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6 injured in Baitadi bus accident

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BAITADI — At least six people were injured when a bus they were travelling in met with an accident at Patan Municipality-7 in Baitadi district on Sunday.

Among to the injured, Bhojraj Joshi (60) of Baitadi and Chandra Dhami (28) of Api Municiaplity of Darchula sustained crtitical wounds and they were rushed to Kailali for treatment, DSP Mohan Prasad Pokharel of the District Police Office, Baitadi informed.

The passengers with minor injuries are being treated at a local hospital.

Police said that the incident occurred when the bus (Na 5 Kha 4565) heading towards Darchula from Mahendranagar skidded off the street and fell 30 meters down at around 3:45 am.

There were 17 persons on board the bus when the incident took place.

Police said that they have detained bus driver Bharat Bhatta (32) of Jhalari Pipaladi Municipality of Kanchanpur for investigation.

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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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