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State of emergency in Italian quake-hit areas

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Rome, Oct 27 : Italy declared a state of emergency on Thursday after two strong earthquakes struck the central Apennines and said it had earmarked 40 million euros for the disaster.

Premier Matteo Renzi was due to visit the area of central Italy where the quakes late on Wednesday panicked residents, allegedly causing one to die of a heart attack, slightly injured dozens, badly damaged many buildings, knocked out power lines and left thousands homeless.

Wednesday magnitude 5.4 quake struck near Visso in the Marche region’s Macerata province and was followed by a 5.9 magnitude tremor in the same area two hours later.

The quakes were felt in the capital Rome and other cities hundreds of miles away.

The quake area has been rattled by hundreds of aftershocks since Wednesday and there were three more tremors with magnitudes of above 4 on Thursday.

Across the region, hospitals, a university residence, a care home and the prison in the badly damaged hilltop town of Camerino were evacuated, while schools remained closed on Thursday as safety checks were carried out.

Visso is 70 km northwest of Amatrice, which was flattened in a magnitude 6.2 quake that devastated towns in the same region on August 24, killing at least 297 people, two-thirds of them in Amatrice.

Historic buildings have been damaged in Wednesday’s quake zone, the rugged Sibilillini mountain range, which straddles the central regions of Marche and Umbria and is located about 120 km northeast of Rome.

Tearful residents filed past the 15th-century church of San Salvatore in the village of Campi di Norcia, which was razed by Wednesday’s quakes, and an a historic church in the town Norcia was partially destroyed.

Rescue teams have been struggling to reach some areas but officials say the situation is not “catastrophic”.

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Mount Sinabung volcano erupts, spewing a 5,000-metre ash into sky

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Jakarta, Feb 19: The Mount Sinabung volcano in Indonesia’s Sumatra Island erupted on Monday, spewing columns of ash as high as five km into the sky. 

Head of National Volcanology Agency Kasbani stated the hot ash slides were 4.9 km to the southeast of the crater and 3.5 km to the east.

“This is the highest eruption for this year,” he told Xinhua news agency.

However, Kasbani said the ash from the volcano does not disturb flights.

“The ash does not head to Medan city and compounds of Kualanamu international airport,” he further added.

Mount Sinabung volcano had been quiet for four centuries before erupting in 2010. The volcano had also erupted in 2014 and 2016.

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Major 7.5 magnitude earthquake hits Mexico

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People react after an earthquake shook buildings in Mexico City, Mexico on February 16, 2018. (PC- Reuters)

Mexico City, Feb 17: A powerful earthquake shook southern Mexico on Saturday as people fled out of buildings in capital Mexico City when the ground was shaking.

According to the US Geological Survey, the earthquake was measured 7.5 on the Richter scale 4 km south of Pinotepa de Don Luis with the epicenter at a depth of 10 km, Xinhua reported.

Strong tremors were felt in Mexico City and quake alarms were triggered in the city.

In a major street near the capital’s Chinatown, the traffic was temporarily halted as crowds of people are gathering outside, checking updates about the earthquake through cellphones.

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Six people confirmed dead in 6.5-magnitude Taiwan earthquake

A power outage affected 1,900 households and 40,000 households are without water, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.

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A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake jolted waters near Taiwan’s east coast on Tuesday night, killing at least six people and injuring over 200.

The death toll stood at six as of 8:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday with at least 258 others injured in the strong, 6.5-magnitude earthquake, Taiwan’s emergency operation center said in a statement.

The statement said 67 people were still unaccounted for.

The head of Hualien Tzu Chi General Hospital said that six injured tourists from the Chinese mainland are being treated in the hospital, one of whom suffered a severe foot injury while the other is in critical condition.

Local media said that a 45-year-old woman from the Chinese mainland, who was seriously injured in the earthquake, died at 9:00 p.m. local time on Wednesday. However, authorities have yet to confirm the news.

After the earthquake, Director of Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council Zhang Zhijun had a telephone conversation with the head of Hualien, promising to provide emergency assistance and rescue teams.

An emergency response mechanism has also been initiated by the Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARATS) and Taiwan Affairs Office of the State Council.

According to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC), the earthquake struck waters near Hualien County at around 11:50 p.m. Tuesday at a depth of 11 kilometers.

Photos and videos circulating on social media show collapsed buildings, tilted structures and damaged roads and bridges.

Local media said four buildings including the Marshal Hotel, Yun Tsui building and two residential buildings were among the damaged structures.

The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks including several measuring over 5-magnitude.

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A power outage affected 1,900 households and 40,000 households are without water, according to Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center.

About 40 roads have been damaged and two bridges, including Qixing Tan, sealed off.

Train service to the city center is still available in Hualien but at a slower speed, according to Xinhua News Agency.

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