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Manila Earthquake:Earthquake Philippines Today March 25 2010 – Just moments ago a magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck the west of Manila according to the Seismological Institute of the Philippines.
The first reports that are coming in,claimed that the buildings of the capital shook for about thirty seconds pushing several employees to run out of their offices into the nearby streets. It was not immediately clear if there were any damage or casualties.The director of the institute, Renato Solidum said the seisme occurred at about 10km under the sea.
That’s all we have for now on Manila Earthquake.

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6.0-magnitude earthquake hits west of Manila

A 6.0—magnitude earthquake struck west of Manila on Thursday, the seismology institute reported, causing buildings in the Philippine capital to shake and sending frightened workers out of their offices.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties, and no tsunami alert was issued. Buildings in Manila shook for about 30 seconds.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology initially reported the tremor had a magnitude of 6.2, but lowered it to 6.0 after receiving more field data, said its director, Renato Solidum.

“Essentially, this would not trigger significant damage,” Mr. Solidum said.

Editha Vargaz of the Land Bank of Philippine’s risk management group said she and dozens of other colleagues climbed down the stairs to the street from the bank’s headquarters on the 31st floor of the 34—storey building.

“We were very calm,” she said, citing training from regular earthquake and fire evacuation drills.

However, there was panic among some employees in offices at the nearby 14—storey Ramon Magsaysay Centre, said Ralph Balmaceda, who works for a travel agency on the seventh floor.

While he and other staff hurried down the stairs, “most others were panicking and some even tried to shove others” to reach the street more quickly.

“It was scary because of the previous incidents in other countries,” said Balmaceda’s office mate Beth Rodriguez. “We thought it would be the same here also.”

Mr. Solidum said the quake was centred off Lubang Island in Mindoro Occidental province, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) southwest of Manila, six miles (10 kilometers) under the seabed.

The U.S. Geological Survey put the magnitude at 6.1 and depth at 21 miles (33 kilometers).

Lubang Island is near the southern end of the Manila Trench, a fault line about 560 miles (900 kilometers) long on the ocean floor under the South China Sea along the western flank of the Philippines’ main island of Luzon.

The Philippine archipelago lies in the so—called Pacific Ring of Fire where earthquakes are common. It is flanked by the Pacific Ocean to the east and the South China Sea to the west with undersea trenches – potential quake triggers – running alongside its coast on both sides.

The last major quake registered a magnitude 7.7 in 1990 and killed nearly 2,000 people on the main northern island of Luzon.

A 7.1—magnitude earthquake set off by a local fault near Lubang whipped up a tsunami that killed 78 people on Mindoro in 1994.

7-magnitude quake strikes Indonesia

An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale struck the eastern Indonesian islands on Sunday morning in North Maluku province, but there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, meteorologists said.

The quake took place at a depth of 56 km, 2,430 km north-east of Jakarta. It occurred at 7:57 a.m. Jakarta time (0627 IST), the Indonesian Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMG) said.

The BMG said the quake did not trigger a tsunami.

It was the latest in a series of earthquakes to jolt Indonesia in recent weeks. On Saturday, a moderate 6-magnitude quake jolted Manokwari in West Papua province, though it caused no casualties or damage.

A 7.6-magnitude quake struck in late September off the western coast of Sumatra, killing thousands and leaving hundreds injured.

A massive 9-magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami struck five years ago, leaving more than 170,000 people dead or missing in Indonesia’s Aceh province on the northern end of Sumatra and 500,000 people homeless.

Strong earthquake hits Taiwan; injuries reported

Damage from an early morning earthquake is seen in a home on Thursday in Taiwan

A powerful 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked southern Taiwan on Thursday, causing widespread damage and disrupting communications around the island. Local news reports said several people were injured.

The quake was centred in the county of Kaohsiung, and struck at a depth of about 3.1 miles (5 kilometres). Kaohsiung is about 249 miles (400 kilometres) south of the capital Taipei.

No tsunami alert was issued.

Kuo Kai-wen, director of the Central Weather Bureau’s Seismology Centre, said the Taiwan quake was not geologically related to the temblor that hit Chile over the weekend, killing more than 800 people.

In the southern Taiwanese city of Tainan, a fire broke out in a textile factory shortly after Thursday’s quake struck, sending huge plumes of black smoke billowing into the air. At least one train in southern Taiwan shifted slightly off its tracks, and authorities suspended service throughout the region. Subway service in the city of Kaohsiung was temporarily disrupted.

Power outages hit Taipei and at least one county to the south, and telephone service in some parts of Taiwan was spotty.

