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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

Monkeys in Fukushima Show 'Effects of Radiation' Due To Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant

By IBTimes AU

A study done by a Japanese research team showed that monkeys near the Fukushima region, which was affected by the nuclear power plant, possess lesser blood cell counts than those monkeys living away from the area. (11:07 am)


Villagers affected by the Mount Sinabung eruption earlier this year head to a polling station in Medan, Sumatra July 9, 2014. Jakarta Governor Joko "Jokowi" Widodo looked to be heading for a narrow victory in Indonesia's presidential electi
End of Times Indicators: Japan’s Mount Fuji in ‘Critical State’ to Erupt, Could Affect At Least 1.2M People

By IBTimes AU

Japan's highest peak Mount Fuji has been placed by a team of researchers in a "critical state" to erupt, spurred by the pressure built underneath it by the 2011 magnitude-9 Tohoku-Oki earthquake. (Jul 21)


An earthquake-damaged house is pictured in the San Marcos region, in the northwest of Guatemala
Strong 6.0 MS Earthquake Felt in Canada at Yukon-Alaska Border

By IBTimes AU

There was an earthquake in Canada on Thursday, July 17. (Jul 18)


An elderly woman walks at a temporary housing complex where evacuees from the Kawamata area are living in Kawamata town, Fukushima prefecture June 23, 2014. The triple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that followed the March 2011 earthquak
6.8-Magnitude Quake Triggers Small Tsunami Near Fukushima, Crippled Nuclear Power Plant Unaffected

By IBTimes AU

A 6.8-magnitude quake that struck off Japan's northern coast over the weekend has triggered a small tsunami near the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. (Jul 14)


Children stand among merchandise from an earthquake-damaged store in San Pedro, in the San Marcos region in northwest Guatemala, July 8, 2014.
5.6-Magnitude Earthquake Strikes Northern Japan; No Tsunami Warning Issued

By IBTimes AU

As Japan's southern islands battle it out with typhoon Neoguri on Tuesday, the country's northern islands have been stricken with a 5.6-magnitude earthquake on the same day. The whiplash of the double incidents is now creating fear among the residents of Japan. (Jul 09)


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Anti-Immigration Policy a Factor in New Zealand Election

By IBTimes AU

New Zealand's booming economy has attracted more migrants to the country. It also gave citizens overseas to return home. As a result, the country is currently experiencing its strongest influx of immigrants in more than 10 years. (Jul 07)


Pope Francis chats with Spain's King Felipe (L) and Queen Letizia during a private audience at the Vatican June 30, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi (VATICAN - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS ROYALS)
New Vatican Envoy to UN is a Filipino Archbishop

By IBTimes AU

Pope Francis has selected Filipino Archbishop Bernardito Cleopas Auza to become Vatican City's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. Auza is the first ever Filipino to represent the Holy See at the global body. (Jul 03)


Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO)'s handout shows an image taken by a gamma ray camera showing the bottom of a ventilation stack standing between Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant's No.1 and No.2 reactors, where radiation exceeding 10 sieverts (10,000 m
Alaska Seafood Untainted with Fukushima Radiation

By IBTimes AU

Concerns of radiation from Fukushima affecting Alaskan seafood have been ruled out by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. (Jul 01)


A firefighter works to demolish a damaged wall of a building after a 6.4 magnitude earthquake in Mexico City May 8, 2014. The earthquake shook Mexico City on Thursday, rattling buildings and prompting office evacuations. The U.S. Geological Survey put the
7.1-magnitude Quake Strikes Off South Atlantic Ocean; No Tsunami Alert Raised

By IBTimes AU

A 7.1 magnitude earthquake struck off near the uninhabited islands of the South Sandwich Islands far off South America in the South Atlantic Ocean early Sunday, the US Geological Survey said. (Jun 30)


A banner that reads "Fukushima" is placed in front of a giant symbolic Japan's national flag to mark the third year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, March 11, 2014. REUTERS/
Investors of Japan's Tepco Slam Atomic Restarts

By IBTimes AU

Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO), operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant that got crippled by a tsunami in March 2011 after a magnitude 9 earthquake struck Japan's shores, has voted down motions to permanently close all its atomic plant ... (Jun 27)