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.

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes east of Vanuatu

The US Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat for the islands of Guam, Rota, Tinian or Saipan from the offshore quake, which hit at a depth of 10 kilometers.

The nearest city, Port-Olry, was 95 kilometers away.

Earthquakes are common along the Pacific “Ring of Fire,” an arc of intense seismic activity that stretches through Southeast Asia and across the Pacific basin.

In May, an earthquake in Japan killed one person, injured dozens more and destroyed several buildings.

Vanuatu: A magnitude-5.3 offshore earthquake occurs southwest of Luganville July 10

The epicenter was about 38 km (23 miles) southwest of Loganville.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and light shaking was probably felt in parts of Vanuatu. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake, and significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Light aftershocks are likely over the coming days. The event has not prompted any tsunami advisories.

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes Vanuatu region - EMSC

The quake occurred at a depth of 156 km (97 miles), EMSC said. (Reporting by Gursimran Kaur in Bengaluru)     

Earthquake strikes near cyclone-hit Vanuatu

The quake was 86km west south west of Port-Olry and was 10km below the earth's surface, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. It struck just after 5am local time.

RNZ Pacific reports no tsunami warning was issued.

Cyclone Judy battered Vanuatu on Wednesday, cutting off telecommunication in parts of the nation, and just 24 hours later the country is preparing for a second cyclone.

A state of emergency was declared because of damage caused by the first storm.


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."