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Strong earthquake rattles Mexico

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – A powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Guerrero state in southwest Mexico, rattling buildings as far away as the capital Mexico City. Reuters reporters in Mexico City said the earthquake seemed to go on for an unusually long period. There were no immediate reports of damage but…

Oklahoma 5.6 magnitude quake causes damage

OKLAHOMA CITY (Reuters) – A 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck in Oklahoma late on Saturday evening, the U.S. Geological Survey said, toppling chimneys, damaging buildings and sending some people to hospitals with minor injuries. The quake was stronger than a tremor of 5.5 magnitude in 1952, which was the largest earthquake…

Desperate hunt for survivors after Turkey quake

Rescuers scrambled through the rubble in a desperate search on Monday for survivors of an earthquake that killed at least 264 people in Turkey as residents fled the scenes of carnage. People living in eastern Van province issued cries for help on Twitter, giving out the addresses of collapsed buildings…

Quake rocks Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant

TOKYO — A 5.6-magnitude earthquake shook an area of northeast Japan which includes the tsunami-crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant Thursday but there were no reports of damage to the facility, officials said. The moderate quake struck offshore near the coast of Fukushima at 7:05 pm (1005 GMT) with a “very…

Virginia quake may have exceeded nuclear power plant’s design

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The historic earthquake that shut down Dominion Resources Inc’s North Anna nuclear plant last week may have exceeded what the reactor was designed to withstand, the U.S. nuclear regulator said on Monday. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said it has dispatched an additional team of inspectors to…

Zookeepers: Animals sensed earthquake before it happened

Many animals at the National Zoo in Washington sensed the rare 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the US east coast before it struck and began to behave strangely, zoo officials said. The epicenter of the surprise quake was located in a small Virginia town 134 kilometers (84 miles) southwest of…

Powerful quake rattles remote area of Peru

LIMA — A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake shook eastern Peru on Wednesday and was felt more than 300 miles (480 kilometers) away in the capital Lima as well as in neighboring Ecuador and Brazil. Seismologists from the US Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake, which occurred at 1746 GMT,…

Washington Monument closed indefinitely for repair after earthquake

The Washington Monument, the tallest structure in Washington, D.C., is closed indefinitely for repairs after engineers found a crack near the top, caused by yesterday’s 5.8 magnitude earthquake in Virginia. The 550-foot obelisk was circled by Park Service helicopters Tuesday afternoon to check for damage. Fox News first reported that…

National Cathedral damaged in earthquake

The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. suffered damage during Tuesday’s 5.9-magnitude earthquake centered near Richmond, Virginia. A spokesman told the Associated Press that at least three of the four pinnacles — the stones at the top of the spires — on the center spire have fallen off and that the…

Strong 5.9 quake jolts Japan disaster zone

TOKYO — A 5.9-magnitude earthquake shook northeast Japan Friday, jolting the area devastated by a quake and tsunami in March, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties and no tsunami warning. The quake hit at 3:22 am (1822 GMT Thursday) at a depth of 38 kilometres (24…

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