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Northern Japan hit by 6.5 magnitude quake, no reported damage

TOKYO (Reuters) – A magnitude 6.5 earthquake jolted northern Japan on Monday, prompting officials to issue a tsunami warning that was later lifted. There were no reports of damage. Japanese broadcasterNHK said a 50-cm tsunami wave had been expected to reach the shores of Miyagi prefecture, hit hard by the March 11 earthquake…

Taiwan builds first undersea earthquake sensor

TAIPEI (AFP) – Taiwan began building its first undersea earthquake sensor on Sunday in a project aiming to give earlier warnings of the quakes and tsunamis that frequently hit the region. In the wake of the 9.0 magnitude quake and tsunami that have devastated northeastern Japan, the head of Taiwan’s…

Hopes for survivors fade in quake-hit Christchurch

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – A ‘miracle’ was required to find more survivors amid the wreckage of earthquake-hit Christchurch, Prime Minister John Key said Thursday, as the focus turned to recovering bodies. Two days after the 6.3-magnitude quake flattened buildings in New Zealand’s second city, police said there had been no…

Nearly 400 dead, missing in New Zealand quake

CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand – New Zealand declared a national state of emergency Wednesday after one of its worst earthquake disasters left nearly 400 people dead or missing. Rescuers worked frantically to reach survivors under collapsed buildings in the stricken city centre of Christchurch, after recovering 75 bodies. About 300 people…

Quake kills 65 in New Zealand’s ‘darkest day’

Update: Up to 30 million tons of ice have split off from the Tasman glacier, causing waves over 3.5 meters high. More here CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AFP) – A powerful earthquake killed at least 65 people in New Zealand’s second city Christchurch Tuesday, crushing buildings and vehicles and leaving hundreds…

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