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Italy earthquake claims 247 lives

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Rome, Aug 25: A strong earthquake of 6.2 magnitude that struck the mountains in central Italy on Wednesday, has resulted in at least 247 deaths and affected several villages and towns, according to Civil Protection Department officials.

More than 360 others were injured and many were still believed to be buried under rubble with over 4,300 rescuers deployed to find them.

Earlier Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said that “At least 120 people have been killed and 368 injured in an earthquake that hit a mountainous area of central Italy.” italy-quake-wefornewsHowever, “This is not a final toll,” Renzi warned.

A series of aftershocks occurred in the region, toppling scores of buildings, according to reports.

Many persons are still believed to be trapped beneath building debris, while rescue operations are underway to reach remote villages and towns levelled in the quake.italy-wefornews

The Prime Minister had paid tribute to the volunteers and civil defence personnel who rushed to the scene in the mid-night and used their bare hands to rescue people.

The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10 km. The epicentre of the quake was in Norcia in Umbria, about 170 km north-east of Rome, while the hardest hit were the towns of Amatrice, Accumoli and Pescara del Tronto.ITALY EARTHQUAKe-wefornewsMuch of the town of Amatrice was reduced to rubble. Amatrice is famous for its traditional all’amatriciana pasta sauce, and was gearing up to hold a festival celebrating the recipe this weekend, CNN reported.

The town is popular with holidaymakers and most of the 2,500 people left displaced by the earthquake were said to be visitors.

The Italian branch of the Red Cross pressed 20 ambulances and sniffer dogs to affected areas alongside the Italian Defence Ministry.

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Quake of 4.7 magnitude hits Meghalaya

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Shillong, Dec 11 : A moderate intensity quake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale today shook Meghalaya but there was no report of any casualty.

Officials at the Regional Seismological Centre here said the epicentre was at a depth of 60 km in remote East Garo Hills district.

The quake, that lasted for a few seconds, occurred at around 9.05 am.

Meghalaya and the seven other north eastern states fall in Zone 5 of the country’s earthquake zoning map.

According to the zoning map, Zone 5 is associated with the highest level of seismicity.

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Earthquake hits Uttarakhand, tremors felt in Delhi-NCR

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NEW DELHI: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake jolted people in Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) on Wednesday night.
The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) said the moderate intensity quake originated in Uttarakhand’s Rudraprayag district at a depth of 30 kilometres.

Earlier, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the epicenter of the quake was located 121 km east of Dehradun in Uttarakhand.

Tremors were also felt in different parts of the country.

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Quake jolts area near North Korea n-test site

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Pyongyang, Dec 2 : An earthquake measuring 2.5 on the Richter scale on Saturday rocked North Korea’s Kilju county, close to the site where Pyongyang recently conducted a nuclear test.

The tremor occurred at 7.45 a.m., with an epicentre 2.7 km away from the Punggye-ri Nuclear Test Site located in North Hamgyong province, reports Efe news.

The Seoul-based Korea Meteorological Administration said the quake was natural in origin, however, since the latest North Korean nuclear test on September 3, several tremors measuring up to 3.0 on the Richter scale have shaken the area.

Since 2006, North Korea has carried out six nuclear tests at the site, with the last three taking place in 2016 and 2017.

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