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New Zealand earthquake damages Wellington parliament

Posted by Nuttapon_S On July - 21 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

A minute-long earthquake has shaken New Zealand, halting trains and damaging Wellington’s parliament building.

The 6.5-magnitude tremor was centred 35 miles (57 km) off the coast south of the capital at a depth of 6.3 miles, said the US Geological Survey.

But while some structural damage and power cuts were reported, officials said there was no risk of a tsunami.

The quake hit at 17:09 (05:09 GMT) and was felt as far north as Auckland.

It smashed windows, knocked stock off shop shelves and burst some water pipes, but there have been no reports of serious casualties.

Wellington resident James Mclaren said the earthquake had caused power cuts in the city suburbs and prompted the temporary closure of its airport.

“There’s been a bit of structural damage, lots of shattered glass everywhere,” he told the BBC. “Initially there were a few screams and panic, people thought it was another Christchurch.”

A 6.3-magnitude earthquake centred near Christchurch in February 2011 killed 185 people.

Sunday’s tremor was the latest in a series that have shaken the lower half of New Zealand’s North Island in recent days.

New Zealand lies on the notorious Ring of Fire, the line of frequent quakes and volcanic eruptions that circles virtually the entire Pacific rim.

The country experiences more than 14,000 earthquakes a year, of which only around 20 have a magnitude in excess of 5.0.

Ring of fire

Quake in Indonesia kills 6, injures more than 200

Posted by Nuttapon_S On July - 3 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

(CNN) — A 6.1-magnitude earthquake rattled Indonesia on Tuesday, killing six people, injuring more than 200 and damaging hundreds of homes, officials said.

Most of the deaths occurred in the hard-hit district of Bener Meriah. Two other people were reported missing, according to Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, a spokesman for the country’s National Disaster Management Agency.

People ran out of their homes when the quake struck on the Island of Sumatra, and many residents were hesitant to return for fear of aftershocks, Nugroho said.

Taiwan struck by strong earthquake

Posted by Nuttapon_S On June - 2 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Quake measuring 6.3 hits island, rattling capital and killing one mountain climber.

A magnitude 6.3 earthquake has struck Taiwan, killing one and triggering a gas explosion, officials say.

The powerful quake sent people running into the streets and was also felt in Hong Kong. Taiwan’s Seismology Centre said the quake was centered 32km east of central Nantou country at a depth of 10km.

The National Fire Agency said a male mountain climber was killed after being hit by falling rocks on Mount Ali in central Taiwan.

Taiwan television said the quake triggered a gas explosion in the centre of the island but it gave no details.

The quake also rattled the island’s capital of Taipei. “The house was shaking but nothing fell,” said one resident of the city.

An earthquake of such a magnitude can cause severe damage. The island sits near the so-called ring of fire region of
seismic activity around the Pacific Ocean.

An earthquake earlier struck the southern Philippines, damaging dozens of houses and injuring at least nine people.

AN earthquake close to North Wales has been felt over an area of 90 miles by people who reported “intense shaking”.

The epicentre of the earthquake in the Irish Sea was nine miles away from the town of Abersoch, Gwynedd, and measured a magnitude of 3.8, the British Geological Survey (BGS) said.

It happened at around 4.15am and was felt as far away as Southport in Merseyside.

More than 100 reports from people who felt the earthquake have been made to the BGS, who said the majority were within a 60-mile radius.

“This was a larger than average earthquake, we get around one a year of this size.

“People have reported hearing an initial loud banging, followed by rumbling, and intense shaking.”