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Affected countries: Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq
Iran The 7.3 magnitude earthquake that hit Kermanshah Province, western Iran, on [12 October 2017], has so far claimed at least 407 lives and injured over 6,700 others. The epicenter of the quake was registered at 34.86 degrees latitude and 45.9 degrees longitude, at the depth of 11km, a shallow…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico
According to the [BBC], an 8.1-magnitude earthquake on the Richter Scale struck off the Pacific Coast of Mexico--around 87km (54 miles) south-west of Pijijiapan--at 23:50 local time on Thursday, 7 September 2017 (04:50 [GMT] Friday). A tsunami warning was issued for Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador,…
Affected countries: Philippines
On 6 July 2017, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake struck the Philippines. The earthquake had a depth of 6.49 kilometres; it had an epicentre located three kilometres north-northeast of Masarayao, Leyte. An estimated 371,680 people live within 15 kilometres of the epicentre. (WFP, 06 Jul 2017) As of 7…
Affected countries: Kyrgyzstan
On 3 May 2017, an earthquake of 5.9 magnitude occurred in northern and central-northern Tajikistan near the border with Kyrgyzstan (at a depth of 10 kms), with the epicenter being 120 kilometers away from the city of Batken and 192 kilometers from the city of Osh in southern Kyrgyzstan. Several…
Affected countries: Philippines
At 10:03 p.m. on 10 February 2017, a 6.7-magnitude earthquake with a depth of ten kilometres and an epicenter located near Surigao City caused loss of lives and damage to properties in the Caraga region, particularly in Surigao del Norte province. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and…
Affected countries: Solomon Islands
On 9 December 2016, a very strong undersea earthquake of magnitude 8.0 occurred at 4:39am local time about 62 kilometers west-southwest of Kirakira, Makira Ulawa Province in the Solomon Islands. Shaking was strongly felt in Makira, south of Malaita, north of Guadalcanal and in Rennel &…
Affected countries: Indonesia
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake has struck off Pidie Jaya district, province of Aceh in Sumatra Island, Indonesia, around 05:00h local time, on 7 December 2016, killing at least 90 people and damaging more than 200 houses. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake was centred 17 kilometres…
Affected countries: Uganda, United Republic of Tanzania
An earthquake of 5.9 magnitude hit North West Tanzania on Saturday 10th September, 2016, about 44 km from Bukoba town, on the western shore of Lake Victoria. Based on initial reports, the quake was shallow, occurring at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles). Shallow quakes generally tend to be more…
Affected countries: Peru
On 14 August, a 5.4 earthquake shook department of Arequipa, killing four people. Some 1,564 families are affected, 1,074 houses are inhabitable and 383 houses have collapsed. National and regional authorities are assisting affected people. The Government declared a 60-day state of emergency for…
Affected countries: Ecuador
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck northern Ecuador at 6:58 pm local time on 16 April 2016.(SNDGR, 19 Apr 2016) The UN, together with humanitarian partners, have launched an appeal for US$72.7 million to assist 350,000 of the most affected persons, for an initial 3-month period. (OCHA, 24 Apr 2016)…
Affected countries: China - Taiwan Province
Following a 6.4-magnitude earthquake that affected the city of Tainan near Kaohsiung city, Taiwan, the Taiwan Red Cross Organization (TRCO) has mounted an emergency response in support of ongoing efforts of the authorities. The shallow quake – with a depth of 10 kilometres – struck at 03:57h…
Affected countries: Tajikistan
As the result of the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that hit Gorno-Badakhshan on December 7, at least two people have been trapped and killed under the rock falls, and more than 14 have been injured. (RAPID, 9 Dec 2015) According to figures from the Committee of Emergency Situations, the number of…
Affected countries: Kyrgyzstan
An earthquake with 6.7 magnitude struck the Osh Province/Oblast of Kyrgyzstan on 17 November 2015, causing a wide range of damage in six districts of the province – Kara-Suu, Alay, Ozgon, Kara-Kulja, Aravan and Chong-Alay. The epicenter was registered in the Alai District. According to the…
Affected countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan
Around 13:40 local time (UTC +4:30) on 26 October 2015, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Badakhshan Province in the north-east region of Afghanistan. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake’s epicentre was 82 km southeast of Feyzabad in the Hindu Kush mountain range and 213 km in…
Affected countries: Chile
On 16 Sep 2015, a catastrophic earthquake hit the coast of Chile, causing some damage to buildings, but much of the impact due to 4.5m waves affecting Coquimbo. A tsunami will extend over the Pacific in the coming hours causing minor issues for some locations. (CEDIM, 17 Sep 2015) About 1 million…
Affected countries: Bangladesh, China, India, Nepal
On 25 April, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, with the epicenter in Lamjung District (north-west) of Kathmandu (OCHA, 26 Apr 2015) toppling office blocks and towers and killing thousands of people. The earthquake also caused extensive casualties and damage in India, China and Bangladesh…
Affected countries: China
On 3 Aug 2014 an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.1 at a depth of 12 km hit Longtoushan township in Ludian county in China's southwestern Yunnan province. As of 7 Aug, 615 people had been killed, 3,143 had been injured and 114 people were still missing. 230,000 had been relocated. Rescue teams…
Affected countries: Guatemala, Mexico
A 6.9-magnitude quake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico's Chiapas state near the border with Guatemala on 7 Jul 2014, killing three people in Mexico and two in Guatemala. In Mexico, 9,000 houses and several roads were damaged in 15 municipalities. (ECHO, 10 Jul 2014) In Guatemala, the…
Affected countries: Nicaragua
On 10 Apr 2014, a shallow 6.2-magnitude earthquake struck in Lago de Managua in Nicaragua's León department. Additional earthquakes were registered through 14 Apr. Two people were killed and more than 2,300 houses were damaged. (UNCT, 14 Apr 2014)
Affected countries: Chile, Ecuador, Peru
On 1 Apr 2014, a 8.2-magnitude earthquake occurred in the shallow depths near the Chilean coast, 95 km Northwest of Iquique. It was the largest in a sequence of earthquakes in northern Chile that started on 1 Jan 2014. A tsunami alert was issued for Chile, Peru and Ecuador, and later extended to…