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2006-10-17 09:35:00

HONOLULU -- Another massive earthquake could strike the Hawaiian isles at any time, but this weekend's 6.7 magnitude tremor does not signal an increase in ground-shaking activity, researchers said. Hawaii is always vulnerable to earthquakes, and temblors above 6.0 magnitude occur about once every decade, said Cecily Wolfe, a seismologist at the University of Hawaii. "You can't assume that just because one occurred yesterday, that we're not going to get another one later this week," Wolfe...

2006-08-27 20:40:00

By Simon Gardner PERALIYA, Sri Lanka -- In a small room up a rickety staircase in a tsunami-damaged building on Sri Lanka's south coast, Roshan Waduthantri sits glued to an earthquake warning Web site and monitors cable TV channels. "Look, there has been a quake in the Scotia Sea," he said, monitoring U.S. Geological Survey Web site www.usgs.gov. "We monitor all day and all night, and if there is a major earthquake, we tell the local community." More than 1- years have passed since a tsunami...

2006-08-15 00:10:00

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck eastern Indonesia in the Banda sea area on Tuesday, an official at the national earthquake center said, but there were no reports of damage or a tsunami. "There was a quake in Banda sea at 10:05 a.m. Jakarta time (0305 GMT)," said Fauzi at the Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (MGA). "There is no potential tsunami and also no damage." The U.S. Geological Survey put the earthquake's magnitude at a strong 6.1 and at a depth of 39 km (24...

2006-07-19 10:32:39

By Ed Davies PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - An aftershock in Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged region and a new tremor off the southwestern Java coast sowed fear on Wednesday as the toll from Monday's disaster climbed to 550. Rescuers pulled bodies from the debris and aid trickled into worst-hit Pangandaran town while a search continued for about 275 people still missing after the tsunami smashed into a 300-km (185 mile) stretch of coast along southern Java. A light aftershock that...

2006-07-19 08:14:43

By Ed Davies PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - An aftershock in Indonesia's tsunami-ravaged region and a new tremor off the southwestern Java coast sowed fear on Wednesday as the toll from Monday's disaster climbed to 550. Rescuers pulled bodies from the debris and aid trickled into worst-hit Pangandaran town while a search continued for about 275 people still missing after the tsunami smashed into a 300-km (185 mile) stretch of coast along southern Java. A light aftershock that...

2006-07-18 07:20:21

By Heru Asprihanto PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - The death toll rose swiftly toward 300 on Tuesday after a strong undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island. At least four non-Indonesians were among the dead, 131 people were missing and 34,013 people were displaced, officials said. No warnings had been reported ahead of the waves, which struck late Monday afternoon, despite regional efforts to establish...

2006-07-18 05:55:00

By Heru Asprihanto PANGANDARAN, Indonesia -- The death toll rose swiftly over 300 on Tuesday after a strong undersea earthquake triggered a tsunami that smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island. At least four non-Indonesians were among the dead, 131 people were missing and 34,013 people were displaced, officials said. No warnings had been reported ahead of the waves, which struck late Monday afternoon, despite regional efforts to establish early warning...

2006-07-18 03:28:40

By Heru Asprihanto PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 256 people were killed after a tsunami smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island, following a strong undersea earthquake, a Red Cross official said on Tuesday. At least four non-Indonesians were among the dead, 122 people were missing and 28,000 people were displaced, officials said. No warnings were reported ahead of the waves despite regional efforts to establish early warning systems after...

2006-07-17 23:57:08

By Heru Asprihanto PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - At least 230 people were killed after a tsunami smashed into fishing villages and resorts on Indonesia's Java island, following a strong undersea earthquake, rescue officials said on Tuesday. No warnings were reported despite efforts around the region to establish early warning systems after the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 230,000 people, including 170,000 in Indonesia. But many residents and tourists recognized the...

2006-07-17 16:14:59

By Heru Asprihanto PANGANDARAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - A tsunami triggered by a strong undersea earthquake off the coast of Indonesia's Java island on Monday killed 105 people, swept away buildings and damaged hundreds of fishing boats, officials and witnesses said. News of the disaster spread panic across a region still recovering from a tsunami less than two years ago in which nearly 230,000 people were killed or reported missing, mostly in Indonesia. But there were no reports of...


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