Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes – Global
5.7 Earthquake hits the Mariana Islands.
5.3 Earthquake hits New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
5.0 Earthquake hits the southern east Pacific rise.
Quake Swarms Wreck Homes in Northern Indonesia
Hundreds of tremors as powerful as magnitude 4.9 jolted Indonesia’s North Maluku province during the latter half of November, prompting the evacuation of nearly 10,000 people.
The country’s National Disaster Mitigation Agency said that residents of 19 villages in the Jailolo subdistrict of West Halmahera were forced from their homes.
The Antara news agency reports the continuous tremors have caused serious damage to 237 houses with several hundred structures, including public facilities receiving at least some damage.
The seismic activity also created 1,600-foot cracks in the ground through the village of Galala.