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Magnitude 7.5 earthquake hits Ecuador

Feb 22, 2019 - 9:06 PM

The US Geological Survey says the quake struck before dawn in Ecuador's eastern Amazon region 17 kilometers from the town of Montalvo near the border with Peru

IN PHOTOS: Iloilo City leads first nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 21, 2019 - 9:47 PM

Around 5,000 to 8,000 people in Iloilo participate in shake drills in their area

DUCK. Local army and police officials duck, cover and hold during a simulation at the Iloilo City Dinagyang Grandstand on Thursday, February 21, 2019. Photo by Rhick Albay/Rappler

NDRRMC to hold 1st nationwide earthquake drill for 2019

Feb 20, 2019 - 8:50 PM

The 1st Quarter Nationwide Simultaneous Earthquake Drill for 2019 is set for Thursday, February 21, at 2 pm

PREPARED. Kindergarden school children from the San Vicente Elementary School in UP Diliman in Quezon City participate in the school's regular earthquake drill aimed at keeping the kids ready and disaster prepared on February 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

The week in photos: February 2-8, 2019

Feb 10, 2019 - 12:08 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

NAKED RUNNERS. Members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity participate in the 42nd Oblation Run at the University of the Philippines, Diliman on February 8, 2019. Photo by Lisa David/Rappler

Strong magnitude 6.1 quake rocks western Indonesia

Feb 02, 2019 - 6:43 PM

The earthquake hit at a depth of 10 kilometers in the Mentawai island region in West Sumatra province, some 100 kilometers southeast of the town of Tuapejat and 200 kilometers south of the major port city of Padang

Magnitude 6.5 quake shakes Guatemala, Mexico

Feb 02, 2019 - 9:35 AM

This earthquake follows the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico that killed 465 people

Strong 6.1-magnitude earthquake hits off Indonesia

Jan 22, 2019 - 12:38 PM

The quake hits at a depth of 31 kilometers (19 miles) off Sumba island, some 150 kilometers west southwest of the city of Waingapu, according to the United States Geological Survey

DSWD continues Usman response, monitors Mindanao earthquake

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:38 PM

Food packs are distributed to passengers stranded at ports, while its office in Northern Mindanao remains on alert following the earthquake that struck Davao Oriental

Phivolcs lifts tsunami warnings in Mindanao

Dec 29, 2018 - 4:19 PM

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says minor sea level disturbances resulting from the magnitude 7.2 earthquake in Davao Oriental 'have largely passed'

Malacañang to Mindanao officials: Prepare for aftershocks, tsunami

Dec 29, 2018 - 3:42 PM

(UPDATED) 'The Palace urges local government units in Mindanao to closely monitor their respective areas of jurisdiction and take precautionary measures,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

QUAKE. A 7.2-magnitude earthquake strikes off east of Davao Oriental. Screenshot from USGS

Magnitude 7.2 earthquake rocks Davao Oriental

Dec 29, 2018 - 12:19 PM

(7th UPDATE) A tsunami threat is possible for parts of the Philippines and neighboring Indonesia, says monitor Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

QUAKE. A 7.1-magnitude earthquake strikes off east of Davao Oriental. Screenshot from Phivolcs

Magnitude 6.1 earthquake rocks Indonesia's Papua

Dec 16, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Officials are still assessing the impact of the earthquake

Powerful 7.5 quake off New Caledonia triggers tsunami but no damage

Dec 05, 2018 - 12:55 PM

(UPDATED) The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially warned surges of up to 10 feet could be expected and shallow quakes of that magnitude can be devastating

Deep 6.3-magnitude quake strikes eastern Indonesia

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:41 PM

The Indonesia disaster agency says the quake was felt weakly in Tiakur for about 3 to 5 seconds

Alaska hit by powerful earthquake, buildings damaged

Dec 01, 2018 - 10:54 AM

The 7.0-magnitude quake leaves several people wounded and many buildings damaged


More than 700 hurt in Iran earthquake

Nov 26, 2018 - 6:20 PM

The 6.4-magnitude earthquake is reportedly felt as far away as Baghdad in neighboring Iraq

