Powerful quake hits Papua New Guinea, tsunami alert issued

World 05/14/19, 09:50

A powerful earthquake stuck Papua New Guinea late Tuesday evening, triggering a tsunami alert for coastal areas up to 1,000 kilometers (620 miles) away.The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured magnitude 7.5 and was located 45 kilometers (28 miles) northeast of Kokopo, a remote town with a population of ...

Update: New 6.3 magnitude earthquake hits Philippines

World 04/23/19, 01:09

The Latest on powerful earthquakes in the Philippines (all times local):2 p.m.The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 6.3 earthquake has hit the central Philippines, a day after 6.1 quake hit the country's north and killed at least 11 people.The new quake hit Tuesday afternoon and was centered 13 kilometers ...

Quake kills at least 11, 24 missing in northern Philippines

World 04/22/19, 21:42

Rescuers found more bodies overnight in the rubble of a supermarket that crashed down in a powerful earthquake that damaged buildings and an airport in the northern Philippines, raising the death toll to 11, officials said Tuesday.The bodies of four victims were pulled from Chuzon Supermarket and three other villagers ...

Philippine quake knocks over building, at least 3 dead

World 04/22/19, 11:35

A strong earthquake killed three people and trapped at several others Monday in a collapsed building that housed a supermarket in a northern Philippine province, where an international airport terminal was closed due to damage, officials said. Mayor Condralito dela Cruz of Porac town in Pampanga province, north of Manila, said ...

6.1 quake causes light damage in Taiwan capital, east coast

World 04/18/19, 02:57

A strong earthquake rattled eastern Taiwan early Thursday afternoon, causing scattered light damage in the capital and the eastern coast region.The 6.1 magnitude quake was centered northwest of the city of Hualien and almost 19 kilometers (12 miles) deep, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said.Water pipes at the city's train station ...

Palu recovery in red tape months after Indonesian tragedy

World 04/14/19, 01:09

Six months after Palu was ripped apart by an earthquake, tsunami and liquefying soil that sucked neighborhoods into the earth and killed thousands, a second crisis is looming as recovery efforts stumble and the city begs for humanitarian assistance.Thousands of people in this city on Indonesia's Sulawesi island are still ...

Magnitude 5.3 earthquake hits Hawaii; no risk of tsunami

U.S. 04/13/19, 23:20

The U.S. Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii. The agency says the quake hit about 5 p.m. Saturday and had an epicenter about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Kailua-Kona, a city of about 12,000 people on the island's west ...

Update: Witnesses thought blast was bomb or earthquake

U.S. 04/10/19, 10:58

The Latest on a gas explosion in downtown Durham, North Carolina (all times local): 11:55 a.m. Eyewitnesses are saying they thought a bomb had gone off or an earthquake had hit after a gas explosion in downtown, Durham North Carolina, that has killed at least one person and injured others. Smoke billows from ...

Scientists release most detailed map of Teton quake fault

Science 04/05/19, 14:29

Scientists have completed the most detailed map yet of one of North America's most spectacular geologic faults with the hope of providing a better understanding of the earthquake risk at a popular vacation destination.Millions of tourists visit Jackson Hole, Wyoming, every year to sightsee, hike or ski the Teton Range, ...

Snapshot of extinction: Fossils show day of killer asteroid

U.S. 03/29/19, 18:25

New research released Friday captures a fossilized snapshot of the day nearly 66 million years ago when an asteroid smacked Earth, fire rained from the sky and the ground shook far worse than any modern earthquake.It was the day that nearly all life on Earth went extinct, including the dinosaurs.The ...

Flash floods, earthquake in Indonesia kill dozens

World 03/17/19, 23:41

Flash floods and mudslides triggered by downpours tore through mountainside villages in Indonesia's easternmost province, killing at least 58 people, disaster officials said. An earthquake triggered a landslide that hit a popular waterfall on the Indonesian tourist island of Lombok, killing at least two and damaging hundreds of homes.Floodwaters and ...

Despite its peace, Christchurch painfully used to trauma

World 03/17/19, 01:31

Ahmed Tani settled in Christchurch as a refugee in 1999. After his escape from civil war in Somalia, the New Zealand city seemed a place of peace, a haven.Christchurch was more than just physically distant from the bitter strife he had previously known. With its leafy streets, vibrant gardens and ...

Scientists revise magnitude of recent Alaska earthquake

Science 03/08/19, 19:14

Seismologists announced Friday the magnitude of Alaska's powerful Nov. 30 earthquake has been revised to 7.1 from the earlier magnitude 7.0Alaska Earthquake Center officials say in a release the change comes after quake data was reviewed by multiple agency and academic groups.U.S. Geological Survey spokesman Paul Laustsen says the change ...

Anxiety in Alaska as endless aftershocks rattle residents

U.S. 01/19/19, 12:03

Seven weeks after a massive earthquake rocked Alaska, aftershocks are still shattering 7-year-old Connor Cartwright's sense of safety.They shake the earth far less than the 7.0 magnitude quake that sent a mirror, TV and dishes crashing to the ground in the Anchorage home where Connor lives with his mother, father ...

Northridge earthquake shattered Los Angeles 25 years ago

California 01/16/19, 01:45

Twenty-five years ago this week, a violent, pre-dawn earthquake shook Los Angeles from its sleep, and sunrise revealed widespread devastation, with dozens killed and $25 billion in damage.A look back at the damage, deaths and developments in seismic safety since the disaster:___THE QUAKEAt 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, 1994, a ...

WAS THERE: Southern California’s deadly 1994 earthquake

California 01/16/19, 01:34

This week marks 25 years since a deadly earthquake struck Southern California's densely populated San Fernando Valley.The state said at least 57 died in the magnitude 6.7 Northridge quake, but a study issued the following year put the death toll at 72, including heart attacks.About 9,000 people were injured, and ...

Quake from Mount Etna volcano jolts Sicily; 10 injured

Europe 12/26/18, 04:14

A quake triggered by Italy's Mount Etna volcano has jolted eastern Sicily, slightly injuring 10 people and prompting frightened Italian villagers to flee their homes.Italy's Civil Protection officials said the quake, at 3:19 a.m. Wednesday, was part of a swarm of some 1,000 tremors, most of them barely perceptible, that ...

After big earthquake, aftershocks continue to rattle Alaska

U.S. 12/19/18, 14:46

Nearly three weeks after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook up southcentral Alaska, the state continues to register frequent aftershocks.Anchorage television station KTUU reports seismic sensors have registered nearly 5,000 aftershocks since the Nov. 30 earthquake.The large earthquake caused millions in damage but no deaths or injuries.Seismologists at the Alaska Earthquake Center ...

Best Photos: Editors’ picks for 2018 from Asia

World 12/18/18, 22:57

The historic summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the riveting drama that unfolded in a cave in northern Thailand and a deadly earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia were just some of the memorable stories from Asia in 2018. Associated Press photographers across the region captured ...

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