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Japan PM Abe visits quake-hit Hokkaido as toll rises to 42

Sep 09, 2018 - 8:20 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the government will release 540 million yen ($4.9 million) from a reserve fund for the disaster

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Sep 08, 2018 - 8:00 PM

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ABORTION HEARING. Women dressed as characters from the novel-turned-TV series "The Handmaid's Tale" stand in an elevator at the Hart Senate Office Building as Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh starts the first day of his confirmation hearing in front of the US Senate on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on September 4, 2018. Photo by Jim Watson/AFP

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake strikes off Davao Oriental

Sep 08, 2018 - 4:05 PM

(UPDATED) Phivolcs says damage is expected from the earthquake, as well as aftershocks

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Ecuador hit by 6.2 magnitude earthquake – USGS

Sep 07, 2018 - 6:40 PM

The quake hit at 9:12 pm local time (0212 GMT on Friday) at a depth of 93.5 kilometers, near the center of the South American country. It was felt across several provinces, according to Twitter users.

Japan toll rises to 35 after powerful quake

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:36 AM

(4th UPDATE) Around 5 people are still unaccounted for in the small northern countryside town of Atsuma

AFTERMATH. This picture shows an aerial view of houses damaged by a landslide in Atsuma town, Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018, after an earthquake hit the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Japan quake, landslides leave at least 8 dead

Sep 06, 2018 - 8:25 AM

(UPDATED) Around 3 million homes have lost power after the quake damaged a major thermal plant supplying the region

AFTERMATH. Police and rescue workers search for survivors from a house that was damaged by a landslide caused by an earthquake in Atsuma town in Hokkaido prefecture on September 6, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

Powerful 6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Japan's Hokkaido island – USGS

Sep 06, 2018 - 4:03 AM

The relatively shallow quake strikes 62 kilometers (39 miles) southeast of the regional capital Sapporo

Tsunami warning for 3 Pacific islands after earthquake

Aug 29, 2018 - 3:24 PM

After the 7.1 magnitude quake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia, 'waves reaching 0.3 to 1 meter above the tide level are possible,' says the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Strong 6.2 magnitude earthquake strikes off eastern Indonesia

Aug 28, 2018 - 4:47 PM

The offshore tremor strikes at a shallow depth of 8 kilometers (5 miles), about 100 kilometers southeast of Kupang on the Indonesian portion of Timor island, the USGS said

2 dead, 255 injured in 6-magnitude earthquake in western Iran – officials

Aug 26, 2018 - 1:06 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake casualties include a pregnant woman and a 70-year-old man, who died of a heart attack

Locator map of Iran

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Aug 25, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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INNOCENCE. Young Rohingya refugees enjoy ride in a traditional wooden ferris wheel during Eid Al-Adha festival celebrations at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia district near Cox's Bazar on August 23, 2018. Photo by Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP

7.1-magnitude earthquake hits Peru-Brazil border – USGS

Aug 24, 2018 - 6:58 PM

(UPDATED) The earthquake hits at a depth of 609 kilometers on Peru's eastern frontier with Brazil

Indonesian earthquake death toll reaches 555

Aug 24, 2018 - 12:48 PM

Some 390,000 people remain displaced after the quakes

AFTERMATH. Residents check on their collapsed homes in the village of Sembalun on Indonesia's Lombok island on August 20, 2018 after a series of earthquakes were recorded by seismologists throughout August 19. AFP file photo

Panic but no injuries as Venezuela hit by 7.3 magnitude earthquake

Aug 22, 2018 - 5:40 PM

The tremor was an added headache for a country whose economy is unraveling amid hyperinflation and widespread grassroots anger with the leftist government.

