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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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All Malaysian Students In Kumamoto, Japan, Reported Safe

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KUALA LUMPUR – All the 18 Malaysian students in three universities in the Kumamoto prefecture in Japan that was hit by an earthquake last Thursday are reported safe, said Wisma Putra. In a statement issued here tonight, Wisma Putra said the Malaysian Embassy in Japan had contacted all the students concerned after the incident and…

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Moderate Earthquake Shakes Mindanao

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KUALA LUMPUR: A moderate 5.7 magnitude earthquake occurred at Mindanao, 89 km northwest of Zamboanga City, Philippines, 464 km northeast of Kinabatangan, Sabah Thursday. According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the quake took place at 2.21 am at 7.7 North and 121.8 East. No tsunami threat has been issued. — BERNAMA

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Strong Quake Hits Southern Sumatera

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter Scale occurred in Southern Sumatera at 10.14 am today. According to a statement from the Department of Meteorology, the epicentre of the quake was located 81 kilometres south-west from Bengkulu, Indonesia and 685 kilometer South-West from Pontian, Johor. However, no tsunami threat was recorded.…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Southwest Sumatera

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale struck southwest of Sumatera at 4.20am today, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. MetMalaysia in a statement said the quake epicentre was 604km southwest of Siberut, Indonesia and 1,110km southwest of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan. The quake did not pose any tsunami threat,…

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Sabah Govt Gives RM678,000 In Aid To Ranau Quake Victims

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KOTA BELUD: The Sabah government today gave RM678,000 in aid to 226 residents whose homes were damaged by the earthquake that hit Ranau on June 5, last year. The aid was handed out to them by Usukan assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, who is also Communications and Multimedia Minister. Also present were Kota…

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Weak Quake In Lahad Datu

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KUALA LUMPUR: A weak earthquake with a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter Scale hit Lahad Datu at 8.43am Friday. Earlier, another quake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale occurred at 5.47am about 3,522 km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. The quake was centred in the Bismarck Sea, southwest of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. No tsunami…

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Quake Hits Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea

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KUALA LUMPUR: An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit Bismarck Sea, 204 km southwest of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea, today. The Malaysian Meteorological Department in a statement said the quake occurred at 5.47 am, about 3,522 km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. However, no alert warning of a tsunami threat was issued. MetMalaysia said…

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New Government Buildings In Sabah Can Withstand Earthquakes – JKR

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PETALING JAYA: All new government buildings in Sabah are designed and constructed to withstand earthquakes, said Public Works Department deputy director-general (infrastructure sector) Datuk Dr Roslan Md Taha. He said the JKR set the condition following the earthquake in Ranau last June. That earthquake claimed 18 lives. The JKR applied the Eurocodes international standard in…

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5.7 Quake Strikes Southwest Sumatra

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KUALA LUMPUR: A moderate earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck Southwest of Sumatra this morning, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. In a statement Thursday, the department said the quake with its epicenter at 629 km southwest of Siberut, Indonesia, 1,140 km southwest of Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan occurred at 8.10 am. It…

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Sumatra Quake: No Tsunami Threat To Malaysia

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale occurred in West Sumatra tonight but there is no threat of tsunami to Malaysia so far, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. The department in a statement here today, said the earthquake with its epicentre at about 649 km southwest of Siberut, Indonesia,…

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Kenyir Dam Quake No Reason To Quake In Fear – Academician

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KUALA LUMPUR – The earthquake which occurred at the Kenyir Dam in Terengganu last Tuesday is no reason to quake in fear. It is nothing new as there is every likelihood of its recurrence, says Associate Professor Mustaffa Kamal Shuib. The lecturer in structural geology and tectonics at Universiti Malaya said the largest man-made lake…

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Weak Quake At Kenyir, Tremors Felt In Kuala Berang

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KUALA LUMPUR,: A weak earthquake measuring 2.7 magnitude on the Richter scale was detected in Tasik Kenyir, Terengganu on Tuesday night. The Meteorological Department in a statement said the tremors could be felt in Kuala Berang. According to the statement, there was no threat of a tsunami following the earthquake at 9.25 pm. Tasik Kenyir…

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