Strong earthquake hits East Pacific Rise far off
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.8 has struck the
northern East Pacific Rise in the Pacific Ocean, centered far southwest
of Mexico, seismologists say. There is no threat of a tsunami.
The earthquake, which struck at 8:33 p.m. CT on Thursday, was centered
about 597 kilometers (371 miles) east of France's Clipperton Island, or
842 kilometers (523 miles) southwest of Acapulco de Juarez in Mexico.
The United States Geological Survey put the earthquake's preliminary
magnitude at 6.8 and said it struck at a shallow depth of just 10
kilometers (6.2 miles).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami
to Pacific coastlines of Mexico, Central America and South America,
while the U.S. National Tsunami Warning Center added that there also
isn't any threat along the western coastlines of the United States and
Because the earthquake was centered far from land, there should be no
damage or casualties.
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Quake of 6.8 magnitude strikes northwest of Ecuador capital Quito
LONDON, (Reuters) - A magnitude 6.8 earthquake hit Ecuador to the
northwest of the capital Quito on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey
The quake was initially given a magnitude of 6.9 but the USGS then
revised the figure down to 6.8. It said the epicentre of the quake was
82 km (50 miles) south of Esmeraldas on the northwestern coast of the
Overnight on Wednesday, a 6.7 quake struck Ecuador's Pacific coast,
causing minor injuries and light damage in the same region where a 7.8
tremor killed more than 650 people last month.
(Writing by Hugh Lawson; Editing by Mark Heinrich)
6.9-magnitude quake strikes Myanmar, shakes neighbouring countries
YANGON (AFP) - A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Myanmar on Wednesday,
causing tremors around the region, including in neighbouring Bangladesh
where scores were reported injured in stampedes and buildings were
The quake, which took place at a depth of 134 km, hit some 400 km
north-west of Myanmar’s capital Naypyidaw, according to the US
Geological Survey (USGS), and was also felt in parts of India and China.
There were no immediate reports of casualties, although the region where
the earthquake hit has poor communications infrastructure like many of
Myanmar’s outlying provinces.
A lawmaker from the Sagaing region, some 100 km from the epicentre, told
AFP that she felt rough tremors that lasted for several minutes.
“There may be some destruction and damage. But it’s difficult to know
the (extent) of destruction at nighttime,” Ms Cho Cho Win said, adding
that the town does not have many high-rise buildings.
Ms Tin Nyo, 67, from another township in Sagaing, said the earthquake
was the strongest she had ever felt.
“Although it happened over a short period, it was really rough,” she
Some in Yangon – Myanmar’s former capital and biggest city – who also
reported feeling tremors fled their multi-story apartment buildings in
The quake was also strongly felt across Bangladesh, which shares a
border with Myanmar.
More than 80 people in the country were injured, mostly in stampedes as
panicked residents fled their homes and offices, Channel 24 reported.
In the port city of Chittagong, some 200 km from the Myanmar border, at
least four buildings stood on a slant following the quake.
“Around 50 people were injured in the Chittagong city, including 24 who
were admitted to hospital with minor injuries. They were mostly injured
in stampedes,” the city’s police constable Imran Hossain told AFP.
Traffic ground to a halt in parts of the capital Dhaka as tens of
thousands of alarmed residents rushed into the streets.
In neighbouring India, tremors were felt in the north-eastern cities of
Kolkata, Shillong, Guwahati and Patnam.
In Kolkata, one of India’s largest cities, startled residents ran from
their houses after the trembling.
“I was inside, working and then suddenly I felt the ground shaking,”
local resident Chiranjeet Ghosh told television news channels.
“People started yelling ‘Something is happening, let’s get out!’ and we
immediately rushed out.”
“I came out and saw that everyone else around here had already evacuated
their homes and poured onto the streets.”
Residents in Kolkata reported seeing cracks appearing in buildings
following the quake, and the city’s metro was suspended for a few
Strong tremors were also felt in Tibet, with some residents of Lhasa out
on the streets, Chinese official news agency Xinhua said.
Earthquakes are relatively common in Myanmar, where six strong quakes of
7.0 magnitude or more struck between 1930 and 1956 near the Sagaing
Fault, which runs north to south through the centre of the country,
according to the USGS.
Myanmar has not seen a major quake since November 2012, when a powerful
6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the centre of the country, killing 26
people and injuring hundreds.
The impoverished Southeast Asian nation, which is emerging from decades
of military rule, has a strained medical system, especially in its rural
The breakneck pace of development in Myanmar’s cities, combined with
crumbling infrastructure and poor urban planning, has also made the
country’s most populous areas vulnerable to earthquakes and other
disasters, experts say.
In 2015, severe flooding swept across swaths of Myanmar, including the
region where Wednesday’s earthquake hit, leaving more than 100 people
dead and affecting thousands as rescuers struggled to reach isolated