EARTHQUAKE. People wait in the streets after evacuating buildings in Caracas on August 21, 2018 following a 7.0-magnitude earthquake that struck in the Venezuelan northeastern state of Sucre according to the US Geological Survey.  Photo by Federico Parra/AFP

Multiple earthquakes rock Indonesia's Lombok island, 10 dead

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:48 AM

(5th UPDATE) Aid agencies vow to boost humanitarian assistance on the island as devastated residents struggled in makeshift displacement camps

NEW QUAKE. The 6.3 earthquake happens two weeks after a shallow 6.9-magnitude quake on August 5 levelled tens of thousands of homes, mosques and businesses across Lombok. File Photo from AFP/Indonesian military

Strong earthquake hits off Fiji, no tsunami threat

Aug 19, 2018 - 12:24 PM

The government's Seismology Unit says the earthquake 'does not pose any immediate threat to the Fiji region due to its deep depth'

Locator map of Fiji

Indonesia earthquake death toll tops 400 as more bodies recovered

Aug 13, 2018 - 5:26 PM

The total number killed in the quake is now 436, with more than 1,300 injured and nearly 353,000 displaced

EARTHQUAKE. Two residents look on as damaged houses are being destroyed by workers using an excavator after an earthquake hit the area of Gangga on August 12, 2018. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

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Aug 11, 2018 - 7:30 PM

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NO TO WAR. An Indian student wearing a mask poses with her hands painted with a slogans for peace during a rally to mark Hiroshima Day in Mumbai on August 6, 2018. Photo by Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Death toll from Indonesia quake tops 380

Aug 11, 2018 - 3:44 PM

6 days after the quake hit, some evacuees have still not received assistance, particularly in the mountainous north of the island

AFTERMATH. A man walks through rubble of buildings on Gili Air island, West Nusa Tenggara on August 11, 2018, following the August 5 earthquake on the Indonesian island of Lombok. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Aftershocks rock Indonesia's Lombok as earthquake death toll jumps to 319

Aug 09, 2018 - 2:46 PM

(UPDATED) Survivors of the earthquake are also being shaken by hundreds of aftershocks, including a shallow 5.9-magnitude quake on Thursday, which caused people to flee evacuation shelters crying and screaming

Indonesia quake toll jumps to 164, survivors wait for aid

Aug 09, 2018 - 1:20 PM

'There are still some evacuees that have not yet been touched by aid, especially in North Lombok and West Lombok,' says national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho

HELP NEEDED. Young earthquake survivors study at an evacuation center in Lapangan Tanjung in North Lombok on West Nusa Tenggara province on August 8, 2018, 3 days after an earthquake hit the area. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Lombok earthquake leaves 156,000 homeless as death toll hits 131

Aug 08, 2018 - 12:54 PM

(UPDATED) Around 1,477 people are severely injured, with tens of thousands of homes damaged. Authorities say the death toll of 131 is likely to rise.

BONFIRE. Displaced residents sit around a bonfire outside their temporary tents in Pemenang, northern Lombok in West Nusa Tenggara province on August 7, 2018, two days after the area was struck by an earthquake. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Tourist exodus from Lombok as quake toll hits 98

Aug 06, 2018 - 9:03 PM

(UPDATED) More than 20,000 people are believed to have been made homeless on Lombok island, with 236 severely injured

AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE. This handout picture taken on August 6, 2018 and released by Indonesia Water Police shows hundreds of people attempting to leave Gili Trawangan, north of neighboring Lombok island, a day after a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck the area. Handout photo by Indonesia Water Police/AFP

Indonesia evacuates tourists after Lombok earthquake kills 91

Aug 05, 2018 - 9:28 PM

(4th UPDATE) The US Geological Survey says the shallow quake hit northern Lombok just 10 kilometers underground and followed by two further secondary quakes and nearly two dozen aftershocks

TEMBLOR. Bikes are seen covered in debris at a mall in Bali's capital Denpasar on August 5, 2018 after a major earthquake rocked the neighboring Lombok island. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Strong quake kills 14, injures scores, on Indonesia holiday island

Jul 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

(5th UPDATE) The 6.4-magnitude quake hit tourist island Lombok in southeastern Indonesia