Strong undersea earthquake off Fiji, but no tsunami

Nov 19, 2018 - 7:39 AM

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no tsunami threat from the tremor which occurred at 4:25 am Manila time

A month on, Indonesia's quake-tsunami hit city faces health crisis

Oct 27, 2018 - 1:06 PM

Aid groups say there has been an increase in cases of diarrhea and respiratory infection, while there are also suspected cases of mosquito-borne illnesses, including malaria and dengue fever

DISASTER. An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbouhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

6.8 magnitude earthquake causes Greek island damage, no injuries

Oct 26, 2018 - 9:26 AM

(UPDATED) The tremor is followed by over a dozen aftershocks, the national observatory in Athens says

4 earthquakes strike off Canada's west coast

Oct 22, 2018 - 3:53 PM

There are no initial reports of damage or injuries, and no tsunami warnings were issued

Indonesia drops disinfectant on quake-hit Palu

Oct 18, 2018 - 9:56 PM

Indonesia’s disaster mitigation agency says helicopters began dousing the areas with disinfectant to prevent flies, cockroaches, and rats from spreading disease

SPRAY. A helicopter operated by Indonesia's Disaster Management Agency sprays disinfectant to sterilize an area, affected by liquefaction due to the September 28 earthquake and where thousands are still feared buried, in Palu on October 18, 2018. Photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 billion in loans

Oct 14, 2018 - 2:59 PM

World Bank CEO Kristalina Georgieva says the funds could be used for reconstruction and the country's disaster resilience efforts

AFTERMATH. A man walks past vehicle wreckage as a collapsed mosque is seen in the background in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

UN chief tours tsunami-hit Indonesian city as survivors pray

Oct 12, 2018 - 9:07 PM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres toured Balaroa, where barely a vertical structure remained

Indonesian Muslims hold a mass prayer at Talise village in Palu on October 12, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami that hit the area. United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 12 visited the disaster-ravaged Indonesian city of Palu, where an earthquake and tsunami killed 2,000 people and left thousands more missing, presumed dead. YUSUF WAHIL / AFP

Indonesia calls off grim search for dead in quake-tsunami

Oct 11, 2018 - 2:35 PM

More than 2,000 bodies have been recovered since the twin disaster on Sulawesi island

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor salvages items from the debris of a house in Wani in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

3 dead, IMF summit shaken as strong earthquake hits Indonesia

Oct 11, 2018 - 8:03 AM

(UPDATED) Some attendees in Bali for the International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meetings this week evacuated their hotels as the quake shook the island

Winnie the Pooh brings laughter to Indonesian quake kids

Oct 09, 2018 - 3:03 PM

Volunteers are cheering up children across Palu with songs and games as the youngsters come to grips with a city hollowed out and twisted by nature.

WINNIE THE POOH. Indonesian children hug a Winnie the Pooh character as they attend a trauma healing program at a shelter in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 8, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Monuments to remember dead and missing in quake-ravaged Indonesia

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:00 AM

Memorials will be erected at Balaroa, Petobo and Jono Oge outside Palu where liquefaction engulfed entire villages

An aerial view shows the earthquake and tsunami devasted neighbourhood in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018. The death toll from the Indonesian quake-tsunami nearly doubled to 832 but was expected to rise further after a disaster that has left the island of Sulawesi reeling. / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

More bodies found as death toll from Indonesia earthquake nears 2000

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:07 AM

The death toll from the twin disaster on Sulawesi island that erased whole suburbs in Palu has reached 1,944, says local military spokesman M. Thohir.

