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Landslide obstructs vehicular movement along KI Singh Highway

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DOTI — Vehicular movement along the KI Singh Highway has been obstructed due to a landslide triggered by heavy rainfall on Saturday.

According to the District Police Office, Doti, the vehicular movement has been obstructed since 7:15 this morning.

Police personnel and locals have been making efforts to resume the transport service by removing the landslide debris.

Police said that problems have been surfaced to resume the transport service as the landslide is still taking place.

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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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