Huge aftershock sends families fleeing in Chile

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A powerful aftershock hit northern Chile late Wednesday, sending fearful residents onto the streets or up nearby hills just a day after a 8.2-magnitude earthquake triggered tsunami alerts and mass evacuations.

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Earthquake defense: How building rules saved lives in Chile

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Strict building regulations enforced due to Chile’s history of violent seismology have been credited with minimizing the death toll in the wake of Tuesday’s magnitude-8.2 earthquake.

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'Destructive' Chile earthquake kills five, forces evacuations
A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile late Tuesday near the port city of Iquique, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — killing five, injuring three, and triggering tsunami warnings for a long arm of Latin America’s Pacific coast.


'Destructive' earthquake strikes off Chile coast, USGS reports

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A massive earthquake struck off the coast of Chile late Tuesday near the port city of Iquique, according to the U.S. Geological Survey — prompting evacuation orders and a tsunami warning for a long arm of Latin America’s Pacific coast.

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Experts in Chile fear catastrophe as 300 quakes hit in one week

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Chile’s northern coast has been hit by more than 300 earthquakes in the past week in what seismologists warned Tuesday could be the precursor to a long-overdue disaster.

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At least 82 dead, churches destroyed as 7.2 earthquake hits Philippines

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A magnitude-7.2 earthquake struck in the central Philippines on Tuesday morning, killing 82 people and severely damaging some of the country’s most hallowed churches, authorities said.

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Rescuers struggle to reach China quake zone after hundreds killed, thousands injured

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LUSHAN, China - Rescuers struggled to reach a remote corner of southwestern China on Sunday as the toll of the dead and missing from the country’s worst earthquake in three years climbed to 203 with more than 11,000 injured.

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Quake kills more than 150, injures about 5,500 in China

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BEIJING - A strong 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit a remote, mostly rural and mountainous area of southwestern China’s Sichuan province on Saturday, killing at least 156 people and injuring about 5,500 close to where a big quake killed almost 70,000 people in 2008.

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19 miners saved after earthquake traps them deep underground

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POLKOWICE, Poland — Nineteen miners were pulled alive and well from a copper mine in southern Poland on Wednesday after a small earthquake trapped them almost 2,000 feet below the surface late Tuesday.

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At least 5 killed as South Pacific quake triggers 3-foot tsunami

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At least five people have been killed after a strong earthquake in the South Pacific generated a 3-foot tsunami, according to the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center and local news reports. 

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake — with a preliminary magnitude of 8.0 — struck Wednesday in the Santa Cruz Islands at a depth of about 3 miles. The Santa Cruz Islands are scarcely populated and are part of the Solomon Islands.

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Large earthquake strikes off Alaska coast, prompting tsunami warnings

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Alaska near midnight on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, prompting tsunami warnings and advisories down the coast of Alaska and Canada’s British Columbia.

All tsunami warnings, watches and advisories were later canceled, the West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center (of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) said.

4.3-magnitude earthquake rattles eastern Kentucky

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A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck eight miles west of Whitesburg, Ky., early Saturday afternoon, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

There were no immediate reports of damage in the eastern Kentucky area, but the quake was felt from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Atlanta, Ga., USGS geophysicist Paul Caruso in Denver told NBC News.

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Quakes in southwest China kill dozens, damage 20,000 homes

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BEIJING — Two shallow 5.6 magnitude earthquakes hit mountainous southwestern China on Friday, killing at least 64 people and forcing tens of thousands of people from damaged buildings, state media said.

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Major earthquake in Costa Rica kills at least two people

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Two people were killed, one of them from a heart attack, when a major earthquake hit northwestern Costa Rica on Wednesday, the Red Cross said. Earlier reports said two people were missing and two others suffered minor injuries, but the Red Cross said those numbers could rise as damage assessment teams reached more areas.

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