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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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Malaysian Student Recalls Fear During Temblor In NZ

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KUALA LUMPUR – “I wasn’t sure whether to run out of the house or hide under the table. “At first, I thought it was a small quake but the (my) concussion became severe and then, I realised it wasn’t normal and started feeling scared.” This was the predicament of Malaysian Clarissa Robert Jeyakumar when an…

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Weak Quake Strikes Off Lahad Datu In Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake, measuring 3.3 on the Richter scale, struck off the coast of Lahad Datu in Sabah today, causing tremors. The Meteorological Department said there was no threat of a tsunami following the quake which occurred at 10.36am. The epicentre of the quake was 25km southeast of Lahad Datu, it said…

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Christchurch Earthquake: No Malaysians Affected

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PUTRAJAYA – No Malaysians were affected in the earthquake that struck the city of Christchurch, New Zealand today (Sunday), said the Foreign Ministry. However, the ministry said Malaysians residing in New Zealand were advised to always communicate with the High Commission of Malaysia in Wellington and comply with all instructions and safety advice by the…

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No Malaysian Affected By Quake In Taiwan – Wisma Putra

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KUALA LUMPUR – No Malaysian was affected in the earthquake which struck the Pingtung region in Taiwan early today. The international media reported that five people were killed in the earthquake, including a baby girl aged 10 months, while 35 people were feared trapped. In a statement, Wisma Putra said it would continue to monitor…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Banda Sea In Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake, measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale, occurred in the Banda Sea in Indonesia at 1.28pm today, according to the Meteorological Department. It said in a statement that the epicentre of the quake was 393km southeast of Ambon, Indonesia, and 1,794km southeast of Semporna, Sabah. The quake did not pose…

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6.8 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes India-Myanmar Border Region

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KUALA LUMPUR – A strong earthquake, measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale, struck the India-Myanmar border region at 7.05am today, according to the Meteorological Services Department. The quake did not pose any threat of a tsunami, it said in a statement. It also said that there were no official reports as yet on the loss…

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Weak Earthquake Strikes Tarakan In Indonesia

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake, measuring 4.0 on the Richter scale, occurred in Tarakan, a major city in Kalimantan, Indonesia, at 1pm Friday. According to the Malaysian Meteorological Department, the epicentre of the quake was located about 75km southwest of Tawau, Sabah. It said in a statement that the quake did not pose any…

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Tawau Hit By Two Minor Quakes

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KUALA LUMPUR: Two earthquakes within 17 minutes, measuring 4.2 and 4.6 on the Richter Scale, occurred this morning, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department. It said in a statement Tuesday that the first epicentre of the quake was 46 km northeast of Tarakan, Indonesia and 80 km southwest of Tawau, Sabah at 8.01am. The following…

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No Aftershocks Expected In Sabah Following Strong Earthquake In Kalimantan – Meteorological Dept

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KUALA LUMPUR: No aftershocks are expected for now, following the magnitude 6.2 earthquake which struck Kalimantan, Indonesia early Monday morning, says the Malaysian Meteorological Department. Director-general Datuk Che Gayah Ismail said normally, aftershocks would be triggered following a major earthquake, such as the one which occurred at 2.47 this morning. “However, based on the latest…

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Weak Earthquake Strikes Ranau In Sabah

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KUALA LUMPUR – A weak earthquake, measuring 2.9 on the Richter scale, struck Ranau in Sabah at 12.27 am today, according to Meteorological Department. It said the quake caused tremors that were felt in Ranau. The department also said that a moderate earthquake, measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale, struck Luzon in the Philippines at…

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S.Asian Quake: Rescuers Race To Reach Quake Zones As Death Toll Nears 300

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KABUL/ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Rescuers on Tuesday rushed to deliver relief aid to victims of a massive earthquake that hit northern Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing at least 275 people over a wide swath of mostly mountainous terrain. Thousands spent the night outdoors in near-freezing temperatures reluctant to go back inside for fear of aftershocks, Pakistani media…

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At Least 29 People Killed In S. Asian Earthquake

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KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) – A powerful earthquake struck a remote area of northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, shaking the capital Kabul and killing at least 17 people while 12 were killed in neighbouring Pakistan, officials said. Shockwaves were felt in northern India and in Pakistan’s capital, where hundreds of people ran out of buildings as the…

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Magnitude-7.7 Earthquake Stirs India, Pakistan And Afghanistan

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KABUL: A magnitude-7.7 earthquake hit northeastern Afghanistan on Monday, and was felt hundreds of miles away in Pakistan and India. The temblor struck at around 2:10 p.m. (5:10 a.m. ET). The quake came just days after rain fell in many parts of Afghanistan, making mud-built houses more vulnerable to collapse. The USGS said the quake…

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Death Toll In Chilean Earthquake Rises To 11

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SANTIAGO: At least eleven people have been killed and nine more injured in Chile after an earthquake measuring 8.4 on the Richter scale struck Wednesday night, the country’s National Office of Emergencies confirmed Thursday. Earlier in the day, Interior Minister of Chile Jorge Burgos put the death toll at eight, plus one person missing, but…

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Moderate Earthquake Hits Tanimbar Islands

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KUALA LUMPUR – A moderate earthquake measuring 5.3 on the Richter scale hit the Tanimbar Islands off Indonesia at 6.03 am, Saturday morning. The Meteorological Department said the epicentre of the earthquake was at 7.1 degrees south latitude and 131.4 degrees east longitude, 518 km southeast of Ambon, Indonesia and 1,920 km southeast of Semporna,…

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