- An initial quake of magnitude 5.4 that struck the Batanes islands was followed shortly by an aftershock of magnitude 5.9, according to Philippine government data. Another big aftershock struck a little later.
- The national disaster agency said it was sending medical and rescue teams to the islands, about halfway between the main Philippine island of Luzon and Taiwan.
The earthquake was a 5.3 magnitude, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, and hit just after 2 p.m. local time.
People in Athens felt the earthquake as it hit, causing some to run into the streets, per the Associated Press.
The mobile phone network went down and there were some power outages reported around the city. The fire department is responding to calls of people trapped in elevators.
Otherwise, there was no reported serious damage or injuries immediately after the quake. The Acropolis Museum remains open, although many people around the city were sent home from work for the day.
It officially hit about 14 miles from Athens, the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center said, and lasted just a few seconds.
The quake struck as millions of people in Southern California are on edge and worried about their safety afterand more than 4,000 aftershocks. The powerful, damaging quakes rocked the small desert town of Ridgecrest, 110 miles north of Los Angeles.
Southern California was rocked by a magnitude 6.4 earthquake that jolted Kern County and was widely felt around the region as many prepared to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday. Details: http://on.ktla.com/1kmrC
An 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck Southern California Thursday, shaking a widespread area.
The quake was centered in the Searles Valley, a remote area of San Bernardino.It was unclear of the temblor caused major damage or injuries.
It was the most powerful quake to hit Southern California in years.
Local emergency agencies have been flooded with calls, and officials urged that people only use 911 for emergencies.
The earthquake registered off the western coast of Yamagata, roughly 30 miles southwest of the city of Sakata, according to Japan’s Meteorological Agency. The shallow quake hit around 6 miles below the sea’s surface.
May 12 19:32: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 6.0.
Date & time: Sun, 12 May 19:24:49 UTC – 4 hours ago
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.6°N / 82.79°W (Panama)
Nearest volcano: Baru (41 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 6.3*10^13 J (17.5 GWh / 15080 tons of TNT / 0.9 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience with us and submit a short “I felt it” report.