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December 11, 2018 (02:26:32 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 South Sandwich Islands

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake occurred at a depth of 164.7 km (102 miles) in the South Sandwich Islands, an uninhabited British territory off the coast of Argentina in the southern Atlantic Ocean.


December 5, 2018 (04:18:08 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 New Caledonia

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has occurred 168 km (104 mi) ESE of Tadine, New Caledonia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The earthquake triggered a tsunami alert and emergency evacuations across the region, but there were no reports of serious damage or injuries


November 30, 2018 (17:29:28 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Alaska

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred just before 8:30 am local time 8 miles north of Anchorage at a depth of 40.9 km (25.4 miles). There are reports of major infrastructure damage and damage to many homes and buildings. A tsunami warning was temporarily issued for coastal regions of Cook Inlet and the Southern Kenai Peninsula, but it has since been canceled.


October 10, 2018 (20:48:20 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.0 Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 7.0 earthquake occurred 117km east of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea at a depth of 40.3 km (25 miles).  There are no immediate reports of damage.


September 28, 2018 (10:02:43 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 Indonesia

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred 80.8 km (50.2 mi) north of Palu, Indonesia at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). This earthquake triggered a tsunami with wave heights up to 2 m (6.6 ft) that an official said swept away houses in at least two cities.


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