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May 4, 2018 (22:32:55 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 6.9 Big Island Hawaii

As Civil Defense grappled with eruptions from two fissures in the Leilani Estates subdivision that began yesterday (5/3), the Big Island was shaken by a widely felt 5.4 magnitude quake that was followed less than an hour later by this 5 km deep M 6.9 quake felt as far away as Oahu. No major damage has been reported, and no tsunami occurred during the M 6.9 event. Hawai`i Volcanoes National Park closed due to rock slides on trails and roads. 

February 25, 2018 (17:44:44 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.5 Papua New Guinea

A magnitude 7.5 earthquake occurred 33 kilometers (20 miles) southwest of Tari, Papua New Guinea, at a depth of 35 km (22 miles). Papua New Guinea is located on the eastern half of the island of New Guinea, to the east of Indonesia. It is home to about 7 million people.

February 16, 2018 (23:39:42 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.2 Oaxaca, Mexico

A magnitude 7.2 earthquake has occurred in Oaxaca, Mexico at a depth of 24.6 km (15 miles).  It was felt as far away as Guatemala. There have been no reported deaths directly linked to the earthquake.

January 23, 2018 (09:31:42 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.9 Alaska

A magnitude 7.9 earthquake occurred at 12:31 am local time 181 miles southeast of Kodiak at a depth of 25 km (15.5 miles). There are no immediate reports of damage or fatalities.  Light shaking from this earthquake was felt across southern Alaska. A tsunami alert activated emergency warnings along coastal Alaska, and roused much of the population to seek shelter or move from tsunami inundation zones. 

January 14, 2018 (09:18:45 UTC)

Quake Location

Magnitude 7.1 Peru

A magnitude 7.1 earthquake has occurred offshore Peru. The earthquake struck just after 4 a.m. local time and was centered near the coast of Peru, 40 km (25 miles) south-southwest of Acari, Peru at a depth of 36.3 km (22.5 miles). There are early reports of homes and roads collapsed leaving one dead and several dozen injured.

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