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Powerful 7.5 quake off New Caledonia triggers tsunami but no damage

A powerful 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck near New Caledonia Wednesday, triggering a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across a swathe of the South Pacific, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries. Authorities said the quake, followed by at least 20 strong aftershocks, was centered about 170 kilometres (100 miles) southeast of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands at a depth of just 10 kilometres. Island residents said the initial quake shook the walls of buildings and in places turned the sea foamy.…

Alaska hit by strong earthquake, tsunami warning issued

ALASKA: A powerful earthquake shook southern Alaska on Friday, prompting a tsunami warning for Cook Inlet and disrupting traffic and television transmissions in its largest city. The 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just south of Point MacKenzie, Alaska, with an epicenter seven miles (11.4 km) from Anchorage, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It had a depth of 26.7 miles (43 km). The National Weather Service initially said there was no tsunami danger, but a few minutes later the agency said on Twitter that there was a…

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…

Quake, tsunami kills at least 30 on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island

JAKARTA: At least 30 people were killed when a major earthquake and tsunami hit the city of Palu on Indonesia’s Sulawesi island on Friday, a hospital official told Metro TV in a report broadcast on Saturday. Strong aftershocks continued to rock the coastal city on Saturday morning after waves up to two meters (six feet) high swept through the scenic tourist town, triggered by a 7.5 magnitude earthquake on land. Amateur footage shown by local TV stations, which could not immediately be authenticated by Reuters, showed…

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…

Calm down! No tsunami is going to hit Karachi

KARACHI: A tsunami warning issued by local municipal authorities on Tuesday created panic among the public, but a senior official of District Municipal Corporation termed the report false and said it was a result of a ‘typo’. The Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) and National Seismic Monitoring Centre had issued a press release regarding the Indian Ocean-Wide Tsunami exercise in which it invited the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), provincial disaster management authority, Karachi commissioner, deputy…

Magnitude 6.6 quake hits North East of Raba, Indonesia: USGS

LONDON: A magnitude 6.5 offshore earthquake struck the Indonesian archipelago late on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said. It was located 153 km (95 miles) northeast of Raba at a depth of 564.7 km, the Survey said. There was no tsunami threat and no immediate reports of damage. The epicentre was around 500 km from the island of Lombok, which was devastated by a 6.9 quake in early August and powerful aftershocks.

Rising sea levels threaten coastal cities with more tsunamis, scientists warn

Tsunamis will become more common and more ferocious with global warming, scientists have warned after a study found that the rise in global sea level will increase the risk of coastal cities being wiped out. Smaller earthquakes that currently pose no serious tsunami threat could unleash waves capable of inundating coastal cities, researchers found in a study focusing on the city of Macau in China. Currently, it is considered safe from tsunamis, despite lying within a major earthquake zone. At today's sea level, it…