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April 16, 2016 (23:58:37 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.8 Near the Coast of Ecuador

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred near the coast of Ecuador. According to a statement from the government, more than 1,550 people were injured, 235 dead, at least 370 buildings were destroyed and another 151 buildings and 26 schools were affected by the quake. The Pacific Tsunami Warning center issued a Tsunami Threat Message of possible waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above tide level for some Ecuadorian coasts.  There were preventative evacuations in coastal areas because of possible tsunami risks. 

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April 15, 2016 (16:25:06 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Japan

Three strong to major earthquakes have occurred in Japan, including two foreshocks of M 6.2 and M 6.0 on April 14th and a M 7.0 early Saturday morning local time.  The foreshocks caused severe shaking in the region and resulted in 9 reported fatalities and more than 1000 injuries.  Early reports indicate that 32 people have died in the M 7.0 earthquake.

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Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 13.7 MB / pdf 1.69 MB)

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March 2, 2016 (12:49:48 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.8 Indonesia

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake occurred 800 km off the west coast of southern Sumatra, Indonesia, as a result of strike ­slip faulting within the mantle lithosphere of the Indo-­Australia Plate. 

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11 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt 9.55 MB / pdf 1.33 MB)

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January 30, 2016 (03:25:10 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 Kamchatka, Russia

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake occurred on Saturday January 30, 2016 at a depth of 161 km (100 miles) beneath the Kamchatka Peninsula.  The epicenter was located 107 km (66 miles) north of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia.  Moderate to strong shaking was felt across the southern Kamchatka Peninsula.  There have been no reports of damage or injuries and the earthquake was too deep to displace the ocean floor and generate a tsunami.

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January 24, 2016 (10:30:30 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Southern Alaska

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake knocked items off shelves and walls in Alaska early Sunday. The earthquake was widely felt because it was close to Alaska’s population centers. There were no reports of injuries, but four homes were lost to natural gas explosions or fire following the earthquake.

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14 slide Powerpoint presentation (zipped ppt/animation 82.2 MB / pdf 1.1 MB)

En Español

Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 82.2 MB / pdf 1.06 MB)

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December 7, 2015 (07:50:06 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 Tajikistan

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred in Tajikistan in a sparsely populated area approximately 349km (217mi) E of the capital Dushanbe.  This earthquake shook buildings in cities in Afghanistan, Pakistan and India.

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December 4, 2015 (22:24:55 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 SE Indian Ridge

An unusual 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck in the southern Indian Ocean approximately 1022km (635 mi) ENE of Heard Island and McDonald Islands.  

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En Español

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November 24, 2015 (22:45:38 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.6 Peru

Two deep 7.6 magnitude earthquakes have shaken a sparsely populated jungle region near the Peru-Brazil border in southeast Peru. There were no immediate reports of injuries or damage.

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November 18, 2015 (18:31:04 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Solomon Islands

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck offshore in the Solomon Islands. The earthquake occurred 178 km (111 mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands at a depth of 13.4 km (8.3 mi), according to the US Geological Survey.

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Presentación en Español (zipped ppt 11.5 MB / pdf 737 kB)

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October 26, 2015 (09:09:32 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 Afghanistan

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred in the Hindu Kush mountains, in the sparsely populated province of Badakhshan, Afghanistan which borders Pakistan, Tajikistan and China. 

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