South-east Iran has been hit by a 7.8-magnitude earthquake, with tremors felt across Pakistan, India and the Middle East.
The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 53 miles from the city of Khash, near the border with Pakistan.
Offices were evacuated in Abu Dhabi and tall buildings swayed in the Indian capital Delhi, witnesses said.
Iranian state TV has reported at least 40 people killed, although one official says he fears hundreds have died.
This is the largest earthquake in Iran in the last 40 years.
At least 37 people were killed and 850 wounded in the earthquake that struck near Bushehr on April 10
All communications have been cut and assessment teams are being sent to the stricken area, he says.
The earthquake struck in the province of Sistan Baluchistan at around 3:14 p.m., close to the cities of Khash, with a population of nearly 180,000, and Saravan with 250,000.
Iran’s Fars news agency was reporting that no serious damage had been reported in Saravan.
The quake was felt in the cities of Karachi and Quetta.
It comes a week after a 6.3-magnitude quake struck south-west Iran, near its nuclear power station.
At least 37 people were killed and 850 wounded in the earthquake that struck near Bushehr on April 10.
A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada Saturday.
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally said there was no threat to the islands, but a warning was issued later Saturday and remains in effect until 7:00 p.m. Sunday. A small craft advisory is in effect until Sunday morning.
A small tsunami prompted state and federal officials to warn people in southeast Alaska and down the Canadian coast to take precautions.
The temblor shook the Charlotte Islands area on Saturday night, followed by a 5.8-magnitude aftershock several minutes later. There were no immediate reports of major damage.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake hit the Queen Charlotte Islands just after 8:00 p.m. local time Saturday at a depth of about 3 miles (5 kilometers) and was centered 96 miles (155 kilometers) south of Masset, British Columbia. It was one of the biggest earthquakes around Canada in decades and was felt across a wide area around British Columbia.
The National Weather Service issued a tsunami warning for coastal areas of British Columbia, southern Alaska and Hawaii. The first wave of the small tsunami, about four inches (101.6 millimeters), hit the southeast Alaska coastal community of Craig.
A tsunami warning has been issued for Hawaii after a 7.7-magnitude earthquake rocked an island off the west coast of Canada Saturday
Dennis Sinnott of the Canadian Institute of Ocean Science said a 69 centimeter (27 inch) wave was recorded off Langara Island on the northeast tip of Haida Gwaii, formerly called the Queen Charlotte Islands. Another 55 centimeter (21 inch) wave hit Winter Harbour on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.
“It appears to be settling down,” he said.
“It does not mean we won’t get another small wave coming through.”
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center originally said there was no threat to the islands of Hawaii, but a warning was issued later Saturday and remains in effect until 7:00 p.m. Sunday. A small craft advisory is in effect until Sunday morning. The center says the first tsunami wave could hit the islands by about 10:30 p.m. local time.
The USGS said the 7.7 magnitude temblor shook the waters around British Columbia and was followed by a 5.8 magnitude aftershock several minutes later. Several other aftershocks were reported.
The U.S. Coast Guard in Alaska said it was trying to warn everyone with a boat on the water to prepare for a potential tsunami.
Lt. Bernard Auth of the Juneau Command Center said the Coast Guard was working with local authorities to alert people in coastal towns to take precautions.
The quake struck 25 miles (40 kilometers) south of Sandspit, British Columbia, on the Haida Gwaii archipelago, formerly known as the Queen Charlotte Islands. People in coastal areas were advised to move to higher ground.
A new earthquake has shaken northern Italy, centred on the Emilia region, where a quake on May 20 killed seven people and damaged many buildings.
Tuesday’s tremor was estimated at 5.8 and was felt in Milan and Bologna, where office workers were evacuated.
The quake struck 40 km north of Bologna and 60 km east of Parma, at a depth of 9.6 km (six miles), Reuters reports.
The tremor happened at 09:03 local time. There are no reports of major damage or injuries.
A new earthquake has shaken northern Italy, centred on the Emilia region, where a quake on May 20 killed seven people and damaged many buildings
But some buildings collapsed in areas hit by the larger May 20 quake, which was magnitude 6.0, the Associated Press said.
That quake destroyed many centuries-old buildings of cultural value. It was the worst to hit Italy since the L’Aquila tremor that killed nearly 300 people in 2009.
One year after north-eastern Japan was shaken by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and inundated by tsunami waters, the National Police Agency figures show the scale of the disaster and how much progress the country has made towards recovery.
The Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami that tore through the country’s north-eastern coastal communities killed almost 16,000 people and destroyed the lives of thousands more.
The double disaster, which in turn triggered a third crisis at the Fukushima nuclear plant, may have been a year ago, but for many of those in the worst-affected areas life remains in a state of turmoil.
In Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures whole communities were wiped out by the ferocious power of the tsunami. On top of the current known death toll, a further 3,000 people are still listed as missing.
Even among those that survived, many were unable to return home. According to the Japanese authorities, more than 330,000 are still living in some kind of temporary accommodation, including those staying with friends and family or in hotels. More than 500 remain in evacuation centres.
