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Indonesia searches for survivors after powerful quake, tsunami

PALU, Indonesia: More than 400 people were confirmed killed, many swept away as tsunami waves triggered by a massive earthquake crashed into the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, and authorities expected the toll to rise sharply on Sunday as news arrives from remote areas. Dozens of people were reported to be still trapped in the rubble of a hotel and a mall in the city of Palu, which was hit by waves as high as six meters (20 feet) following the 7.5 magnitude earthquake. With the death toll so far from Palu alone and…

Major quake prompts tsunami warning off Indonesia

JAKARTA: A major 7.7 magnitude quake struck off the Indonesian island of Sulawesi on Friday, prompting a tsunami alert, hours after a milder quake hit the same area. Indonesia’s meteorology agency issued an early tsunami warnings for people in Central Sulawesi and West Sulawesi provinces, asking people to evacuate to higher ground. The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude of the second quake at a strong 7.5, after first saying it was 7.7. The earlier quake destroyed some houses, killing one person and injuring at…

More than 2,000 tourists evacuated after Indonesia quake kills 98

MATARAM: Indonesia Monday sent rescuers fanning out across the holiday island of Lombok and evacuated more than 2,000 tourists after a powerful earthquake killed at least 98 people and damaged thousands of buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok and killed 17 people. Rescuers on Monday searched for survivors in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools destroyed in the latest disaster on Sunday…

Magnitude 7 quake strikes north of Indonesia’s Lombok island

JAKARTA: A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck off the north coast of Indonesia's island of Lombok on Sunday. It prompted a tsunami warning, but this was later lifted. The quake occurred at a depth of 15 km, the Indonesian Meteorological Agency said. Officials have urged people to move away from the ocean. "Please go to a place with higher ground, while remaining calm and not panicking," Dwikorita Karnawati, head of the agency for meteorology, climatology and geophysics, told local TV. There were no immediate…

Powerful quake hits Indonesia’s Lombok, 10 killed, houses damaged

SEMBALUN, Indonesia: A powerful 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck the popular tourist destination of Lombok in Indonesia on Sunday, killing 10 people and damaging many buildings, authorities said. The quake hit Lombok island early in the morning when many people were still sleeping. Around 40 people were injured and many fled into open fields away from collapsed buildings. “We jumped out of our beds to avoid anything falling on our heads,” said Jean-Paul Volckaert who was woken by the quake while sleeping in the Puncak…

Powerful 7.2 quake rocks buildings in Mexico, minor damage reported

MEXICO CITY: A 7.2 magnitude quake rocked Mexico on Friday, a prolonged rumble that the government said had caused minor damage to buildings in the southern state of Oaxaca, but with no preliminary reports of deaths. The epicenter was about 90 miles (145 km) from Pacific coast surfer resort Puerto Escondido in the southern state of Oaxaca and had a depth of 15.3 miles (24.6 km), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Both the south of Mexico and the capital are still reeling from earthquakes that caused widespread…

At least two killed, 150 missing after quake rocks Taiwan tourist area

HUALIEN, Taiwan: Rescuers combed through the rubble of collapsed buildings on Wednesday, some using their hands as they searched for about 150 people missing after a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck near the popular Taiwanese tourist city of Hualien overnight. At least two people were killed and 219 injured in the quake that hit near the coastal city just before midnight (1600 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said. The latest figures from government data indicated at least 149 people were missing. Many of those were believed…

3.5-magnitude quake rattles N Korea near nuclear test site

PYONGYONG: A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site on Saturday, US seismologists said, in what Chinese experts said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”. It came after days of increasingly bellicose rhetoric between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s regime, as international alarm mounts over Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 20 kilometres (12…