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5 Nepalis killed in India road accident

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KATHMANDU — At least five Nepalis were killed in a bus truck collision in Uttar Pradesh of India on Monday.  Other 28 persons were injured in the incident.

The incident took place when the bus (Na 4 Kha 7687) heading towards Delhi from Butwal via Nepalgunj collided head-on with the truck at Risiya in Baharaich of Uttar Pradesh yesterday night.

A police team under the charge of Inspector Pramod Kumar Chhetri has been sent to the incident site to inquire about the accident, according to DSP Tek Prasad Rai of the District Police Office, Banke.

Preparations are underway to bring the bodies to Nepal, he added.

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Magnitude 8.2 quake rattles Fiji

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A massive quake of magnitude 8.2 struck in the Pacific Ocean close to Fiji and Tonga on Sunday but it was so deep that it was not expected to cause any damage, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The US Tsunami Warning Center also said the quake was too deep to cause a tsunami.

The quake was 347.7 miles (560 km) below the Earth which would have dampened the shaking at the surface.

“I would not expect any damage. People will feel it but it’s so deep that I would not expect any damage,” USGS geophysicist Jana Pursley said by telephone.

The quake was initially reported as a magnitude 8.0 and then upgraded to 8.2, a magnitude that could cause tremendous damage had it not been so deep.

The epicenter was located 167 miles (270 km) east of Levuka in Fiji and 275 miles (443 km) west of Neiafu in Tonga.

The area is located on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire.

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