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
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.
Update on #Peru #Earthquake: Revised down to 7.1M. Tsunami threat is now over and no tsunami waves were observed on sea level gauges. It was a major quake, with structural damage possible inland but so far no reports. pic.twitter.com/wjGBujrEyF
— Ivan Cabrera (@IvanCabreraTV) January 14, 2018
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
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
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
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.
— The Straits Times (@STcom) December 17, 2016
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
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
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook New Zealand north of Christchurch Sunday morning, leaving little direct damage there or in the capital city of Wellington. But tsunami waves caused by the quake began arriving about two hours later. Officials warned New Zealanders they should get to higher ground away from the ocean in case the waves — initially measuring about six feet — become larger and more dangerous.
— Go New Zealand (@Go_New_Zealand) November 13, 2016
Aftershocks from the earthquake continued throughout the morning. Bonnie Kristian
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck central Oklahoma on Sunday night, registering as the fourth-strongest temblor to hit the state.
— Amy Slanchik (@amyslanchik) November 7, 2016
The 7:44 p.m. CST quake was centered about one mile west of Cushing, 50 miles northeast of Oklahoma City, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake was initially reported as being magnitude 5.3, and was felt across the state and as far away as Dallas and Little Rock.
Police in Cushing say no injuries have been reported, but there has been "significant damage" to buildings, NewsOK reports. Cushing has a population of 7,900, and is home to the largest commercial oil storage hub in the United States. The strongest earthquake to shake the state was a 5.8 in Pawnee on Sept. 3, and scientists link an increase in quakes in Oklahoma to fracking, the process of drilling into the earth and injecting fluid at a high pressure to release the gas inside. Catherine Garcia