6.0 quake shakes Puerto Rico; no damage immediately reported

U.S. 09/23/19, 23:59

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck near Puerto Rico late Monday, rousing and scaring many from their sleep in the U.S. territory. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck 49 miles (79 kilometers) off the island's northwest coast at a shallow depth of 6 miles (10 kilometers). Three aftershocks, of magnitude 4.7 ...

Update: Earthquake rattles Tokyo before Trump visit

Asia & Pacific 05/25/19, 03:01

The Latest on President Donald Trump's state visit to Japan. (all times local): 4:45 p.m. A relatively strong earthquake rattled Tokyo just before President Donald Trump's arrival Saturday but there was no danger of a tsunami. Japan's Meteorological Agency said the quake, registering magnitude 5.1, struck in Chiba, just south of Tokyo, at ...

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 ...

Putin views launch of new submarine to carry nuclear drones

Europe 04/23/19, 13:31

Russian President Vladimir Putin has watched the launch of a new submarine intended to carry prospective underwater nuclear drones — a doomsday weapon capable of causing a devastating tsunami.During Tuesday's visit to a military shipyard in St. Petersburg, Putin viewed the departure of the Belgorod nuclear submarine at the Sevmash ...

Japan’s PM visits Fukushima nuke plant in revival message

Asia & Pacific 04/14/19, 05:11

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited the Fukushima nuclear plant, which sank into meltdowns after a tsunami eight years ago, in an effort to highlight revival and safety as the nation prepares to host the 2020 Olympics.The visit by Abe, who last went to the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant ...

Palu recovery in red tape months after Indonesian tragedy

Asia & Pacific 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 ...

Japan lifts evacuation in parts of Fukushima plant hometown

Asia & Pacific 04/09/19, 21:00

Japan partially lifted an evacuation order in one of the two hometowns of the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant on Wednesday for the first time since the 2011 disaster.Decontamination efforts have lowered radiation levels significantly in the area about 7 kilometers (4 miles) southwest of the plant where three reactors had ...

Toshiba unveils robot to probe melted Fukushima nuclear fuel

Science 01/28/19, 07:51

Toshiba Corp. has unveiled a remote-controlled robot with tongs that it hopes will be able to probe the inside of one of the three damaged reactors at Japan's tsunami-hit Fukushima nuclear plant and manipulate chunks of melted fuel.The device displayed Monday is designed to slide down an extendable 11-meter (36-foot) ...

Anak Krakatau volcano now a quarter of its pre-eruption size

Science 12/29/18, 01:24

Scientists say Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island, which erupted and collapsed a week ago triggering a deadly tsunami, is now only about a quarter of its pre-eruption size.Indonesia's Center for Volcanology and Geological Disaster Mitigation says Anak Krakatau now has a volume of 40-70 million cubic meters and lost 150-180 ...

Weather hampers efforts to inspect Indonesia tsunami volcano

Asia & Pacific 12/28/18, 03:42

Bad weather hampered efforts to assess whether Indonesia's Anak Krakatau volcano island could trigger another deadly tsunami as authorities said the search for victims in the worst-affected province will continue into January.Indonesia's disaster agency said Friday that 426 people died in the Sunda Strait tsunami. That was slightly lower than ...

Satellite images show collapse of Indonesian island volcano

Science 12/26/18, 23:29

Radar data from satellites, converted into images, shows Indonesia's Anak Krakatau island volcano is dramatically smaller following a weekend eruption that triggered a deadly tsunami.Satellite photos aren't available because of cloud cover but radar images from a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency satellite taken before and after the eruption show the ...

Indonesia widens exclusion zone around island volcano

Asia & Pacific 12/26/18, 22:32

Indonesia has widened the no-go zone around an island volcano that triggered a tsunami on the weekend, killing at least 430 people in Sumatra and Java.The country's volcanology agency said Thursday that the Anak Krakatau volcano's alert status had been raised to the second highest level and the exclusion zone ...

Indonesia asks people to avoid coast near erupting volcano

Asia & Pacific 12/25/18, 21:34

Indonesian authorities asked people near an island volcano to avoid the coast while eruptions and weather and sea conditions were being monitored for tsunami risks.A tsunami that followed an eruption of Anak Krakatoa hit communities along the Sunda Strait on Saturday night, killing more than 420 people and displacing thousands. ...

Update: Tsunami toll now 429 dead, thousands homeless

Asia & Pacific 12/25/18, 01:56

The Latest on the tsunami that hit parts of Indonesia (all times local):1:30 p.m.The death toll from the tsunami that hit Indonesian islands without warning Saturday night has passed 420 with more than 1,400 people injured.Thousands of people were left homeless when the waves smashed homes on coastal areas of ...

Somber Christmas, prayers in tsunami-hit Indonesian region

Asia & Pacific 12/24/18, 22:27

The Christmas holiday was somber with prayers for tsunami victims in the Indonesian region hit by waves that struck without warning Saturday night.Markus Taekz said the Rahmat Pentecostal Church in the hard-hit area of Carita did not celebrate with joyous music.Instead, he said only about 100 people showed up for ...

Stealth Indonesia tsunami turns perfect night into nightmare

Asia & Pacific 12/24/18, 12:09

The tsunami that roared ashore in Indonesia, killing more than 370 people and injuring over 1,400, was particularly cruel.It hit on a busy holiday weekend when many were enjoying the warm night breeze on the beach under a full moon. And unlike most big waves, which are typically portended by ...

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