THE DEAD OF PALU. People attempt to identify the bodies of their relatives at the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following a strong earthquake in the area. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

5,000 believed missing from Indonesia earthquake, tsunami

Oct 07, 2018 - 6:23 PM

Indonesia's disaster agency said they have recovered 1,763 bodies so far from the 7.5-magnitude and subsequent tsunami

SEARCHING. A quake survivor looks for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

At least 11 dead in Haiti earthquake

Oct 07, 2018 - 12:44 PM

(2nd UPDATE) Government spokesman Eddy Jackson Alexis says a disaster response task force has been set up after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck just off the northwest coast of Haiti late Saturday, October 6

Children born aboard floating hospital in quake aftermath

Oct 06, 2018 - 7:06 PM

A miracle arrives out of the blue in devastated Palu port – the KRI Dr Soeharso, an Indonesian naval ship, kitted out with a top-rate medical clinic

BIRTH. Indonesian Dinar, 38-year-old, tends to her newborn baby named after the KRI floating hospital Dian Suharsi On the floating hospital in Pantoloan on October 6, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Disease fears as more bodies found in Indonesia disaster

Oct 06, 2018 - 5:32 PM

There are fears that vast numbers of decomposing bodies could still be buried beneath Petobo and Balaroa – two areas virtually wiped off the map

WIPED. Mass graves were being readied on October 1, 2018 for hundreds of victims of the Indonesian quake and tsunami as authorities battled to stave off disease and reach desperate people still trapped under shattered buildings. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Last-ditch search for survivors as Indonesia disaster toll tops 1,500

Oct 05, 2018 - 2:15 PM

After days of delays, international aid has finally started to arrive in the disaster zone, where the UN says almost 200,000 people are in need of humanitarian assistance

AFTERMATH. A quake survivor searches for salvageable items from the debris of a factory complex in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 3, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

DFA finds missing Filipino inmate after Indonesia earthquake

Oct 04, 2018 - 6:25 PM

A native of Sulu, the Filipino inmate says he 'had permission from the warden...to seek refuge at his friend's place after the prison wall collapsed'

Indonesia earthquake: Cancer-stricken disaster spokesperson battles on

Oct 04, 2018 - 4:26 PM

'Illness or death is in God's hands, but while I'm still alive I still want to do my best to serve others,' says Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, who has Stage IV lung cancer

UPDATES. This photo taken on October 2, 2018 shows Indonesia's disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho (R) addressing the media during a press conference in Jakarta on the latest updates following the powerful earthquake and tsunami which hit Central Sulawesi. Photo by Goh Chai Hin/AFP

Indonesia earthquake: Kids traumatized as rescuers race against clock

Oct 04, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) According to Save the Children, many youngsters are sleeping on the streets among ruins in Palu, and authorities urgently need to identify and reunite them with their relatives

REFUGE. Children pose in front of a tent on a field of a mosque where they took refuge in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. File photo by Jewel Samad/AFP

Indonesian soldiers ordered to fire on looters in disaster zone

Oct 03, 2018 - 10:27 PM

An official of the local military says soldiers had now been given orders to shoot people spotted stealing from shops

Indonesian soldiers bury quake victims in a mass grave in Poboya in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on October 2, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. The Indonesian government on October 2 said the death toll from a devastating quake-tsunami on the island of Sulawesi had risen to 1,234 people, up from the previous count of 844. / AFP PHOTO / JEWEL SAMAD

Why Indonesia's tsunamis are so deadly

Oct 03, 2018 - 5:33 PM

A combination of plate tectonic in the region, the shape of the coastline, vulnerable communities, and a less-than-robust early warning system all combine to make Indonesian tsunamis especially dangerous

DEADLY DISASTER. A man carries the body of a child after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

Indonesia's Mount Soputan erupts on tsunami-hit island

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:57 PM

The state disaster agency warns people to stay at least 4 kilometers away but says there is no need to evacuate for the time being

MOUNT SOPUTAN. This handout picture taken and released on October 3, 2018 by Indonesia's National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB) shows Soputan volcano erupting ash up to 4,000 metres above the crater, as seen from Pinabetengan in Southeast Minahasa, North Sulawesi Province. AFP PHOTO / National Agency for Disaster Management (BNPB)

