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Note that an increase in detected earthquake numbers does not necessarily represent an increase in earthquakes per se. Population increase, habitation spread, and advances in earthquake detection technology all contribute to higher earthquake numbers being recorded over time. USGS's Earthquake Myths has more information.
A magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck Sikkim, India, on February 14, at a depth of 33 km. Two people were killed by landslides at Sherathang, and two people were injured in eastern Sikkim. Moderate damage to buildings and roads was reported in the Gangtok area.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Mariana Islands, on February 14, at a depth of 50 km.
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake struck Kardzhali Province, Bulgaria, on February 20, at a depth of 10 km. Two people were injured, at least 175 buildings slightly damaged and power and telephone service interrupted in the Murgovo area.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Manica Province, Mozambique, on February 22, at a depth of 10 km. One person was killed at Espungabera, one at Machaze and two at Beira. Thirty-six people were injured and at least 294 buildings damaged in the Espungabera-Beira-Chimoio area.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Bouvet Island, on February 23, at a depth of 2 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Fiji, on February 24, at a depth of 640 km.
A magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck south of Fiji Islands, on February 26, at a depth of 500 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Fiji, on February 26, at a depth of 33 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Hormozgan Province, Iran, on February 28, at a depth of 40 km. Six people were injured in Kahnuj, and many buildings damaged or destroyed at Faryab.
In late April 2006 large aftershocks struck Koryak Okrug, Russia. Among them were a magnitude 6.1 on April 20 (depth 10 km), a magnitude 6.1 on April 21 (depth 9 km), a magnitude 6.0 on April 21 (depth 12 km), and the largest being a magnitude 6.6 on April 29 with a depth of 11 km.
A mining accident happened in a mine near Beaconsfield, Tasmania on April 25. This left one miner dead and two others trapped for two weeks. There had been an earthquake with magnitude 2.2 at the time.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Nias, Indonesia on April 25 with a depth of 21 km.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck in the ocean west of Macquarie Island on April 26 with a depth of 10 km.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck Vanuatu on April 30 with a depth of 128 km.
Two large earthquakes struck off the coast of Atacama, Chile within 2 and a half hours on April 30. The magnitudes were 6.6 and 6.5 and both had a depth of 12 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck Tonga on April 30 with a depth of 10 km.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Java, Indonesia on May 26 at a depth of 13 km. At least 5,749 people were killed, 38,568 were injured and as many as 600,000 people were displaced in the Yogyakarta area. More than 127,000 houses were destroyed and an additional 451,000 were damaged in the area, with the total loss estimated at approximately 3.1 billion U.S. dollars. This was the deadliest earthquake of 2006.
A magnitude 6.5 earthquake followed shortly afterwards by a magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck the Rat Islands, Alaska on June 14. The mainshock had a depth of 14 km and the aftershock 29 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Northern Mid-Atlantic Ridge on June 18 at a depth of 9 km.
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake struck Gansu, China on June 20 at a depth of 24 km. Five people injured in Gansu. Twenty-five houses damaged at Xinsi. At least six buildings damaged at Linjiang and Liping. Two landslides damaged the road between Wen Xian and Wudu Counties.
A magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Samoa on September 28 at a depth of 28 km.
A magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck off the coast of Sucre, Venezuela on September 29 at a depth of 53 km. Three people were injured in the Port-of-Spain area. One building destroyed and one was damaged at California. Several buildings damaged on Tobago and in parts of northern Trinidad, including minor damage to buildings at Port-of-Spain. Power outages occurred in northern and eastern Trinidad and parts of Tobago.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck beneath Erromango, Vanuatu on October 3 at a depth of 161 km.
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Balochistan, Pakistan on October 9 at a depth of 10 km. At least three people injured in Chaman.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck to the north of Luzon, Philippines on October 9 at a depth of 14 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the southern East Pacific Rise on October 10 at a depth of 10 km.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck off the east coast of Honshu, Japan on October 10 at a depth of 9 km.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck Coquimbo, Chile on October 12 at a depth of 31 km.
A magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck Hawaii on October 15 at a depth of 39 km. Numerous people suffered minor injuries, at least 1,173 buildings damaged, roads damaged and landslides blocked roads on Hawai`i. Power outages occurred throughout the Hawaiian Islands. Damage estimated at 73 million dollars. A large magnitude 6.0 aftershock struck minutes later.
A magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck the Celebes Sea on December 12 at a depth of 214 km.
A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck northern Sumatra, Indonesia on December 17 at a depth of 30 km. Seven people killed, 100 injured and more than 680 homes damaged or destroyed in the Muarasipongi area. Landslides reported in the Muarasipongi district.
A magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck just south of Taiwan on December 26 at a depth of 23 km. Two people killed, over forty injured and several buildings damaged or destroyed. Undersea telecommunication cables were cut, disrupting voice and internet communication in much of East and Southeast Asia. Minutes later another strong earthquake of magnitude 6.9 struck the area. This can be considered an example of a doublet earthquake.
A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck the Kuril Islands, Russia on December 26 at a depth of 38 km.