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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake shakes in Chile Today

Chile Earthquake Map March, 25, 2012 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A large 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook near Maule, Chile today. The US Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the event as moderate to heavy for potential damage and the shaking as very strong to severe. The earthquake occurred on Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 06:37:06 PM local time for the event. At first, the event was recorded at a 7.2 magnitude, but was later downgraded by the USGS to a 7.1 magnitude event.

The earthquake epicenter was located 16 miles north-northwest of the event in Talca, Maule, Chile. The city of Curico was 34 miles away, and the city of Cauquenes was 61 miles from the earthquake's epicenter. The city of Santiago was 136 miles from the earthquake.

The USGS reported the exact location of the event at 35.198°S, 71.783°W, with a depth of 18.6 miles.

The earthquake was located on the coast of Chile. With this magnitude earthquake it is common for sizable aftershocks over 5.0 or higher magnitude to occur.

7.4 Magnitude Earthquake shakes in Oaxaca Mexico Today

7.4 magnitude earthquake in Mexico Today - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A large 7.4 magnitude earthquake let loose in Oaxaca, Mexico today at 12:02 PM (local time). The earthquake was followed by many aftershocks measuring between 5.0 to 5.3 magnitude. The US Geological Survey (USGS) received hundreds of reports of people in Mexico City who felt the tremor, which is about 200 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake.

The USGS recorded the location of the 7.4 magnitude earthquake at 16.662°N, 98.188°W at a depth of 12.4 miles. The earthquake was centered at 84 miles southwest of the nearest city of Huajuapan de Leon, Oaxaca, Mexico. The event was 100 miles west-southwest of the city of Oaxaca.

5.7 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off the Coast of Honshu Japan

Japan Earthquake Activity Map March 15, 2012 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - A 5.7 magnitude earthquake shook on the shore of Honshu Japan on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 09:05:05 PM local to the event. Another 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook in the early Thursday morning.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake was located 47 miles south-southeast of Mito, Honshu, Japan. The second closest city was TOKYO, Japan located 55 miles east of the event. The USGS reported that the event happened at 35.710°N, 140.738°E.

Another 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook in the ocean off the coast of Honshu, Japan at a 5.2 magnitude rating on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at 06:38:56. This was located at 35.710°N, 140.738°E reported the USGS. The nearest city was Mito, Honshu, Japan located 86 miles from the event. TOKYO was 108 miles from this earthquake.

6.0 Magnitude Earthquake shakes off the Shores of Oregon

Earthquake map - USGS.gov

(Best Syndication) An earthquake with a 6.0 magnitude rating shook approximately 150 miles off the shore of Coos Bay, Oregon this February 14, 2012 at 7:31 pm PT. The US Geological Survey reported that the earthquake was located at 43.536°N, 127.381°W with the depth of the epicenter at 6.2 miles.

The nearest city to the earthquake was 159 miles away from Coos Bay Oregon. The second closest city was Newport, Oregon. There was a trickle of reports coming in to the USGS responding if they felt it and if there was any damage. The NOAA government agency reported that they do not expect a tsunami from this event.

On Monday, a sizable 5.6 earthquake shook in Northern California at a 5.6 magnitude. The earthquake was in a rural area near the border of Oregon. This earthquake was located 31 miles northeast of Eureka, California.

Earthquake in Philippines shakes at 6.7 Magnitude

Philippines Recent Earthquake Activity 02/07/12 - USGS

(Best Syndication News) - The Philippines were shaken by several earthquakes starting on February 6, 2012, with several tremors measuring 5.0 and up to 6. 7 magnitude. Around 745 aftershocks have occurred in the Negros – Cebu Region of the Philippines over the last day.

The 6.7 magnitude earthquake was downgraded from a 6.9 by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The closest city to this event is Dumaguete, Negros, Philippines, which is 44 miles north. The USGS received reports of severe to violent shaking of respondents with moderate to heavy damage. The earthquake happened at 11:49 am local time, February 6, 2012.

According to a Philippines Star report, officials believe that 52 people have died. This includes 29 people that are believed to have been buried by a landslide that was triggered by the earthquake. Another landslide also killed 10 people.

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