Indonesia tsunami worsened by shape of Palu bay – scientists

Oct 03, 2018 - 2:18 PM

Experts say at least 3 factors caused the deadly waves that ravaged the Indonesian city of Palu

AFTERMATH. Residents trying to salvage belongings from their homes which collapsed after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. File photo by Muhammad Rifki/AFP

U.N. says needs are 'vast' in Indonesia as toll nears 1,400

Oct 03, 2018 - 11:29 AM

Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured

HELP NEEDED. Earthquake-affected people wait for an evacuation flight by the Indonesian military at the airport in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. File photo by Adek Berry/AFP

3 Filipino missionaries safe after latest Indonesia earthquake

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:11 PM

In an earlier earthquake, a Filipino detainee 'is reported to have joined the mass jailbreak after the prison was damaged,' says the Department of Foreign Affairs

Indonesia clamps down on looting as death toll tops 1,200

Oct 02, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Almost 200,000 people are in need of urgent help, among them thousands of children, says the UN

LOOTING. People loot a convenience store in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on September 30, 2018, after a strong earthquake trigered a tsunami that struck the area. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Twin earthquakes send residents fleeing on Indonesia's Sumba

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:40 AM

There are no immediate reports of serious damage

Dozens of students found dead as Indonesia rescue ramps up

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:15 AM

(UPDATED) Survivors are battling thirst and hunger, with food and clean water in short supply, and local hospitals are overwhelmed by the number of injured

MASS GRAVE. Officials carry body bags into a mass grave ahead of a mass funeral for quake victims in Palu, in Central Sulawesi, on October 1, 2018, after an earthquake and tsunami hit the area on September 28. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Filipino detainee missing after Indonesia earthquake, tsunami

Oct 01, 2018 - 2:20 PM

The Filipino detainee, earlier reported by the Department of Foreign Affairs as safe, is among 800 prisoners 'now missing,' says Consul General Oscar Orcine

A man (L) walks past vehicle wreckage as a collapsed mosque is seen in the background in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following the September 28 earthquake and tsunami. The death toll from a powerful earthquake and tsunami in Indonesia leapt to 832 on September 30, as stunned people on the stricken island of Sulawesi struggled to find food and water and looting spread. / AFP PHOTO / ADEK BERRY

Quake-hit Indonesia asks for help, graves dug for 1,000-plus

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:59 PM

President Joko Widodo opens the door to the dozens of international aid agencies and NGOs lined up to provide live-saving assistance.

AFTERMATH. This picture taken on September 29, 2018 shows residents looking at covered up bodies recovered after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu, on Sulawesi island. Photo by Ola Gondronk/AFP

IN PHOTOS: Death and destruction in Sulawesi

Oct 01, 2018 - 12:47 PM

The powerful Indonesia earthquake-tsunami killed more than 800 people

EDITORS NOTE: Graphic content / People attempt to identify the bodies of their relatives at the compounds of a police hospital in Palu, Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, following a strong earthquake. Photo by Baty Ismoyo/AFP

Indonesians turn to Facebook in desperate hunt for loved ones

Sep 30, 2018 - 4:53 PM

Families are posting photos, descriptions of lost family members, and contact numbers in the hope of learning more

RUBBLE. A policeman stands over the rubble of a ten-storey hotel in Palu in Indonesia's Central Sulawesi on September 30, 2018, after it collapsed following a strong earthquake in the area. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Mass burials to begin as Indonesia death toll tops 800

Sep 30, 2018 - 11:23 AM

(5th UPDATE) As shattered survivors scoured make-shift morgues for loved ones, and authorities struggled to dig out the living or assess the scale of the devastation beyond the city of Palu, grim warnings come that the eventual toll could reach thousands

AFTERMATH. Residents look at covered up bodies recovered after an earthquake and tsunami hit Palu on Sulawesi island on September 29, 2018. Photo by Ola Gondronk/AFP