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6.1-magnitude quake jolts Japan

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Tokyo, Oct 23: An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale jolted Japan’s Okinawa prefecture on Tuesday but no tsunami warning was issued, the weather agency said.

According to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the temblor’s epicentre was located at a latitude of 24.0 degrees north and a longitude of 122.6 degrees east, and at depth of 30 km, reports Xinhua news agency.

The JMA said the earthquake posed no risk of triggering a tsunami.

There have been no reports of injury or damage to people or vessels in the vicinity of Yonagunijima as a result of the quake.

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California wildfire death toll rises to 83

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San Francisco, Nov 22: The death toll from a wildfire in northern California has increased to 83, authorities said.

The number of missing in what is known as “Camp Fire” dropped to 563, 136 fewer than the number counted on Tuesday and almost half the figure posted earlier this week, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said on Wednesdsay.

Firefighters have controlled 85 per cent of the fire, which has burned 62,052 hectares and is the most catastrophic in terms of fatalities in the history of the state, reports Efe news.

The fire broke out on November 8 and in a few hours destroyed the town of Paradise, which had a population of 26,000.

The flames destroyed around 13,500 households and about 500 shops, and still threaten another 5,100 buildings.

President Donald Trump, who visited the affected area last week, urged Congress on Tuesday to take measures that “improve forest management and help prevent wildfires”, which, according to the President, “can stop the devastation constantly going on in California”.

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Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake – Fiji Islands Region

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake – Fiji Islands Region on Sunday, on

18-11-2018 20:25:46 (UTC) 1 hours, 4 minutes ago
18-11-2018 21:25:46 (UTC +01:00) Italian time
19-11-2018 09:25:46 (UTC +13:00) local time in the region of the earthquake (Pacific/Fiji)
and geographic coordinates (lat, lon) -17.96, -178.78 at 537 km depth.

The earthquake was located by: Sala Sismica INGV-Roma.

Search earthquakes: Any within 30 km radius

The values of hypocentral coordinates and magnitude may be revised at a later time as more information becomes available.

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Cyclone Gaja: Death toll in Tamil Nadu reaches to 33

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Chennai, Nov 17: The death toll due to cyclonic storm Gaja, which hit coastal districts of Tamil Nadu, has reached to 33, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said on Saturday.

Addressing media at Salem, Palaniswami stated that 20 men, 11 women, and 2 children died due to the cyclone that crossed the Tamil Nadu coast between Nagapattinam and Vedaranyam districts between 12.30 a.m. and 2.30 a.m. on Friday.

The cyclone left a trail of destruction in Nagapattinam, Thanjavur, Thiruvarur, Cuddalore, Pudukkottai and Ramanathapuram districts.

Due to the cyclone, 70 livestock and several goats, poultry and deer have also died.

Some 127,000 trees were uprooted by the strong cyclonic winds that touched a maximum speed of about 120 kmph, the Chief Minister added.

The state government is distributing water, milk and food to the people affected by the calamity.

About 177,500 people are staying in 351 relief camps in the cyclone-affected areas.

According to the Chief Minister, about 30,000 electricity poles were broken, and 105 power sub-stations affected.

About 10,000 personnel have deployed in the cyclone-affected coastal districts to repair the installations.

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