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December 29, 2020 (11:19:54 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 6.4 Croatia

A magnitude 6.4 earthquake occurred 3 km (2 miles) west-southwest of Petrinja, Croatia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The current death toll is seven, including a 12-year-old girl in Petrinja and six more fatalities in the surrounding areas. There are many injured and significant destruction in Petrinja, southeast of the capital Zagreb. The earthquake was felt throughout Croatia, as well as in neighboring Serbia, Bosnia, Herzegovina, and southern Austria.

October 30, 2020 (11:51:27 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Greece

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred in the Aegean Sea 62.9 km (39.1 miles) south southwest of İzmir, Turkey and 13 kilometers (8 miles) north northeast of the Greek island of Samos. Multiple deaths and injuries have been reported. Rescue operations are continuing. In Greece's island of Samos, two teenagers died. Buildings have been damaged in both countries. There are reports of at least 20 buildings destroyed in Izmir, Turkey, and reports of crushed cars. Some coastal towns have been flooded.

October 19, 2020 (20:54:40 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 Alaska

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred Monday afternoon local time off the Alaska Peninsula at a depth of 40.1 km, triggering a tsunami warning in the region that has since been downgraded to an advisory. Some schools were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of damage.

August 9, 2020 (12:07:37 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 5.1 North Carolina

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake occurred near Sparta, North Carolina (36.476°N 81.093°W) at a depth of 3.7 km. There are reports of minor injuries and damage.

July 22, 2020 (06:12:44 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.8 Alaska

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake occurred in Alaska near Simeonof Island at a depth of 28 km. There are no immediate reports of damage or fatalities.  A tsunami warning initially was issued for south Alaska and the Alaska Peninsula, but was canceled by early Wednesday.  Strong shaking was reported on the peninsula. Light to weak shaking was reported around Kodiak, about 300 miles northeast of the earthquake, and in Anchorage, about 530 miles northeast of the earthquake.

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