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The history of disasters

It's easy to judge the Pompeiians for building a city on the foothills of a volcano, but are we really any smarter today? If you live along the San Andreas fault in San Francisco or Los Angeles, geologists are pretty confident you're going to experience a magnitude 8 (or larger) earthquake in the next 25 years—that's about the same size as the 1906 San Francisco quake that killed an estimated 3,000 people and destroyed nearly 30,000 buildings. Or if you're one of the 9.6 million residents of Jakarta, Indonesia, you might have noticed that parts of the ground are sinking by as much as ten inches a year, with about 40 percent of the city now below sea level.

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Earthquake of magnitude 6.3 strikes near Mindanao, Philippines: USGS

September 07, 2020 12:01 AM

MANILA (REUTERS) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 struck 82km east-northeast of General Santos in Mindanao, the Philippines, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said on Sunday (Sept 6).

Magnitude 6.8 quake strikes southern Sumatra, Indonesia

August 19, 2020 7:27 AM

BENGKULU (REUTERS, XINHUA) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck southern Sumatra in Indonesia on Wednesday (Aug 19), the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

'Overstated magnitude' caused quake alert that set Tokyo on edge

July 30, 2020 3:22 PM

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - Tokyo residents were rattled on Thursday (July 30) morning after an alert broadcast to smartphones across the capital warned of an impending magnitude 7.3 earthquake about to hit the capital - only for no quake to arrive.

Shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.4 strikes in China, 280km from Hotan: USGS

June 26, 2020 5:50 AM

BEIJING (REUTERS) - A shallow earthquake of magnitude 6.4 struck 279km south-east of Hotan in China on Friday (June 26), the US Geological Survey said.

Magnitude 4.8 quake jolts Tokyo region, poses no tsunami threat

April 26, 2020 10:11 AM

TOKYO (BLOOMBERG) - A magnitude 4.8 earthquake hit Ibaraki, north of Tokyo, at 9.49am on Sunday (April 26), shaking buildings in the capital.

5.0-magnitude quake hits 188 km south of Sarangani, Philippines: USGS

April 13, 2020 3:25 PM

HONG KONG (XINHUA) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 jolted the region 188 km south of Sarangani province in the Philippines at 0644 GMT on Monday (April 13), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

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