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Strong Earthquake In Vanuatu Island

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale was reported at Vanuatu Island at 4.09 am today. The Malaysian Meteorology Department, in a statement, said the epicentre of the quake was at 881 kilometres southwest of Nadi, Fiji, and 6,102 kilometres southeast of Semporna, Sabah. The quake, however, did not pose…

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At Least 149 Killed By Earthquake In Mexico

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MEXICO CITY – At least 149 people were killed by a powerful earthquake that struck central Mexico on Tuesday, the nation’s civil protection agency said. The highest death toll was in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, where 55 deaths were reported, Luis Felipe Puente, who leads the agency, wrote in a…

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Tokyo Hit With 4.6 Magnitude Earthquake

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TOKYO: An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 4.6 shook eastern Japan on Thursday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The epicentre of the quake, which hit at 9:27 a.m. (0027 GMT), was north of Tokyo in Saitama prefecture, the agency said. The quake was measured at a depth of 50 km (30 miles). No tsunami…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Southeast Of Honshu Japan

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on Richter scale occurred in Southeast of  Honshu, Japan at 07.58 am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said the quake’s epicenter was 734km Southeast of Yokosuka, Japan, and  3717km Northeast of Sandakan, Sabah. The quake did not pose any tsunami threat, it added. – BERNAMA

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Southwest Of Sumatra

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit southwest of Sumatra, Indonesia, at 7.23 am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said the quake’s epicenter was 225km southwest of Bengkulu, Indonesia, and 828km southwest of Pontian, Johor. The quake did not pose any tsunami threat, it added. – BERNAMA

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Strong Earthquake Hits Komandorskiye Ostrova Region

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Komandorskiye Ostrova Region, Russia at 7.05pm today. The Meteorological Department in a statement said the quake’s epicentre was 672km northeast of Petropavlovsk Kamchatskiy, Russia and 7,013km northeast of Kudat, Sabah The quake did not pose any tsunami threat, it added. – BERNAMA

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Earthquake Strikes Northern Sumatera

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.9 on the Ritcher Scale, struck northern Sumatera today, 248km southwest of Sabak Bernam in Selangor, said the Meteorological Department. It said in a statement that the quake occurred at 9.24 am. The department said tremors were felt in some areas in Selangor. However, there was no tsunami threat, it added. –…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Bismarck Sea, PNG

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale occurred in Bismarck Sea, 235 km southwest of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, at 7.54 am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department, in a statement, here said the location of the quake was 3,474 km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. The statement said there was no…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Northern Molucca Sea

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on Ritcher scale occurred in Northern Molucca Sea at 11.30am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department, in a statement, here said the epicentre of the quake was 145km southwest of Talaud island, Indonesia and 860km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. It said the quake did not pose any tsunami…

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Mild Quake Hits Ranau

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KUALA LUMPUR – A mild earthquake measuring 3.2 on the Richter scale occurred in Ranau, Sabah at 1.10am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said the epicentre of the quake was 320 kilometres northwest of Tarakan, Indonesia and 11 kilometres west of Ranau. Tremors were felt in western Sabah, it added. – BERNAMA

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Moderate Quake Hits Mindanao

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale occurred in Mindanao, Philippines at 8.08am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said the epicentre of the quake was 22 kilometres south of Surigao City, Philippines and 921 kilometres northeast of Kinabatangan, Sabah. The quake did not pose any tsunami threat,…

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7.2 Quake Hits South Of Fiji Islands This Morning

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale occurred in the south of Fiji Islands at 5.53am today. The Meteorological Department in a statement said the epicentre was 227km southwest of Nadi, Fiji and 6,842km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. It said the earthquake did not pose any tsunami threat. In another…

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6.5-magnitude Earthquake Rattles Northern Australia

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A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Australia and parts of Indonesia Wednesday with residents in Darwin reporting widespread shaking, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The tremor struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. ”TV nearly rattled off the cabinet, two storey house was…

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Strong 6.6 Earthquake Rattles Northern Australia

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KUALA LUMPUR – An earthquake measuring 6.6 on the Richter scale occurred in the Banda Sea, Indonesia at 8.17am Wednesday. The Malaysian Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the quake was 456km south west of Ambon, Indonesia and 1,718km south east of Semporna, Sabah. However, the quake did not pose any tsunami threat to Malaysia,…

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Quake Of Magnitude 6.1 Strikes China’s Rugged Xinjiang – USGS

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.1 hit China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the U. S. Geological Survey said. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties from the quake, which struck 51 km (32 miles) south of the city of Shihezi, at a depth of 55 km (35 miles).…

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Scores Killed In Indonesian Earthquake

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Scores have died and dozens were feared trapped in rubble after a strong earthquake struck off the coast of Aceh province on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, officials and local media said. The province’s army chief, Major General Tatang Sulaiman, told the DPA news agency that 97 people have died in the shallow 6.5-magnitude undersea…

