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3 dead in Java quake, another 7.0 jolts Papua New Guinea

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Canberra, Oct 11: Two major quakes hit Indonesia and Papua New Guinea located in the Pacific Ring of Fire on Thursday, killing at least three people in Java.

An earthquake measuring 6.0 on the Richter struck off the coast of the islands of Java and Bali in Indonesia killing three people in buildings than shattered like a house of cards, Efe news reported.

The quake occurred in the Bali Sea located between the islands of Bali and Java.

Sutopo Purwo Nugroho, spokesperson for the Indonesian Disaster Prevention Agency tweeted images of several destroyed buildings that the victims were found in the Sumenep district of Java.

Later a 7.0 quake shook the New Britain island of Papua New Guinea (PNG), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

It occurred at a depth of 40.3 km at 6.48 a.m. and the epicentre was located some 117 km east of Kimbe, the capital of the province of Western New Britain, with a population of 27,000.

The Pacific Tsunami Centre had initially warned of huge waves but the alert was later cancelled. There were no immediate reports of damage in PNG.

The USGS said the hypocentre of the Indonesian tremor was located about 10 km below the ocean floor. It struck at 49.5 km northeast of Panji in eastern Java and 157 km northwest of Denpasar in Bali.

The latest quake came on the same day when the Indonesian authorities planned to conclude the search for victims of the quake-tsunami that struck its Sulawesi Island on September 28.

The latest toll in the September quake is 2,045 from that disaster while around 5,000 are still missing, possibly trapped under mud and debris.

The Australian Tsunami Warning Centre also reported no risk for Australian coastlines. The PNG earthquake was followed by three aftershocks of between 5.7 and 6.2 magnitude.

Indonesia and Papua New Guinea are located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, a geologically active region which frequently experiences tremors.

The Indonesian archipelago is in an area that experiences intense seismic and volcanic movements, which produce about 7,000 earthquakes each year, most of which are of moderate magnitude.

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Indonesia’s Sulawesi island volcano erupts,spewing ashes upto 7.5 km high

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Jakarta, Dec 16 : A volcano erupted in Indonesia’s North Sulawesi province on Sunday, spewing a column of ash measuring 7.5 km to the sky.

Mount Soputan erupted twice — first at 7.43 a.m. and the second at 8.57 a.m., an agency spokesman told Xinhua news agency.

There were no reports of casualties and the ash was not considered a threat to aviation, agency spokesman Sutopo Nugroho said on Sunday.

Ashes were spread toward south west and south of the crater and small tremors jolted the area.

“In anticipating the hot ash from sliding into the flank of the volcano and flows of cool lava, the community is prohibited from having activities at the radius of 4 km from the crater, and for the area at southwest of the crater the no go-zone has been declared at 6.5 km,” the spokesman said.

Mount Soputan is one of 129 active volcanoes in Indonesia which lies on a vulnerable quake-hit zone called “the Pacific Ring of Fire”.

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Heavy rainfall in Andhra, Tamil Nadu this weekend – IMD

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New Delhi, Dec 11 : A low pressure intensifying in the Bay of Bengal is expected to bring a heavy spell of rain to Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu by this weekend, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said on Tuesday.

“The low-pressure area over central parts of the south Bay of Bengal and adjoining equatorial Indian Oceans is likely to intensify into a deep depression during the next three days, bringing moderate to heavy rainfall in the south coastal Andhra Pradesh and north Tamil Nadu,” the IMD said.

With wind speed expected to reach 50-60 km/hour, the IMD has also issued a warning to fishermen to “not venture into the above sea areas”.

According to the Skymet Weather’s forecast, the low-pressure area is tracking in west-northwest direction towards Tamil Nadu coast. “As the system nears, we expect scattered rains to commence over coastal Tamil Nadu including Chennai around December 14,” it said.

By December 17, however, this weather system will move away towards northwest leading to a significant decrease in rain activity.

For the next 48 hours, the IMD has forecast the Chennai skies to be generally cloudy. The maximum temperature will be 31 degrees Celsius and the minimum 24 degrees Celsius.

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Tsunami alert on Pacific islands after 7.5-magnitude earthquake

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Noumea (New Caledonia), Dec 5: A 7.5 magnitude quake hit the coast of the Pacific island of New Caledonia, prompting warnings that tsunami waves of up to three metres can reach New Caledonia and Vanuatu.

The quake struck at a depth of about 10 kilometre at 4.18 GMT, the US Geological Survey reports. The epicentre was recorded as 168km east-south-east of Tadine, a town on France’s New Caledonia.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management though tweeted that there was no tsunami threat to the nation’s coasts even though the tsunami alert issued for coasts within 1,000km, the BBC reported.

The USGS also recorded a series of aftershocks, two of them at 5.9 magnitude.

New Caledonia has a population of about 270,000 and is part of the Pacific’s “ring of fire”, where many earthquakes occur.

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