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6.5 quake rocks southern Indonesia: USGS

JAKARTA: A strong 6.5 earthquake rocked Indonesia’s main island of Java late Friday evening, the US Geological Survey said, shaking buildings in the capital Jakarta. The tremor was measured at a depth of 91 kilometres (56 miles) and struck less than a kilometre (mile) east-southeast of the coastal town of Cipatujah, USGS said. The earthquake was felt in the capital Jakarta, about 300 kilometres (190 miles) from the epicentre, as well as several other towns on Java. There was no immediate indication of a tsunami and…

Magnitude 6.1 quake hits northern Chile: USGS

SANTIAGO: A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck northern Chile, 144 km (90 miles) southeast of Calama, at a depth of 188 km, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said on Saturday. The earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.2 and struck at about 5:15 a.m. (0815 GMT), USGS said. There were no immediate reports on social media of damage or casualties.

Two dead after New Zealand earthquake, residents flee tsunami

CHRISTCHURCH: At least two people were killed and more fatalities were feared after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand just after midnight Monday, while residents in coastal areas fled following tsunami warnings. As dawn broke there was scant information from many rural villages in the South Island, which were isolated by landslips and fractured telephone communications as strong aftershocks continued for several hours. Prime Minister John Key confirmed two people had died and said "we cannot rule out" that…

6.4-magnitude quake shakes central Chile: Officials

SANTIAGO, Chile: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake of "great intensity" struck central Chile on Friday, but there were no immediate reports of damage, officials said. The quake, which struck in the early afternoon, shook buildings in the capital Santiago and caused panic among residents, AFP correspondents said. The quake hit 41 miles (66 km) from the city at a depth of 72.1 miles (116 km), the USGS said.

6.4-magnitude earthquake hits northwest China: USGS

BEIJING, CHINA: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck China's north-western province of Qinghai on Monday, the US Geological Survey reported, in an area frequently plagued with seismic activity. The quake was 32 kilometres (20 miles) deep, USGS said, with its epicentre in a sparsely-populated area of Yushu prefecture. There was a "low likelihood of casualties and damage", it said. Yushu was the scene of a 6.9-magnitude earthquake in April 2010 that left nearly 2,700 people dead and more than 12,000 injured, according to state…