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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. Earthquakes are recorded with a seismometer, also known as a seismograph. The moment magnitude (or the related and mostly obsolete Richter magnitude) of an earthquake is conventionally reported, with magnitude 3 or lower earthquakes being mostly imperceptible and magnitude 7 causing serious damage over large areas. Intensity of shaking is measured on the modified Mercalli scale.

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Articles About Earthquake

Workers conduct operations to construct an underground ice wall at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture July 9, 2014. The media were shown on Tuesday the site where Tepco is
Recent Japan Typhoons Impact Fukushima Reactors, Radiation Levels at All Time High

By IBTimes AU

The levels of contaminated waters at the Fukushima nuclear power plant have surged. (Oct 17)


An Air New Zealand Plane Flies Over Houses In Mount Victoria
New Zealand Named Fifth Most Resilient Country and Second in World's Best Tax Rate Systems

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand is in the top 5 of FM Global Resilience Index 2014 because of its strong performance in corruption control, risk management and supply chain quality. (Oct 10)


New Zealand Minister Blames Local Councils For Creating Housing Crisis

By IBTimes AU

The decision to go for public-private partnership in housing sector will be a good policy change provided the results are good. (Oct 08)


Workers conduct operations to construct an underground ice wall at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s (Tepco) tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture July 9, 2014. The media were shown on Tuesday the site where Tepco is
Japan’s Fukushima Prefecture Stricken by 5.0-M Earthquake

By IBTimes AU

Japan's Fukushima Prefecture has been jolted by a pair of moderate earthquakes on Wednesday. (Sep 25)


New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key After The General Election In Auckland
New Zealand’s Labour Party Flays Ruling National Party For High Attrition In Defence Forces

By IBTimes AU

This is a serious charge and National too puts Labour on the defensive saying there was no defence policy when that party was in power. (Sep 10)


The Supermoon Is Pictured Behind The Christ The Redeemer Statue In Rio de Janeiro
Researchers To Study Supermoon Effect On New Zealand's Low-Lying Cities

By IBTimes AU

Researchers will benefit from the appearance of the supermoon on Sept. 9 to study the effect of elevated tidal levels on low-lying cities like Christchurch in New Zealand. (Sep 09)


A meteor streaks over the sky during the Perseid meteor shower at the Maculje archaeological site near Novi Travnik August 12, 2014.
Meteorite Hits Nicaraguan Capital Managua, Creates Crater Near Airport

By IBTimes AU

A small meteorite his Managua on Saturday night, creating a 12-metre wide and 5-metre deep crater near the international airport of Nicaragua. There were no injuries caused by the meteorite, which probably broke off from an asteroid that passed close to Earth. (Sep 09)


Wearing a protective suit and a mask, an employee of Japan's Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) walks carefully along a dark aisle after U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy visited the central control room for the unit one and unit two reactors at TEP
TEPCO Slapped with Unpaid Hazard Wages Lawsuit by Fukushima Workers

By IBTimes AU

Workers tasked to decommission the highly radiated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have slapped a lawsuit against operator Tokyo Electric Company (Tepco) over unpaid hazard wages. (Sep 04)


Harry Styles Of One Direction Attends The Presentation Of The Burberry Autumn/Winter 2014 Collection During London Fashion Week
Harry Styles' Good Looking Cousin Ben Selley Auditions For 'The X Factor' With His Band 'Concept,' Impresses Judges [VIDEO]

By IBTimes AU

"One Direction" hunk Harry Styles' cousin Ben Selley and his band "Concept" auditioned for "The X-Factor." The boys gave a power packed performance on an acoustic version of Labrinth's "Earthquake. (Sep 02)

'Under The Dome’ Spoilers: One Dead, The Fall Closes The Exit Passage, Melanie, Bobby Relationship Revealed In Season 2 Episode 10

By IBTimes AU

Phil, unaware that the water has disappeared and the exit passage has closed, jumps down the cliff to escape and meets his death on a rocky, sharp, pointed bottom. (Sep 02)