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Landslides obstruct Narayangadh-Muglin road section again

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CHITWAN — Multiple landslides along the bustling Narayangadh-Muglin road section in Chitwan district have obstructed the vehicular movement since Sunday night.

Many vehicles have stuck halfway along different segments of the road because of the obstruction.  The vehicular movement from Chitwan to Kathmandu and Pokhara has come to a grinding halt. Around 7,000 vehicles pass through this section of the highway on a daily basis.

The landslides struck at Seti Dovan locality including two other areas shutting down the highway, said District Police Office, Chitwan.

Landslides at other places including Jalbire, Kerabari, Bhaludhunga and Gaighat had blocked the traffic by then.

The police teams with excavators and loaders are being mobilized to remove the landslide debris with help of dozers and loaders as torrential rainfall continues to aggravate the problem. The possibility of more landslides on the road stretch looms larger than ever.

The road section is currently under construction due to which landslides have become a common scene.

The road had remained shut for at least six hours on Sunday morning due to multiple landslides.

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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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