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Ecuador

Ecuador, physiography

Ecuador, physiography

Ecuador, administrative divisions

Ecuador, administrative divisions

A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck offshore of northern Ecuador on April 16, 2016. More than 200 deaths were reported within the first two days after the event. Since 1900, there have been seven other earthquakes of M7 or greater that struck within 250km of this event, near Muisne, Ecuador. Muisne is located along the coast in the province of Esmeraldas.  Read More

Japan

Japan

Japan

On April 15, 2016, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck 1km away from Kumamoto-shi, Japan, on the island of Kyushu. Roughly 20 minutes later, a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck approximately 20km away, north of the Kumamoto Airport. Kyushu is the third largest and most southern of the major islands of Japan. The island lies just southwest of the Korean Peninsula. Japan's largest active volcano, Aso-san (1592 m), is on Kyushu island.  Read More

Syria

Syria country profile

Syria country profile

Syria lies between Lebanon and Turkey, along the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is roughly the size of Missouri. The capital of Damascus - located at an oasis fed by the Barada River - is thought to be one of the world's oldest continuously inhabited cities. Aleppo is the largest of Syria's cities (population 3.5 million); Damascus is the second largest city; the other main cities are: Hims, Hamah, and Lattakia.  Read More