Weather & Natural Disasters Earthquakes

  • The Philippine flag

    An earthquake initially measuring 6.0 magnitude struck Mindanao in the Philippines on Wednesday, the European earthquake monitoring service EMSC reported.

  • Ecuadorian flag on top of Santa Ana hill with a church and the city of Guayaquil visible in the background in Ecuador.

    The U.S. Geological Survey says a very powerful magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck eastern Ecuador close to its border with Peru.

  • A map showing where a 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck off Russia's Kamchatka peninsula.

    A major earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck off Russia's sparsely populated far east on Thursday, but officials said the threat of a tsunami had passed and no damage was reported.

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Nov 30- A powerful earthquake jolted southern Alaska on Friday morning, buckling roads, disrupting rush-hour traffic and jamming telephone service in and around Anchorage, the state's largest city, but there were no reports of serious injuries. The 7.0 magnitude quake struck about 8 miles north of Anchorage, a city of 300,000 residents...

  • A stormy ocean off of Greenland.

    A powerful quake of magnitude 6.8 struck off the eastern coast of Greenland on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

  • TOKYO, Nov 7- Japan's nuclear regulator has approved an operations extension for a 40- year-old reactor near Tokyo that was damaged in the same earthquake and tsunami that sparked the Fukushima disaster nearly eight years ago, a move likely to be controversial. Japan's Nuclear Regulation Authority gave the green light to the extension on Wednesday, the...

  • Vancouver skyline with Burrard bridge during sunset

      There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage from the quake.

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, said water treated at the site still contains radioactive materials that for years it has insisted had been removed. Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics more than five years ago, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declaring that...

  • TOKYO, Oct 11- The owner of the Fukushima nuclear plant, destroyed by an earthquake and tsunami more than seven years ago, said water treated at the site still contains radioactive materials that for years it has insisted had been removed. Tokyo won the bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics more than five years ago, with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declaring that...

  • People look for usable clothing among rubble in the Petobo neighborhood which was hit by an earthquake and liquefaction in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, October 8, 2018. 

    Many in the devastated village of Petobo, had no idea they were in an area already identified by the government as a high-risk zone for the devastating geological phenomenon that causes soft ground to liquefy during earthquakes.

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- Electricity was restored and some shops reopened in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts was unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck. "There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad," said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer...

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- Electricity was restored and some shops reopened in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts was unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck. "There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad," said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer...

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- Some services began returning to normal in Indonesia's quake and tsunami stricken city of Palu on Thursday, but the fate of many thousands of people in outlying districts remained unknown nearly a week after the disaster struck. "There are so many challenges with this disaster, it's never been so bad," said Frida Sinta, an aid volunteer trying...

  • *Official death toll stands at 1,407, mostly around Palu. PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- International efforts to help survivors of Indonesia's devastating earthquake and tsunami gathered pace on Thursday as concern grew for hundreds of thousands with little food and water, six days after disaster struck. Chaos has loomed at times with angry people in the region's...

  • PALU, Indonesia, Oct 4- International efforts to help survivors of Indonesia's devastating earthquake and tsunami gathered pace on Thursday as concern grew for hundreds of thousands with little food and water, six days after disaster struck. Chaos has loomed at times with angry people in the region's main city of Palu, 1,500 km northeast of Jakarta, looting...

  • A Halliburton oil well fielder works on a well head at a fracking rig site January 27, 2016 near Stillwater, Oklahoma.

    Earthquakes have increased dramatically in the last decade as a result of human activities and a professor of earth and planetary sciences argues in The Conversation that the timing of these earthquakes are clearly linked to fracking. 

  • USGS: Magnitude 6.3 earthquake hits offshore Oregon

    CNBC's Brian Sullivan reports a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has hit off the shoreline of Oregon.

  • Islands of Fiji

    A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it did not cause any damage, authorities in Fiji said.

  • A view of damage houses at Gumantar village after an earlier earthquake with a magnitude of 6.9 hit Lombok in Indonesia on August 08, 2018.

    A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 hit Indonesia's Lombok island on Thursday, causing some buildings to collapse, according to the country's meteorology and geophysics agency.

  • Water flows out from cracks in a road damaged by an earthquake in Osaka prefecture, Japan on June 18, 2018.

    The epicentre of the earthquake was just north of Osaka city, said the Japan Meteorological Agency.