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6.0-Magnitude Undersea Quake Hits Eastern Indonesia

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Jakarta (AFP) – A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia on Monday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The undersea quake hit about 190 kilometres (120 miles) northeast of Maumere, a holiday destination in Flores, at 09:13 am…

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Strong Earthquake Strikes Banda Sea, Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR – An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred in the Banda Sea, Indonesia at 9.13am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement today said the epicentre of the quake was 323km northwest of Kupang, Indonesia and 1,371km from Sarikei, Sarawak. However, the quake did not pose any tsunami threat, it…

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Moderate Earthquake Strikes South West Sumatera

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale occurred in South West Sumatera at 5.31am today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement here today said the epicentre of the quake was 319km south west of Sukabumi, Indonesia and 1,115km south east of Johor Bahru, Johor. However, the quake did not…

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4.0 Magnitude Earthquake Hits Mt Kinabalu

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KOTA KINABALU: A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the Mount Kinabalu area, some 16km west of Ranau at about 9.39am Friday, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department website. The quake, which lasted about three seconds, was felt in Ranau, Kota Kinabalu, Penampang and Tuaran. Mountain guide Mollonius Tingdal said he and several climbers were on their…

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Magnitude 6.4 Quake Hits Italy Near Perugia – USGS

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AMATRICE, Italy (Reuters) – The death toll from a devastating earthquake in central Italy rose sharply to almost 250 people early on Thursday after rescue teams worked through the night to try to find survivors under the rubble of flattened towns. The provisional toll jumped to 247 from the 159 dead listed on Wednesday night,…

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Wisma Putra: No Malaysians Hurt In Myanmar Earthquake

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PETALING JAYA: The Foreign Affairs Ministry has confirmed that no Malaysians were involved in the earthquake that hit central Myanmar on Wednesday. “The Embassy of Malaysia in Yangon will continue to monitor the situation and provide periodic updates,” it said in a statement on Thursday. The earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale struck Chauk,…

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Earthquake Rocks Central Italy, Buildings Collapse, 14 Dead

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  ROME – A magnitude 6.2 earthquake has struck central Italy, leaving at least 14 people dead and others trapped under rubble, Italian officials said. “Half the town is gone,” said the mayor of Amatrice, one of the worst areas affected. A family of four were feared dead in the rubble of their house in…

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Eastern Japan Shaken By 5.2 Quake, No Tsunami Warning

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TOKYO, (Reuters) – An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 shook eastern Japan on Tuesday, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake, centred east of Tokyo, shook buildings in the capital but was not strong enough to dislodge items from shelves. Earthquakes are common in…

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Weak Earthquake In Ranau

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake of 2.3 on the Richter scale was detected in Ranau, Sabah, at 5.18 am today. According to the Meteorology Department, the epicentre was at 6.0 degrees north and 116.6 degrees east, 11km west from Ranau. Tremor was felt in Ranau. – BERNAMA

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6.2 Undersea Quake Strikes Central Indonesia

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JAKARTA (AFP) – A strong 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of central Indonesia on Thursday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued and there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The undersea quake hit about 300 kilometres (185 miles) south of the popular holiday island of Lombok at 12:13 pm…

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Weak Earthquake Near Ranau

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake with magnitude 2.6 on the Richter scale occurred near Ranau, Sabah at 11.39 Saturday night. A statement issued by the Malaysian Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the earthquake was 11 km west of Ranau. Tremors were felt in Ranau. – BERNAMA

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Ecuador Counts Over 400 Quake Deaths, Damage In The Billions

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By Ana Isabel Martinez and Julia Symmes Cobb PORTOVIEJO/PEDERNALES, Ecuador: Touring a city ravaged by the earthquake that killed at least 413 people, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa on Monday contemplated a rebuilding costing billions of dollars and a potentially “huge” impact on the fragile OPEC economy. But the traumatized survivors Correa met on his rounds…

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Ecuador’s Earthquake Death Toll Rises To 246, Some 2,527 Injured

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QUITO: The number of victims of the devastating earthquake that jolted Ecuador has risen to 246 dead and 2,527 injured, Vice President Jorge Glas said on Sunday, speaking from the town of Pedernales. At a live press conference earlier in the day, Glas said the priority was to continue searching for survivors trapped in the…

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Earthquake: 11 Malaysian Students In Kumamoto Have Arrived In Fukuoka

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PUTRAJAYA – Eleven of the 18 Malaysian students who were affected by the earthquake which struck Kumamoto prefecture in Japan had arrived in Fukuoka. A statement issued by Wisma Putra said the remaining seven students are still at their respective evacuation centres and awaiting further instruction from the authorities. “The Foreign Ministry and Malaysian Embassy…

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