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Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on
Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on

Tearful memorials were being held across tsunami-hit nations for the 220,000 people who perished when giant waves decimated coastal areas of the Indian Ocean a decade ago.

Prayers and tears as Asia mourns tsunami dead 10 years on
Japan on highest typhoon alert, 480,000 urged to take shelter
Japan on highest typhoon alert, 480,000 urged to take shelter

Japan braced Tuesday for one of its worst storms in years as typhoon Neoguri barrelled towards the southern Okinawa island chain, with the national weather agency issuing its highest alert and nearly half-a-million people urged to take shelter.

Japan on highest typhoon alert, 480,000 urged to take shelter
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Alaska town evacuates after quake tsunami warning

Residents in a remote section of the US Aleutian islands rushed to higher ground after an 7.9-magnitude earthquake off the coast of Alaska triggered a local tsunami warning, an official said.

Alaska town evacuates after quake tsunami warning
Big quake rattles Tokyo, 17 injured
Big quake rattles Tokyo, 17 injured

A strong 6.0-magnitude earthquake shook buildings in Tokyo early Monday, lightly injuring 17 people, but officials stressed there was no risk of a tsunami.

Big quake rattles Tokyo, 17 injured
The star on the map shows the location of a 6.7 magnitude earthquake reported off Vancouver Island in Canada. Photo courtesy of latimes.com
Strong 6.6 earthquake strikes off Canada's Vancouver island: USGS

An earthquake measuring 6.6 struck late Wednesday off Canada's Vancouver island in the Pacific, the US Geological Survey said.

Strong 6.6 earthquake strikes off Canada's Vancouver island: USGS
©Reuters/Ivan Alvarado
6.6-quake hits off PNG's Bougainville: USGS

A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea's Bougainville Island Saturday but there was no risk of a widespread tsunami, seismologists said.

6.6-quake hits off PNG's Bougainville: USGS
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Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS

A powerful 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Papua New Guinea on Friday, US officials said, but no Pacific-wide tsunami warning was sounded.

Powerful 7.3 quake hits off Papua New Guinea: USGS
Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake
Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake

Small tsunami waves hit northern Japan early Thursday following a powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake thousands of kilometres away across the Pacific Ocean in Chile after officials issued an evacuation advisory for certain areas.

Minor tsunami hits Japan after Chile quake
Chile evacuates coast as 8.2 quake sparks tsunami
Chile evacuates coast as 8.2 quake sparks tsunami

A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's Pacific coast Tuesday, triggering tsunami waves of more than two meters and warnings for people to flee to higher ground.

Chile evacuates coast as 8.2 quake sparks tsunami
Strong quake strikes off Chile
Strong quake strikes off Chile

A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile's northwestern coast on Sunday, the latest of at least seven quakes to hit the region in recent days.

Strong quake strikes off Chile
Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster

Japan on Tuesday marks the third anniversary of the quake-tsunami disaster which swept away 18,000 victims, destroyed coastal communities, and sparked a nuclear emergency that forced a re-think on atomic power.

Japan marks 3rd anniversary of quake-tsunami disaster
6.1-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's Java
6.1-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's Java

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off Indonesia's main island of Java on Saturday, the US Geological Survey reported, but local officials said there was no risk of a tsunami.

6.1-magnitude quake strikes off Indonesia's Java
Philippines launches $8.17 bn Haiyan rebuilding plan
Philippines launches $8.17 bn Haiyan rebuilding plan

The Philippines launched an $8.17 billion plan on Wednesday to rebuild the lives of millions made homeless by Super Typhoon Haiyan and strengthen the disaster-prone nation's defences against future tempests.

Philippines launches $8.17 bn Haiyan rebuilding plan
Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines
Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines

Disaster experts warned Monday that mistakes made in the relief effort after the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami must not be repeated with the super typhoon that has smashed the Philippines.

Disaster experts warn on avoiding 2004 mistakes in Philippines
©Reuters/Issei Kato
Fukushima workers evacuated as small tsunami hits Japan

Workers at the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant were evacuated when a small tsunami hit Japan after a powerful undersea quake Saturday.

Fukushima workers evacuated as small tsunami hits Japan
Scrapping of Japan tsunami ship begins
Scrapping of Japan tsunami ship begins

A northern Japanese city on Monday began scrapping a fishing boat that was swept far inland by the 2011 tsunami and became one of the most poignant symbols of the disaster.

Scrapping of Japan tsunami ship begins
©REUTERS/Issei Kato
Monster tsunami could devastate California: study

A tsunami generated by a massive earthquake off Alaska could cause major damage to California's economy and force 750,000 people to evacuate.

Monster tsunami could devastate California: study
A seismologist points at a graphic showing an earthquake reading. ©REUTERS
Massive Far East quake felt in Moscow, no casualties

A massive undersea earthquake Friday in Russia's Far East prompted a tsunami warning and was felt in cities including Moscow far to the west, but there were no immediate reports of casualties.

Massive Far East quake felt in Moscow, no casualties
Hope and despair as Japan marks tsunami anniversary
Hope and despair as Japan marks tsunami anniversary

In the dark months after a catastrophic tsunami smashed into Japan, killing almost 19,000 people and sparking a nuclear disaster, hopes for a rapid recovery and a national rebirth were frustrated by political paralysis.

Hope and despair as Japan marks tsunami anniversary
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Mystery gold gifts for tsunami-wracked Japan port

A Japanese city devastated by the 2011 tsunami has received anonymous gifts of gold worth more than $250,000 in a phenomenon dubbed a "goodwill gold rush" ahead of the second anniversary of the disaster.

Mystery gold gifts for tsunami-wracked Japan port