The Great East Japan Earthquake and resulting tsunami that tore through the country's north-eastern coastal communities killed almost 16,000 people and destroyed the lives of thousands more
National Police Agency of Japan figures show almost 300,000 buildings were destroyed and a further one million damaged, either by the quake, tsunami or resulting fires. Almost 4,000 roads, 78 bridges and 29 railways were also affected.
Patrick Fuller, of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and who was there in the immediate aftermath of the disaster, tells of the “complete and utter devastation”.
“The only way I can describe how it was is that it was just like out of the Terminator movie – a futuristic scene of mangled and twisted wreckage.”
The Japanese authorities estimate a staggering 25 million tons of debris was generated in the three worst-affected prefectures. This is many times greater than the amount created by the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
Consequently, the clean-up has been a mammoth task, even for a nation known for its preparedness.
Much of the rubble and waste has been cleared from the streets, but the Japanese environment ministry last month revealed only 5% had been disposed of and 72% was still being stored at temporary sites.
Officials explained the delays had been caused by a number of factors, including difficulties finding sites for incinerators in affected areas and the reluctance in other prefectures of Japan to take the waste amid fears of radiation contamination.
Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said the ministry’s original goal of completing disposal by the end of March 2014 was unrealistic and urged other parts of the country to help out.
However, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says the Japanese authorities have made remarkable progress considering the upheaval and disruption caused by the disaster.
The organization praised Japan’s emphasis on waste segregation and recycling and said lessons could be learned from the way the country had managed the quake and tsunami debris.
Yet, while most the rubble and waste has been cleared, there remain long stretches of empty coastline where rebuilding has yet to take place. In fact, debate still continues on whether some residential areas should be moved inland and to higher ground.
A survey by the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper late last year found that 26 out of 37 municipalities in coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures were considering large-scale residential relocations.
A more recent survey for the same paper found 72% of respondents said they could see little or no progress in reconstruction efforts. Asked to choose one or more explanations why, 75% blamed the Fukushima nuclear crisis, 63% said it was the devastating impact of the earthquake, while 61% agreed there were problems in the government’s response to the disaster.
But Patrick Fuller of the Red Cross points out that many towns destroyed by the quake and tsunami are “starting from scratch” and that Japan’s progress after a year compares to that achieved in three years in places like Indonesia and Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami.
The task for the Japanese government now is to help its people get back on their feet, given the inevitable crippling economic cost of such a disaster, he says.
Last year, the Cabinet Office of Japan estimated it cost the country 16.9 trillion yen ($210 billion).
But the country’s national and local authorities believe the reconstruction will actually cost more than 23 trillion yen ($286 billion) over a decade.
Crucial to the rebuilding is getting affected communities back to work and giving them a sense of purpose, says Patrick Fuller.
“This is going to take a monumental effort from the government and it is going to take years.”
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines on late Monday morning killing at least 13 people, official reports say.
The death toll includes at least two children, according to the government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
The quake hit 70 km north of Dumaguete city on Negros island at 11.49 (03.49 GMT) at a depth of 20 km, according to the US Geological Survey.
Two aftershocks with a magnitude of 4.8 and 5.6 followed.
A 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck the central Philippines on late Monday morning killing at least 13 people
Dozens of people have also been reported as still missing. Search and rescue operations are currently ongoing in areas where houses and buildings had collapsed due to landslides.
The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology issued a tsunami alert for the area, but had lifted it by 14.30.
The late morning quake in the Negros and Cebu region had caused panic in nearby cities, with people rushing out of schools, malls and offices. Officials in some areas suspended work and cancelled classes.
A child was reportedly crushed to death by a collapsed wall in Tayasan town in Negros, Benito Ramos, NDRRMC chief told reporters.
Buildings in the cities of Cebu and San Carlos shook violently and sustained damages such as broken windows and cracks on the walls, he added.
The Philippines is located in the Pacific “Ring of Fire” where earthquakes and volcanic activity are common. A 7.7-magnitude quake killed nearly 2,000 people in Luzon in 1990.
A 7 magnitude earthquake hit eastern and northeastern Japan today, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage and no danger of a tsunami.
The earthquake struck 217 miles below the sea surface at 2:28 p.m. (5:27 a.m. GMT) and measured 4 in central Tokyo, Fukushima and their surrounding areas,
Such a deep jolt is less likely to cause damage than one close to the surface.
The quake was centered near Japan’s Izu Islands, about 307 miles south-southwest of the capital, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Buildings swayed in Tokyo, but did not disrupt the final of the Emperor’s Cup football tournament being played at the National Stadium.
A spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power said there were no reports of any irregularities at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plan.
Some roads were temporarily closed and high-speed train services in northern Japan were suspended for a short time.
The Hawaii-based US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has not issued a tsunami.
John Roos, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, said in a message on Twitter: “Memorable start to New Year – about to greet Emperor and Empress for New Year when Imperial Palace began to shake.”
Japan, which lies along the Pacific “Ring of Fire”, is one of the world’s most seismically active countries.
The country accounts for about 20% of the world’s earthquakes of magnitude 6 or greater.
On March 2011, the northeast coast was struck by a record magnitude 9 earthquake, and a massive tsunami, which triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in 25 years since Chernobyl.
The disaster left more than 20,000 dead or missing.