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22 dead as train derails in Taiwan

All of the wounded, some of whom suffered grievous injuries, were brought to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.

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Taipei, Oct 21 : At least 22 people died and 171 other passengers were injured Sunday when a train derailed near the Taiwanese capital, the country’s emergency services said.

The high-speed Puyuma Express, which was carrying around 366 passengers, came off the tracks and overturned at around 4.50pm local time in Yilan County, in the island’s northeast, as it travelled between Shulin and Taitung along a coastal route popular with tourists, Efe reported.

With the support of around 120 military personnel, rescue teams managed to extract all of the passengers from the eight train cars, the firefighting service said.

All of the wounded, some of whom suffered grievous injuries, were brought to nearby hospitals for medical treatment.

The train derailed on a curve in the tracks and smashed into a concrete pillar.

Several of the wagons dropped off the raised track.

The Taiwanese government said it would open an investigation into the accident.

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6.2-magnitude quake jolts Indonesia

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Jakarta, Jan 22: An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale rocked East Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia on Tuesday, but was not potential for tsunami, the country’s meteorology and geophysics agency said.

There was no initial report of damage, the agency said.

The quake had epicentre at 103 km southwest of Sumba Barat district of the province and a depth of 10 km under sea bed, official in charge of meteorology and geophysics agency Aziz Sugiarso said.

“For this quake, there were no signs of tsunami to occur so that we did not issue a warning for that,” he told Xinhua.

“We have not got any damages or casualty triggered by the quake,” he said.

Nine minutes after the quake, an aftershock of 5.2-magnitude struck off the province, the official said.

Indonesia is prone to quake as it lies on a vulnerable quake-impacted zone so called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.
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Earthquake of 6.0 magnitude hits Nicobar Islands region

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New Delhi, Jan 17: An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter scale struck the Andaman and Nicobar Islands region on Thursday.

As per the India Meteorological Department (IMD), the quake struck at 8:23 am at a depth of 84 kilometres.

No loss of life or damage to property has been reported so far.

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Low intensity earthquake hits Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 11: A low-intensity earthquake measuring three on the Richter scale hit the Kashmir Valley on Friday, with no reports of casualties or damage.

The earthquake occurred at 8.21 a.m. at a depth of 10 km. The epicentre was in the Jammu and Kashmir region, an official of the disaster management department said.

“The coordinates of the tremor were latitude 34.1 degrees north and longitude 74.8 degrees east.”

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