HOMELESS. This handout photograph taken on July 29, 2018 and released by the Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPBD) shows an Indonesian family looking at the ruins of a house following an earthquake in Lombok. Handout photo/Nusa Tenggara Barat Disaster Mitigation Agency/AFP

CHECKLIST: What cities and municipalities should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 28, 2018 - 4:08 PM

Every city and municipality should be equipped with the knowledge and skills needed when dealing with earthquakes and other major disasters

#MMShakeDrill 2018 still 'far from perfect' – MMDA officials

Jul 20, 2018 - 10:53 PM

The fourth #MMShakeDrill ends with an 85/100 rating from MMDA General Manager Jojo Garcia and with many lessons learned for improvement

MMDA employees line up by quadrants outside the MMDA building. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

MMDA's #MMShakeDrill: How everything worked

Jul 19, 2018 - 11:10 PM

With such a herculean task of keeping the drill under wraps, how did the #MMShakeDrill fare in pulling off its grand surprise?

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection-Special Rescue Unit (BFP-SRU) search for mock victims while a nurse apply first aid to others inside the Manila City Hall as they participate in the Metro Manila Shake Drill on July 19, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Metro Manila prepares for the ‘Big One’

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:19 PM

The MMDA's earthquake drill to prepare for 'The Big One' occurs at 1pm, one hour after a text blast is sent to get people ready for the exercise

Quezon City Hall employees join the 4th Nationwide "Shake Drill" on Thursday, July 19, 2018, during the National Disaster Resilience Month with the Theme " Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makamtan Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kahandaan" The shake drill was conducted in surprise to make it truthfully. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Jolted netizens liken #MMShakeDrill phone alarm to 'The Purge' siren

Jul 19, 2018 - 6:11 PM

(UPDATED) 'Do not panic? Eh mas nagpanic pa ako doon sa alarm sound, muntik ko pa itapon phone ko,' says one irate netizen

MMDA, NTC to announce #MMShakeDrill via SMS alert

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:48 PM

MMDA says the annual earthquake drill, dubbed online as the #MMShakeDrill, will push through on the third week of June, rain or shine

The Pasay City government simulates disaster and response drill during the #MMShakeDrill on July 14, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jul 17, 2018 - 12:06 PM

This is the 10th city-wide earthquake drill and second terror simulation of Pasig City

IN PHOTOS: Pasig holds 10th citywide earthquake drill

Jul 16, 2018 - 9:36 PM

Pasig City preps its citizens through realistic simulation exercises in its 10th annual citywide earthquake drill

Pasig citywide earthquake drill. Photo by Samantha Bagayas/Rappler

CHECKLIST: What barangays should prepare for an earthquake

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:02 AM

If a 7.2-magnitude earthquake hits your local community, is it ready for the worst-case scenario?

Date of #MMShakeDrill 2018 will not be announced – MMDA

Jul 14, 2018 - 7:49 AM

The exact date of this year's #MMShakeDrill would not be revealed to the public and responders ahead of time so everyone 'must be prepared at all times,' says the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority

#MMSHAKEDRILL. According to MMDA, the annual earthquake drill may happen any day within the third week of June. Photo by Angie De Silva/Rappler

5.9-magnitude quake felt in Tokyo, no tsunami warning

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:22 PM

Japan's meteorological agency says no tsunami warning was issued

CHECKLIST: What should households prepare for an earthquake

Jul 07, 2018 - 9:08 AM

How are your families preparing for a major disaster?

