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Italy to offer quake aid to Iran, Iraq

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Rome, Nov 14: The Italian government is ready to aid the victims of the powerful tremor that killed over 400 people, injured thousands and left tens of thousands homeless on the border between Iran and Iraq, Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni has tweeted.

“Hundreds of victims of the earthquake in Iran and Iraq. Italy is close those affected and ready to help the affected countries,” read Gentiloni’s tweet on Monday.

The magnitude 7.3 quake struck about 30 km southwest of Halabja, near the northeastern border with Iran, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Iran’s state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) news agency raised the death toll in the Sunday night earthquake to 407, making it the deadliest earthquake of 2017. At least 6,650 people were injured in the quake which occurred at a depth of 33.9 km, Press TV reported.

At least 70,000 people needed shelter after the quake, one of the largest this year, according to one Iranian aid agency cited by the BBC.

About 1.8 million people live within 100 km of the epicentre, the UN estimates.

On the Iraqi side, the most extensive damage was reported in the town of Darbandikhan in the Kurdistan Region.

Many homes in the predominantly Kurdish mountainous area are made of mud bricks and risk collapsing during major earthquakes like Sunday’s.

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Indonesia volcano erupts, forces evacuation

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Jakarta, May 11: Indonesia’s Mount Merapi erupted on Friday spewing 5,500-metre high column of volcanic ash, forcing residents to evacuate.

The volcano situated in the borders of Klaten, Magelang and Boyolali districts erupted at 7.30 a.m., Xinhua news agency quoted national disaster management agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho as saying.

Volcanic ash rain has occurred in Tugu Kaliurang and is forecast to persist in the south of the crater, he said.

To prevent the risks especially, the local officials have distributed masks, Sutopo added.

“Local disaster agency has instructed the villagers living in the radius 5 km from the crater to evacuate immediately,” he told Xinhua.

A 3 km no-go zone has been declared by the volcanology agency.

Mount Merapi is an active stratovolcano and has regularly erupted since 1948.

It is located about 28 km north of Yogyakarta city which has a population of 2.4 million and thousands of people live on the flanks of the volcano.

Pyrolastic flow from a large explosion killed 27 people on November 1994, and another large eruption occurred in 2006. Mount Merapi is one of Indonesias 129 active volcanoes.

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Earthquake tremors felt in Jammu and Kashmir

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Srinagar, May 9: A ‘moderate’ earthquake hit Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday sending people running out of buildings in panic.

“A moderate intensity earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale occurred in Jammu and Kashmir at 4.11 p.m.,” Sonam Lotus, director of the local Met department told IANS.

“The epicentre of the tremor was in Afghanistan-Tajakistan region. Its latitude was 36.9 degrees north while its longitude was 71.3 degrees east. Its depth was 96 km,” he added.

Tremors were felt in both the Valley and the Jammu region. At several places, people rushed out of homes, offices and other workplaces in panic.

However, no reports of any casualty or damage to property have been received so far.

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5.1 magnitude earthquake hits Pakistan, Afghanistan

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New Delhi, May 9: A moderate 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit Pakistan and Afghanistan on Wednesday. 

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