An earthquake, also known as a quake, tremor or temblor, is the result of a sudden release of energy in the Earth's crust that creates seismic waves. The seismicity, seismism or seismic activity of an area refers to the frequency, type and size of earthquakes experienced over a period of time.
At the Earth's surface, earthquakes manifest themselves by shaking and sometimes displacement of the ground. When the epicenter of a large earthquake is located offshore, the seabed may be displaced sufficiently to cause a tsunami. Earthquakes can also trigger landslides, and occasionally volcanic activity.
The Chilean government evacuated the country’s northern coast and declared the area a disaster zone after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake struck off Chile on Tuesday, killing five and triggering a tsunami.Wednesday, 2 April, 2014, 11:12pm
The death toll from an earthquake in southwest Yunnan province has been lowered to three, officials said, while 17 tourists were reported to have been rescued from a trapped bus.2 Sep 2013 - 4:58am
An earthquake struck a remote part of southwest China on Saturday near the popular tourist area of Shangri-La, killing at least four people, state media said.
The 5.8 magnitude quake, which struck at 8.04am on Saturday morning, was centred on Benzilan town in Yunnan province on the border with Sichuan province, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.31 Aug 2013 - 8:35pm
A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck a remote area of southwest China on Saturday at a shallow depth of about 10 kilometres (six miles), the US Geological Survey said.
The quake, which struck at 8:04 am, was centred on Benzilan, in the Sichuan-Yunnan border region, the USGS said.
State media said rescue teams were heading to the mountainous area.31 Aug 2013 - 9:15am
A powerful earthquake rattled New Zealand's main cities yesterday, sending terrified office workers fleeing. Central Wellington shook "like jelly", but authorities reported no major damage.17 Aug 2013 - 3:52am
Rescuers battled through landslides and blocked roads yesterday to reach survivors from an earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province that killed at least 24 people, including several children who died when a mosque collapsed.4 Jul 2013 - 2:31am
A powerful earthquake in Indonesia's Aceh province flattened buildings and sparked landslides yesterday, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens in a region devastated by the quake-triggered tsunami of 2004.3 Jul 2013 - 2:21am
The 6.3-magnitude quake struck at 1.43pm at a depth of just 10 kilometres. It was the island's strongest this year and was felt in Hong Kong and some parts of the southern coast of the mainland, Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau said. The US Geological Survey put its strength at 6.2.3 Jun 2013 - 5:06am 1 comment
When it comes to relief aid for victims of natural disasters, the sooner the better. That is why rescuers and volunteers wasted no time rushing into Sichuan province after it was hit by a severe earthquake on April 20, the second fatal one in five years. Two weeks have passed. The local situation does not appear to have improved much.3 May 2013 - 3:41am
The People's Daily published a lengthy feature online yesterday detailing how Premier Li Keqiang took command of rescue operations for the Sichuan earthquake , over the past 10 days, and analysts said it appeared to be part of a well-planned propaganda push to cast the nation's new leadership in a positive light.2 May 2013 - 4:24am 2 comments
"Not giving up on a single life!", the People's Liberation Army Chengdu military region wrote in a propaganda microblog it has set up to praise its troops' rescue efforts during the Sichuan earthquake.29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am
Qiu Jian, chief housing planner with the Sichuan government, said a preliminary survey by more than 400 inspectors had found that that no buildings rebuilt after the 2008 earthquake had "completely collapsed".26 Apr 2013 - 5:05am
Seven people were killed, dozens injured and many homes destroyed when a powerful earthquake struck eastern Afghanistan on Wednesday, officials said.
The quake, measured at a magnitude of 5.6 by the US Geological Survey, sent people rushing from their homes in worst-hit areas and was felt in the Afghan capital Kabul and in Islamabad in neighbouring Pakistan.24 Apr 2013 - 9:28pm
The scandal-plagued Red Cross Society of China has once again invoked public anger by canvassing for quake relief donations at one of the hardest hit areas struck by the 7.0-magnitude Yaan earthquake.
Financial news magazine CBN Weekly reporters took photographs of a Red Cross booth in Baoxing county and published them on an official account on a microblogging platform.23 Apr 2013 - 8:06pm
China earthquake watchers said a magnitude-5.3 earthquake hit Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region on Monday afternoon, as national disaster relief efforts were under way in quake-devastated Sichuan province.
The US Geological Survey says on its website the magnitude of the quake was 5.0.22 Apr 2013 - 9:29pm