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Sarangani

Jul 03, 2018 - 7:05 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes off Batangas

Jul 03, 2018 - 1:25 PM

Phivolcs says no damage is expected from the earthquake on Tuesday, July 3, but there will be aftershocks

The week in photos: June 16-22, 2018

Jun 23, 2018 - 12:53 PM

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

A 4-year-old Honduran girl carries a doll while walking with her immigrant mother, both released from detention through the "catch and release" policy, from a Catholic Charities relief center to a nearby bus station on June 17, 2018 in McAllen, Texas."Catch and release" is a pro Photo by Loren Elliott/AFP

IN PHOTOS: NDRRMC, LGUs hold 2nd nationwide earthquake drill

Jun 21, 2018 - 7:29 PM

Local drills are conducted nationwide through the Regional DRRM Councils

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

No Filipinos hurt after strong earthquake in Osaka, Japan – DFA

Jun 18, 2018 - 2:48 PM

'We express our condolences to the government of Japan over the loss of lives in this morning's earthquake in the Kansai Region,' says Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano after a magnitude-5.3 earthquake in Osaka, Japan

OSAKA EARTHQUAKE. Police check a collapsed road following an earthquake in Takatsuki, north of Osaka prefecture on June 18, 2018. Photo by STR/Jiji Press/AFP

Three dead, 200 hurt as strong quake jolts Japan's Osaka

Jun 18, 2018 - 7:59 AM

(5th UPDATE) Among the casualties is a 9-year-old girl who died in the city of Takatsuki, north of Osaka city, reportedly trapped by a collapsed wall following the 5.3-magnitude quake

WALKING BACK. Passengers from a train walk along railroad tracks following an earthquake in Osaka on June 18, 2018. Photo by Jiji Press/AFP

China marks 10th anniversary of devastating earthquake

May 12, 2018 - 6:12 PM

With no live broadcast, state broadcaster CCTV chose to focus on live images showing newly reconstructed schools and apartment blocks while largely eliding any reference to the injured or dead, some of whom still lay beneath the new buildings

ANNIVERSARY. Flowers are placed in front of a memorial for victims of the 2008 Sichuan earthquake in Beichuan, in China's southwestern Sichuan province on May 12, 2018. AFP photo

Zhu Jinqiang, China's celebrity earthquake pig, exposes sensitivities

May 10, 2018 - 7:03 PM

The heavy police presence around 'Zhu Jianqiang' (Strong Pig) shows how sensitive the earthquake remains 10 years after the massive temblor left 87,000 dead or missing, including thousands of children killed

SPECIAL PIG. This picture taken on April 25, 2018 shows a pig known as "Zhu Jianqiang", who became a national icon after it survived the devastating earthquake 10 years ago, sitting in its enclosure at a museum in Anren, Sichuan province. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

Magnitude 5.9 earthquake strikes Catanduanes

May 05, 2018 - 3:01 PM

Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology says no damage has been reported following the quake

Image from Phivolcs

Major quake hits Hawaii, prompts further volcano eruptions

May 05, 2018 - 8:56 AM

(UPDATED) A magnitude 6.9 earthquake hits Hawaii

Magnitude 6.4 earthquake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted

Mar 26, 2018 - 7:40 AM

The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometers (106 miles) below the earth's surface in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey says

Strong aftershock as aid starts reaching quake-hit Papua New Guinea

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:31 AM

Aid has yet to reach isolated parts of the Southern Highlands, Western, Enga and Hela provinces, with landslides, ruined roads and dozens of aftershocks hampering efforts

AFTERMATH. A handout photo taken on March 6, 2018 and received on March 7 from the International Federation of Red Cross shows Red Cross personnel speaking to local people outside their damaged house at Kar in Papua New Guinea. AFP PHOTO / INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS

Papua New Guinea earthquake leaves 67 dead as aftershocks rock homes – Red Cross

Mar 05, 2018 - 11:27 AM

The recovery effort is slow as aid workers grapple with blocked roads and power outages to reach cut-off villages after the 7.5-magnitude quake struck on February 26 in the Pacific nation's mountainous interior

HELP FOR PAPUA NEW GUINEA. An undated handout photo received on March 5 from Oil Search Limited shows Oil Search staff helping locals distribute supplies from Oil Search and the Australian government in Papua New Guinea. Photo by Oil Search Ltd./ AFP