Infrastructure concerns in Solomons after latest quakeInfrastructure concerns in Solomons after latest quake

Another powerful quake struck near Kirakira this morning - a 6.7 magnitude quake at a depth of 33km.

The undersea quake hit 71km west of the city of Kirakira, which is on the country's biggest island, Makira.

Director of the National Disaster Management Office Loti Yates said there was no tsunami threat from this morning's quake but he was expecting more reports of damage.

Mr Yates said multiple quakes of magnitude 5 and above have hampered relief operations still underway in the Makira area.

7000 affected across three provinces by Solomons' quakes

RNZ reports disaster authorities said around 200 buildings had been destroyed or damaged in the provinces of Makira & Ulawa, Malaita and Guadalcanal.

Among them were 11 schools and a medical clinic.

Some dwellings were also hit by waves generated by Friday's 7-point-8 magnitude quake and Saturday's 6-point-9 aftershock.

The country director for World Vision Solomon Islands Janes Ginting said the tremors had left communities very nervous.

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Brazil registered its first win in the FIFA U20 Women's World Cup, thrashing home side Papua New Guinea 9-0 tonight at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby.

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Disaster preparedness vital for schools

Many schools in the New Guinea Islands Region particularly in East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain are at risk of earthquakes and tsunamis.

Schools in the Highlands Region are at risk of landslides therefore it is vital that children are prepared and know what to do when faced with a natural disaster.

Shichigo Elementary School in Sendai City, Japan is undergoing a pilot curriculum for disaster preparedness, prevention and safety.

Japan’s tsunami hit city on road to recovery

Loop PNG visited the city this week as part of the Pacific-Caribbean Journalists Program organised by the Association for Promotion of International Cooperation and the Foreign Press Center Japan.

Ishinomaki is the major city of northeast Miyagi Prefecture located at the mouth of the Kitakami River which is the biggest river in northern Japan.

The earthquake and tsunami caused disastrous damage to the city, leaving a permanent scar on both the city and the minds of its residents.

6.5 magnitude earthquake recorded this afternoon

 An officer from the Geophysical Observatory office, Matthew Moihoi, confirmed the earthquake took place at 4.15pm today.

The Geophysical Observatory office says there is no tsunami threat from this quake.

This earthquake took place 83km beneath the Arawe Islands of the West New Britain Province in the Western Solomon Sea.

It was caused by interaction between the Solomon Sea and the Bismark tectonic plates and was weakly felt in Port Moresby.

No damage has been reported.

Ecuador earthquake: Death toll jumps as search continues

There have been desperate scenes as rescuers and family members searched for survivors, often with bare hands.

Teams from Switzerland, Spain and several Latin American countries have arrived to join the search effort.

More than 2,000 people were injured in the quake, Ecuador's most powerful in decades, which hit its Pacific coast.

Earlier, President Rafael Correa warned that the death toll was likely to rise, and said there were still people alive under the rubble of collapsed buildings. He said it was the biggest tragedy to hit Ecuador in the past seven decades.

Japan earthquakes: Authorities evacuate nearly 250,000 people

A 7.3-magnitude tremor struck early on Saturday morning, killing at least 32 people, injuring about 1,000 more and causing widespread damage to houses, roads and bridges.

It was the second major quake to hit Kumamoto province on the island of Kyushu in just over 24 hours. The first, late on Thursday, killed nine people.

There have been 347 aftershocks of at least level 1 on the Japanese scale since Thursday's shock, broadcaster NHK reported.

Japan earthquake: Rescue under way after massive tremor

Some 20,000 troops are being deployed in the operation in Kyushu region after the magnitude-7.3 quake at 01:25 on Saturday (15:25 GMT Friday).

At least 15 people have been killed and hundreds injured, media reports say.

Dozens of people are feared trapped in the rubble of collapsed buildings. The quake on Thursday killed nine people.

Roads have been damaged and big landslides have been reported over a wide area. Some 200,000 households are now without power.

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Second deadly earthquake rocks southern Japan

Three people are reported to have been killed and many more injured in the latest quake, measuring magnitude 7.3, which came just a day after another tremor that claimed nine lives in the same area.

An apartment fire was blamed for at least one of the deaths, as the fresh quake sparked a fresh wave of destruction and injuries.

"We are also checking if any more people failed to escape," city official Kiichiro Terada said, adding that the fire was under control.