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Strong 6.1 quake hits area near East Timor

Posted by Rattana_S On February - 6 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit eastern Indonesia yesterday, but there was no tsunami alert, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 7.36am local time, 318 kilometres east-northeast of East Timor’s capital Dili in the Banda Sea at a depth of 18 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue any alerts following the tremor in the remote region at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago between East Timor and the Maluku islands.

In an initial assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of damage or casualties.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A 6.1-magnitude quake struck Indonesia’s main island of Java in January, damaging dozens of buildings.

Another 6.1 quake that hit Aceh province on Sumatra island in July 2013 killed at least 35 people and left thousands homeless.

Strong earthquake hits New Zealand’s North Island

Posted by Rattana_S On January - 20 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

(CNN) — A strong earthquake shook the lower part of New Zealand’s North Island on Monday, rattling buildings and reportedly knocking out power for some people in the region.

The 6.3-magnitude quake’s epicenter was about 115 kilometers (71 miles) northeast of Wellington, the country’s capital, the U.S. Geological Survey estimated. It hit at a depth of about 27 kilometers (17 miles), the agency said.

It struck just before 4 p.m. and was followed by a series of weaker aftershocks.

There were no immediate reports of casualties. But power was down and water mains had burst in the small town of Eketahuna, Steve Atkin, a resident at a hotel in the town, told CNN affiliate TVNZ.

Some residents of the region reported on social media that furniture in their homes had suffered damage, TVNZ said.

The earthquake was felt at Wellington Airport, the broadcaster reported.

New Zealand sits at the southwestern edge of the Pacific “ring of fire,” an area of high seismic and volcanic activity that stretches up through Japan, across to Alaska and down the west coasts of North and South America.

In February 2011, a 6.3-magnitude earthquake toppled buildings in the South Island city of Christchurch, killing 185 people and injuring several thousand.

Earthquake hits near Indonesia islands

Posted by Nuttapon_S On December - 1 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

An earthquake of at least 6.3 in magnitude hit eastern Indonesia’s Tanimbar islands, but no tsunami alerts were issued.

An earthquake of at least 6.3 magnitude has struck off eastern Indonesia’s Tanimbar islands, but there was no tsunami alert, seismologists said.

The quake struck at 10:24 am local time (0124 GMT) on Sunday, 351 kilometres (217 miles) east-northeast of the East Timor capital Dili at a relatively shallow depth of 10 km, the US Geological Survey said.

The AFP news agency reported the quake’s magnitude as 6.3, where as Reuters reported that it was 6.9.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue any alerts following the tremor in the remote region at the eastern end of the Indonesian archipelago between the islands of Timor and New Guinea.

In an initial assessment, the USGS said there was a low likelihood of damage or casualties.

Indonesia sits on the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

A 6.1 magnitude quake that struck Aceh province on Sumatra island in July killed at least 35 people and left thousands homeless.

Small tsunami reaches Japan after earthquake

Posted by Nuttapon_S On October - 26 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

A small tsunami triggered by a quake has hit Japan’s eastern coast – where the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is located – but no damage is reported.

The 30cm (1ft) waves reached the region after the 7.1 magnitude tremor struck at a depth of 10km (six miles), about 320km off the coast.

A tsunami alert issued for several areas was later lifted.

Workers at the Fukushima power station had been told to leave waterfront areas for higher ground.

But a Fukushima spokesman later said there was no damage or change in readings at radiation monitoring posts around the plant, according to Reuters news agency.

The Japan Meteorological Agency had warned that a small tsunami – up to one metre (3.3ft) – could reach the eastern coast after the tremor in the Pacific Ocean.

The agency had also issued a “yellow” advisory for Fukushima and the prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, Ibaraki and parts of Chiba.

But it added: “Though there may be slight sea-level change in coastal regions, no tsunami damage is expected.”

The earthquake struck at about 02:10 local time on Saturday (17:10 GMT Friday).

The tsunami advisory was lifted about two hours later.

The Fukushima reactors were damaged by the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011.

Since then, most of Japan’s nuclear reactors have remained off, amid impassioned debate over nuclear energy.

More than 18,000 people were left dead or missing in that disaster.

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