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Magnitude 6.8 earthquake hits central Japan

Rescue workers are seen between collapsed houses after an earthquake in Hakuba town, Nagano prefecture. Credit: Reuters

A strong earthquake has struck a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics, knocking down at least 10 homes in a ski resort town and injuring several people.

Authorities say at least 39 people were injured in the initial tremor

The magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck near Nagano city at a depth of six miles, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The US Geological Survey measured the quake's magnitude at 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

One of the hardest-hit areas appeared to be Hakuba, a ski town west of Nagano that hosted events in the 1998 games. Ten homes collapsed there, said Shigeharu Fujimura, a Nagano prefecture disaster management official.

Nine people were trapped underneath the collapsed houses, but they all were rescued, and none had life-threatening injuries, said Hakuba official Tomoyuki Shimokawa.

Officials at Japan`s Meteorological Agency are warning people to be on the alert for aftershocks in the days ahead

USGS: 6.3 magnitude quake strikes northern Thailand

An earthquake of 6.3 magnitude struck northern Thailand on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said.

There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage.

The quake struck 20 miles (32 km) southwest of the town of city of Chiang Rai, was felt in the capital, Bangkok, residents said.

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Residents survey damage after Mexico earthquake

A car crushed by a collapsing wall Credit: Associated Press

Houses and cars were badly damaged after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck central and southern Mexico this morning.

A man inspects his car after it was hit by a tree during the earthquake Credit: Associated Press

The quake centred in the Guerrero province, south of the capital, Mexico City.

This house was abandoned after sustaining damage during the earthquake Credit: Associated Press

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'It knocked a brew over' - Rutland locals tell of 3.5 quake

Rutland locals have been taking to Twitter all morning to say how the 3.5 earthquake affected them:

Nottinghamshire and England cricketer Stuart Broad also told of his mum's cup of tea being spilled:

Bigger 3.5 earthquake hits the Rutland area

Another earthquake measuring 3.5 has struck the Rutland area of the East Midlands, which has come 24 hours after a 3.2-magnitude hot the area.

Initial data released by the British Geological Survey (BGS) said the latest quake struck the Oakham area at around 7.50am today.

A map from the British Geological Survey shows the point of impact. Credit: BGS Website

In comments posted on the BGS Facebook page, residents in the Rutland area and neighbouring Lincolnshire claimed the latest quake was more powerful than the first.

Facebook user Dave Stevens said: "Yesterday's was a sudden loud bang. This morning's felt more like the 2008 Market Rasen quake. It really rattled the doors of my shower!"

Rutland tremors '100,000 times smaller' than Chile quake

A map from the British Geological Survey shows the point of impact. Credit: BGS

The earthquake felt in Rutland this morning was not powerful enough to have caused any significant damage, according to the British Geological Survey (BGS).

A spokesman for the organisation said earth movement measured this morning was around 100,000 times smaller than a recent 8.2 magnitude Chile earthquake.

In terms of energy release, the Rutland quake was 33-and-a-half-million times smaller.

The BGS says it has had 265 reports from members of the public who say they have felt the quake, with the furthest away coming from Wellingborough, 45 kilometres (27 miles) to the south.

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