600 as volunteers told to stay away

Zhaotong - The death toll from an earthquake that devastated a remote region of China jumped to nearly 600 people Wednesday, authorities said, as volunteer rescuers were warned away.

China earthquake death toll passes 400

Lizhai - More than 400 people have died in an earthquake that devastated a Chinese village, officials said Tuesday, as relatives faced the stark probability that rescuers would only find the remains of their loved ones.

At least 367 dead in southwest China quake

Beijing - More than 367 people died and nearly 2,000 were injured when a strong earthquake hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province, bringing homes crashing to the ground and sparking a massive relief operation.

Death toll from southwest China quake rises to 357: Xinhua

Beijing - The death toll from a strong earthquake that hit southwest China's mountainous Yunnan province on Sunday has risen to 357, the official news agency Xinhua reported.The 6.

Strong quake hits Mexico, one dead

Oaxaca - A 6.3-magnitude earthquake rattled Mexico on Tuesday, killing an elderly woman who fell as she fled her home and injuring another woman who evacuated from a hospital.

UN has 'moral responsibility' to tackle Haiti cholera: Ban

New York - The United Nations has a "moral responsibility" to help impoverished Haiti end a devastating cholera outbreak some blame on peacekeepers, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon says.

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits off northern Chile

Santiago - A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off northern Chile's coast on Sunday, the US Geological Survey said.The agency said the quake hit at 4:54 pm (2054 GMT) in the Pacific Ocean 22 kilometers (14 miles) west of Iquique, Chile, at a depth of 35.

Japan braced for more aftershocks of giant 2011 quake

Tokyo - Seismologists said an earthquake that struck near Japan's shuttered Fukushima nuclear site early Saturday was an aftershock of the tremor that sparked 2011's deadly tsunami, and warned of more to come.The strong 6.

Minor tsunami hits northeastern Japan after strong quake

Tokyo - A minor tsunami hit Miyagi prefecture in Japan early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake jolted the country's northeastern Pacific coast, prompting advisories for regions including around the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant.

Japan issues Fukushima tsunami advisory after strong quake

Tokyo - Japan issued a tsunami advisory early Saturday after a strong 6.8-magnitude quake struck in the Pacific off Fukushima prefecture, authorities said.The Japan Meteorological Agency said a local tsunami of up to one metre (3.
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A cracked street in Yokohama  due to the quake in Japan
A cracked street in Yokohama, due to the quake in Japan
SHAKEUP: The home housing the offices of Wine Spectator magazine on First Street in Napa was heavily...
SHAKEUP: The home housing the offices of Wine Spectator magazine on First Street in Napa was heavily damaged in the Oct. 24 South Napa earthquake.
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Last month s South Napa earthquake damaged downtown s 1910 Alexandria Square building at Second and ...
Last month's South Napa earthquake damaged downtown's 1910 Alexandria Square building at Second and Brown streets.
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The epicentre of the earthquake affecting Central Canada on Wednesday June 23
The epicentre of the earthquake affecting Central Canada on Wednesday June 23

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