Afghanistan hit by third earthquake in a week

The US Geological Survey (USGS) says the magnitude 6.3 quake struck near the city of Herat. It was at a depth of 6.3km.

At least one person has died, according to local health authorities.

Another 100 are being treated for injuries in the regional hospital, the World Health Organisation said.

More than 90 percent of those who died in the earlier quakes were women and children, the UN's children agency Unicef said.

Morocco earthquake toll passes 2800 as rescuers search for survivors

Villagers wept for lost relatives in the rubble of their homes on Monday as the death toll from Morocco's deadliest earthquake in more than six decades rose to more than 2800 and rescuers raced against time to find survivors.

Search teams from Spain, Britain and Qatar were joining Moroccan rescue efforts after a 6.8 magnitude quake struck late on Friday in the High Atlas Mountains, with the epicentre 72km southwest of Marrakech.

No tsunami alert issued for Tonga

The US Geological Survey recorded the quake was a magnitude 6.9, just before 11:30pm Tongan time, 134km north-west of Neiafu.     

Magnitude 6.0 quake strikes in ocean south of Tonga

The quake, which struck at 7.16pm local time, was at a depth of 7.1km.

It was followed at 8.26pm by a magnitude 5.4 quake.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre did not issue any warnings for the quakes.


7.2-magnitude earthquake hits Pacific south of Tonga

The earthquake, which struck at 7:06 a.m. local time on Friday, was centered in the ocean about 281 kilometers (175 miles) southwest of Tonga, or about 735 kilometers (455 miles) southeast of Fiji.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 7.2. It struck about 167 kilometers (103 miles) below the seabed, making it a fairly deep quake.

“Based on the depth of the earthquake, a tsunami is not expected,” the U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement. No tsunami warnings have been issued.

Six killed after fresh earthquake hits Turkey-Syria border

Monday's quake, this time with a magnitude of 6.4, was centred near the southern Turkish city of Antakya and was felt in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon.

Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) said there had been 90 aftershocks. Six thousand tents were sent to the area overnight for residents alarmed by the new quake.

The Hatay provincial governor's building, already damaged in the 6 February quakes, collapsed in the latest tremor, television footage showed.

Fresh earthquake hits Turkey-Syria border two weeks after disaster

Reuters reports Monday's quake, this time with a magnitude of 6.4, was centred near the southern Turkish city of Antakya and was felt in Syria, Egypt and Lebanon.

It struck at a depth of 10 km, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

Hatay Mayor Lutfu Savas told HaberTurk broadcaster that he had received reports about some people stuck under rubble after the latest quake. Three people were killed and more than 200 injured, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said.

Nine wrestlers dead with fears for those trapped under rubble after Turkey earthquake

The earthquakes hit both countries on February 6, the first one reaching 7.8 in the magnitude scale, with second hitting 7.5.

About 40,000 people have so far been declared dead and rescuing forces remain searching for those who have still not been found reports InsidetheGames.

Amongst the destruction is the a training base for wrestlers in Turkey, with Turkish wrestling gold medallist Taha Akgul pleading for "urgent help".

But hope is fading that they will be alive. 

New Zealand earthquake upgraded to magnitude 6.3

The long, strong quake hit at 7.38pm, at a depth of 50km north-west of Paraparaumu.

More than 60,500 people indicated they felt it on the Geonet website, with about 40 percent of them saying it felt moderate or stronger.

RNZ reports GNS Science duty seismologist Jen Andrews said when earthquakes occurred at that depth, they tended to be very widely felt.

"The energy gets sort of pushed up and around very very efficiently by an event at this depth."

Earthquake tears apart a Turkish-British family

It is increasingly remote terrain, yet it feels so familiar - village after village bears the same devastating scars.

We stop at a small place we learn is called Ördekdede and stumble into a Turkish community where their dead now outnumber the living.

This is a grim new reality for so many dots of the map across the huge corridor of this region where the ground shook most violently.

The last people we expect to find among the survivors in this secluded spot - huddling around a fire, sipping tea - are two Londoners.