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‘Extremely dangerous’ Hurricane Michael nears Florida

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Washington, Oct 10 : Hurricane Michael was upgraded to an “extremely dangerous” category 4 storm on Wednesday, hours before it is due to make landfall in the US state of Florida, where it could blow ashore as the strongest storm to hit the country this year.

“This is the worst storm that our Florida Panhandle has seen in a century. Hurricane Michael is upon us, and now is the time to seek refuge,” Governor Rick Scott said.

The hurricane was expected to make landfall in the afternoon, causing “potentially catastrophic” damage to the region, CNN reported.

Michael, packing winds of 230 kph (145 mph), was moving north at 20 kph (13 mph) towards the Florida Panhandle, the National Hurricane Centre said in public advisory.

More than 370,000 people in the state were ordered to evacuate and move to higher ground. Florida, Alabama and Georgia declared a state of emergency.

Forecasters said the storm’s torrential rains were likely to cause widespread flooding, cutting off low-lying areas on the coast.

At least 13 people reportedly died in Central America over the weekend as a result of storm rains and floods.

The Florida Governor called Michael a “monstrous storm” and urged residents to listen to officials. Schools and state offices in the area will be shut this week.

State officials issued mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders in at least 22 counties on the Florida Gulf Coast.
Scott extended a state of emergency to 35 counties and activated 2,500 National Guardsmen.

President Donald Trump approved a pre-landfall emergency declaration to provide federal money and help in Florida.

Heavy rains were forecast for the Carolinas, which were drenched by Hurricane Florence in September.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told residents: “I know people are fatigued from Florence, but don’t let this storm catch you with your guard down.”

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal declared an emergency for 92 counties, while Alabama Governor Kay Ivey issued a statewide state of emergency, saying on Twitter it was “in anticipation of wide-spread power outages, wind damage and debris produced by high winds and heavy rain associated with Hurricane Michael”.

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5.1 magnitude Earthquake hits Bay of Bengal, tremors felt in Chennai

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New Delhi, Feb 12: An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 on the Richter Scale hit the Bay of Bengal on Tuesday morning. The quake struck the region at 7:02 am.

Light tremors were also felt in Chennai where people took to social media to report the quake.

However, no casualty or any damage to property was reported.

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Earthquake hits Delhi-NCR

Tremors were also felt in Delhi-NCR region and neighbouring states including Punjab.

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New Delhi, February 2: An earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter Scale hit the Hindukush region on Saturday. Tremors were also felt in Delhi-NCR region and neighbouring states including Punjab.

Meanwhile, India’s neighbouring nations Afghanistan and Pakistan also felt the tremors on Saturday afternoon. No casualties or damage to property has been reported. More details awaited. The massive quake hit the Hindukush region a day after Palghar district in Maharashtra was hit by five consecutive quakes in 24 hours.

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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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