Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

Central Chile was rocked Wednesday evening by an 8.3 magnitude quake that killed at least fifteen people, injured dozens of others and caused widespread damage from its shaking and subsequent tsunamis.

Large waves surged into coastal towns minutes after the initial temblor struck 140 miles north of Santiago at 7:54 p.m. local time.

Strong aftershocks roiled the Pacific and caused further shaking onshore for hours following what was one of the world’s strongest earthquakes so far this year.

The largest tsunami was 16 feet in height and caused significant damage when it swamped the downtown area of Coquimbo.

While a Pacific-wide tsunami alert was issued following the first quake, there were only minor fluctuations in sea level reported as far away as New Zealand.

In 2010, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake in central-southern Chile triggered a massive tsunami and left more than 500 people dead from the ocean surge and shaking onshore.

Tahiti tsunami warning map

6.3 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.7 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.1 Earthquake hits offshore Valparaiso, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.4 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.3 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.6 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.2 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits offshore Coquimbo, Chile.

7.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Coquimbo, Chile.

5.0 Earthquake hits Hokkaido, Japan.

5.0 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

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Earthquakes

Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global

6.9 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

A tsunami has been observed as earthquakes with a preliminary magnitude of 6.9 and 5.8 struck the Pacific off northeastern Japan on Tuesday. “A 20-centimetre wave was observed at Kuji port in Iwate roughly an hour later and a 10-cm wave in Miyako,” the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) said. Evacuation orders were issued for residents in coastal districts of Kuji and the town of Otsuchi, and evacuation advisories for the cities of Ofunato and Rikuzentakata as well as Kamaishi. “The quake was believed to be an aftershock of the 9.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011,” the meteorological agency said. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

Tohoku Electric Power Co and Tokyo Electric Power Co, both of which operate nearby nuclear plants, reported no irregularities at their facilities after the quake. Unlisted Japan Nuclear Fuel Ltd also said there were no irregularities recorded at its nuclear fuel reprocessing facility or other plants in Aomori. All 48 of Japan’s nuclear reactors remain offline after a March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the Fukushima nuclear disaster in north-east Japan.

6.7 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.8 Earthquake hits near the east coast of Honshu, Japan.

5.4 Earthquake hits the South Sandwich Islands.

5.2 Earthquake hits off the east coast of North Island, New Zealand.

5.2 Earthquake hits the Molucca Sea.