Category: Weather, Natural Disasters

Moderate 5.8-magnitude quake strikes Papua New Guinea, US geological survey says

SYDNEY: A moderate 5.8-magnitude earthquake struck Papua New Guinea early Tuesday, US seismologists said.

The quake struck at 9 am local time (2300 GMT) at a depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles) 70 kilometres southwest of the nearest city of Ialibu, the United States geological survey said.

Earthquakes are common in PNG, which sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity due to friction between tectonic plates.

Magnitude 6.3 quake hits Mexico, no major damages or injuries

People stand on the street after evacuating an apartment building after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was felt in Mexico City, July 29, 2014. REUTERS-Claudia Daut

People stand on the street after evacuating an apartment building after a 6.3 magnitude earthquake was felt in Mexico City, July 29, 2014. REUTERS-Claudia Daut

 

(Reuters) – A magnitude 6.3 earthquake hit southwest of Juan Rodriguez Clara, in the eastern Mexican state of Veracruz on Tuesday at a depth of 95 km (60 miles), the U.S. Geological Survey said, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or major damages.

 

The quake was felt in Mexico City, Reuters witnesses said, where it rattled doors and light fixtures.

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California lightning strikes 14 people in one day

More than a dozen people struck by lightning at Venice Beach in a single afternoon, killing one and leaving another critically injured

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Ebola outbreak: Second US worker fighting for life after contracting deadly illness in Liberia

Nancy Writebol tested positive at the same medical compound in Liberia where American doctor, Dr Kent Brantly, became infected

Staff of the Christian charity Samaritan’s Purse put on protective gear in the ELWA hospital in the Liberian capital Monrovia Photo: ZOOM DOSSO/AFP/Getty Images

Nancy Writebol tested positive at the same medical compound in Liberia where American doctor, Dr Kent Brantly, became infected

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California Wildfires: Sand Fire Grows, Destroys Homes, Hundreds Evacuated

Members of the CAL Fire Vina Helitack crew battle a spot fire as the fast-moving wildfire called 'Sand Fire' burns near Plymouth, California July 26, 2014.  REUTERS-Max Whittaker

Members of the CAL Fire Vina Helitack crew battle a spot fire as the fast-moving wildfire called ‘Sand Fire’ burns near Plymouth, California July 26, 2014.  REUTERS-Max Whittaker

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