Buildings swayed in the capital when the quake struck.

The quake’s epicentre was near the town of Jiashian, in the same area where a devastating typhoon struck last August. A Kaohsiung county official told CTI TV news that some temporary housing in the town collapsed as a result of the quake.

The Ministry of Defence said troops were dispatched to Jiashian to report on damage.

CTI reported one person was moderately injured by falling debris in Kaohsiung, and one woman was hospitalized after a wall collapsed on her scooter in the southern city of Chiayi. Also in Chiayi, one person was hurt by a falling tree, government-owned Central News Agency said.

A spokesman for Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou said authorities had been instructed to follow the quake situation closely and take steps to mitigate damage and dislocation.

Earthquakes frequently rattle Taiwan but most are minor and cause little or no damage.

However, a 7.6-magnitude temblor in central Taiwan in 1999 killed more than 2,300 people. In 2006 a 6.7-magnitude quake south of Kaohsiung severed undersea cables and disrupted telephone and Internet service to millions throughout Asia.

Tsunami sweeps away entire town on Chilean coast

When the shaking stopped, Marioli Gatica and her extended family huddled in a circle on the floor of their seaside wooden home in this gritty port town, listening to the radio by a lantern’s light.

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A boat lies marooned on a street in Talcahuano, Chile.

They heard firefighters urging Talcahuano’s citizens to stay calm and stay inside. They heard nothing of a tsunami – until it slammed into their house with an unearthly roar about an hour after Saturday’s magnitude 8.8 quake.

Gatica’s house exploded with water. She and her family were swept below the surface, swirling amid loose ship containers and other massive debris that smashed buildings into oblivion all around them.

“We were sitting there one moment and the next I looked up into the water and saw cables and furniture floating,” Gatica said.

She clung to her 11-year-old daughter, Ninoska Elgueta, but the rush of water ripped the girl from her hands. Then the wave retreated as suddenly as it came.

Two of the giant containers crushed Gatica’s home. A third landed seaward of where she floated, preventing the retreating tsunami from dragging her and other relatives away.

Soon Ninoska was back in her mother’s arms – she had grabbed a tree branch to avoid being swept away and climbed down as soon as the sea receded.

Gatica’s son, husband and 76-year-old father were OK as well, as were her sister and her family. The only relative missing was her 76-year-old mother, Nery Valdebenito, Gatica said as she waited in a hundreds-long line outside a school to report her losses.

Chile minister says navy made mistake on tsunami

A man walks past a destroyed road in Talcahuano, Chile, on Sunday, following a devastating earthquake that occurred on Saturday

Chile’s defence minister said on Sunday that the navy made a mistake by not immediately issuing a tsunami warning after a mammoth earthquake, a step that could have helped coastal villagers flee to higher ground sooner.

Francisco Vidal said, however, that an alarm was later sounded by port captains. He said that saved hundreds if not thousands of lives.

“The navy committed an error in not alerting the tsunami,” Mr Vidal said at a news conference.

Immediately after Saturday’s magnitude-8.8 quake, President Michelle Bachelet played down the threat of a tsunami, saying large waves were expected but no tsunami.

However, several coastal communities were smashed into by what authorities later recognized were tsunami waves.

Mr Vidal said that fortunately the navy has an emergency plan that allows navy officials in each port to sound alarms automatically when a rise in the sea is observed without waiting for an order from above. In this case, port captains sounded an alarm alerting coastal populations.

“With this system, in spite of the diagnostic error, the people could be warned to head to the hills,” Mr Vidal said.

Thirty minutes passed between the quake and waves that inundated coastal towns.

Many of the more than 708 known dead from the quake were in Chile’s coastal regions swamped by the tsunami. Among those hit were San Juan Bautista village on Robinson Crusoe Island, the port of Talcahuano and Vichato in the BioBio region.

The surge of water raced across the Pacific, leading officials in 53 nations to post warnings. But the waves proved small as they moved past Hawaii and on to such places as Australia, Tonga, Japan and Russia.

Quake jolts North Pakistan, Afghanistan

A moderate earthquake has rattled northern Pakistan and Afghanistan but there are no reports of injuries or damage.

A Pakistani government meteorologist Qamar Zaman Chaudhry says the quake happened at 4:21 a.m. Pakistan time on Sunday (2321 GMT; 6:21 p.m. EDT on Saturday).

It was felt in northern Pakistan and in Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan.

The U.S. Geological Survey says it was a magnitude 5.7 quake, and was centred in the Hindu Kush mountains, 110 miles (175 kilometers) northeast of Kabul.