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August 5, 2018

At least 82 people were killed after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck the Indonesian island of Lombok Sunday evening.

Natural Disaster Mitigation Agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes damaged, and most of the dead were killed when their houses collapsed. The shaking was felt in Bali, and the quake damaged buildings there as well. A tsunami warning was issued, but has been lifted.

Lombok is a tourist destination known for its beaches and mountains, and last week, 16 people there were killed when a magnitude 6.4 earthquake hit the island. Catherine Garcia

June 18, 2018

A 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit Monday morning north of Osaka, Japan, causing walls to collapse and fires to break out around the city.

Authorities say at least three people were killed — two elderly men and a 9-year-old girl who died at school after a concrete wall collapsed on her — and more than 40 injured. Flights were canceled and train and subway service suspended so officials could look for any possible damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake struck shortly after 8 a.m. at a depth of about eight miles. Catherine Garcia

February 17, 2018

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake struck the Pacific coast of Mexico Friday, leaving about one million homes and businesses without power.

No one was killed by the initial quake, but 13 people died and several more were injured when a military helicopter crashed onto two vehicles while surveying the damage. Mexico's interior minister and the governor of the state of Oaxaca were both in the helicopter when it went down, but neither was injured.

Friday's earthquake was unusually long, and it was followed by 225 aftershocks. It comes less than half a year after a September quake killed more than 300 people in Mexico City and surrounding areas. Many Mexico City residents were heard repeating, "Oh God, not again," while Friday's tremors hit.

This is a breaking news story and has been updated throughout. Bonnie Kristian

January 14, 2018

At least two people were killed and another 65 injured by a magnitude-7.1 earthquake in Peru Sunday morning. More than a dozen people remain missing as relief efforts begin. The quake struck off Peru's coast in the Pacific Ocean shortly after 4 a.m. local time.

The U.S. Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said "hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts" as a result of the tremors but soon declared the tsunami threat had passed. Arequipa district Gov. Yamila Orosio said on Twitter some adobe houses have collapsed and there are reports of power outages from the earthquake. Bonnie Kristian

November 12, 2017

A 7.3-magnitude earthquake that shook the city of Halabja, Iraq, on Sunday killed at least 104 people in Iraq and Iran, officials said.

The temblor was centered 217 miles north of Baghdad near the border with Iran. Iran's semi-official Fars News reports at least 1,000 people in the country were injured, and the governor of Sulaimaniya told CNN four people died in eastern Iraq and dozens more were wounded. Shaking was also felt in Turkey, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Lebanon, news agencies in those countries reported. Catherine Garcia

September 23, 2017

Mexico was struck by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake Saturday morning, sparking alarm and suspending ongoing rescue efforts in response to two other recent quakes.

The new tremor follows Tuesday's 7.1-magnitude earthquake, as well as an 8.1-magnitude quake that struck off the coast of Mexico earlier this month. The combined death toll from the earlier quakes has nearly reached 400 people.

Saturday's tremor, believed to be an aftershock of the 8.1 quake, collapsed a bridge in the town of Juchitan and toppled some previously damaged buildings. "Homes that were still standing just fell down," said Bettina Cruz, who lives in Juchitan. "It's hard. We are all in the streets." Bonnie Kristian

December 17, 2016

A 7.9-magnitude earthquake struck in the ocean off the coast of the Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea Saturday evening local time. Residents fled to higher ground as a tsunami warning was issued for coastal areas as well as other inhabited islands nearby, including New Zealand.

Several hours later, the warning was relaxed, though officials still urged caution. Papua New Guinea sits on the Pacific's "Ring of Fire" and experiences frequent seismic activity. Bonnie Kristian

November 13, 2016

A magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck New Zealand's South Island early Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, less than 24 hours after an earlier quake hit the same area. The Monday quake hit at a depth of six miles about 75 miles northeast of Christchurch, the USGS said. Earlier on Sunday, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake centered north of Christchurch killed two people and damaged buildings, with tsunami waves caused by the quake arriving two hours later. Catherine Garcia

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