Monday, July 26, 2010

5.6-magnitude quake hits Taiwan

Posted: 25 July 2010 1222 hrs

TAIPEI - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake rocked Taiwan Sunday, swaying buildings in the capital Taipei, the island's Seismology Centre said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit at 0352 GMT about 31 kilometres northeast of Pingtung county at a depth of 20 kilometres.

Taiwan is regularly hit by earthquakes as the island lies near the junction of two tectonic plates.

In September 1999, a 7.6-magnitude quake killed around 2,400 people in the deadliest natural disaster in the island's history.

- AFP/ir

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Tremors felt in Singapore from earthquake in North Sumatra

By Joanne Chan | Posted: 24 July 2010 1146 2010 1146 hrs

SINGAPORE: Tremors were felt in parts of Singapore Saturday morning.

Callers to the MediaCorp Hotline said the tremors, which lasted about a minute, were felt in places such as Farrer Road, Cecil Street and North Bridge Road.

Lynn Jamaludin was in her office, located on the 24th floor of Tong Eng Building on Cecil Street, when the tremors hit at around 10am.

She said: "We actually felt the desk shaking slightly, and then we felt the building was moving a bit. But it stopped after about 50 seconds. We waited for the second tremor but it didn't come so we decided to stay in the office."

The National Environment Agency's Meteorological Services Division said an earthquake of magnitude 6.25 hit northern Sumatra at 10.11am Singapore time.

The quake epicentre was some 450 kilometres from Singapore.

NEA says there is no tsunami threat to Singapore.

- CNA/jm

Three major quakes rattle Philippines

Posted: 24 July 2010 0659 hrs

MANILA: Three major quakes measuring between magnitude 7.3 and 7.6 hit the southern Philippines early Saturday, seismologists said, but there were no reports of damage and no tsunami warning was issued.

The underwater quakes struck at a depth of between 575 and 605 kilometres (350 and 375 miles), just over 100 kilometres southwest of Cotabato, on the island of Mindanao, said the US Geological Survey.

The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said no destructive tsunami was generated by the 7.3-, 7.6- and 7.4-magnitude quakes, the first of which hit at 6:08 am (2208 GMT Friday).

"It was kind of mild," said Monisa Tulawie, a staff member at the Cotabato city mayor's office, who told AFP she felt one of the quakes.

Other residents contacted by phone were unaware of what had happened, saying they had not been woken by the tremors.

"We have received no reports of damage or casualties," said local fire official Marlon Macapili of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, a self-ruled area that includes four provinces around Cotabato.

Renato Solidum, chief of the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said the strong quakes struck over a 67-minute period at sunrise, with several moderate aftershocks.

Mild tremors were felt as far north as Manila, more than 800 kilometres away, he added.

"We don't expect any," Solidum told AFP when asked about damage or casualties. "Because of their depth they will not be able to depress the ocean floor," Solidum added.

The institute said quakes with a magnitude of 7.0 or above can cause considerable damage near their epicentre, while shallow-seated ones occurring under the sea may generate huge waves.

The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,000 islands with many people living in communities close to the sea.

The country sits on the Pacific Ring of Fire, where continental plates meet, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity.

Solidum said a movement of the Molucca Sea Plate had caused Saturday's quakes. The plate is pushing underneath the Indonesian archipelago.

- AFP/fa/jm

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

New quake hits Chile's central coast

Posted: 14 July 2010 1758 hrs

WASHINGTON : A 6.5-magnitude earthquake rocked Chile's central coast on Wednesday, the US Geological Service reported.

The temblor hit at 0832 GMT about 99 kilometres (61 miles) northwest of Temuco, Chile, at a depth of 28 kilometres, the USGS added.

A massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck Chile on February 27, sparking a huge tsunami that killed 521 people and swept away entire villages. The disaster caused an estimated 30 billion dollars in damage. - AFP/ms

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

No damage reported after quake hits southern California

July 8, 2010 -- Updated 0056 GMT (0856 HKT)

(CNN) -- A 5.4-magnitude earthquake rattled southern California Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor, centered about 60 miles northeast of San Diego, was first reported by USGS to be at 5.7 magnitude but the agency later downgraded it to 5.4.

There were no immediate reports of damages or injuries.

The city closest to the quake was Borrego Springs, located in San Diego County.

"(There was) no damage no injures whatsoever," San Diego County Fire Department spokesman Maurice Luque told CNN. "Not even a spike in call volume at our 911 center which normally happens when we have a quake of this magnitude."

Neighboring Riverside County also reported no major incidents as a result of the quake.

"So far in Riverside County we have had no significant damage reports either from our fire stations of from the citizens in the county," Riverside Fire Capt. Jeremy Snyder told CNN.

In Palm Springs, businesses reported feeling the quake, but suffered no damage. Palm Springs was about 28 miles from the epicenter of the quake.

An employee at Le Parker Meridian Hotel in Palm Springs described the quake as a "pretty big jolt."

At Jensen's Finest Food in Palm Springs, manager Tom Hodges said he had maybe 20 items fall off the shelves, but not a single broken glass.