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Magnitude 7.3 quake rocks Venezuela

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CARACAS — A massive earthquake of magnitude 7.3, the largest to strike the country since 1900, has rattled Yaguaraparo area, located off the northeastern coast of Venezuela, on Tuesday.

The US Pacific Tsunami Centre said the quake could cause tsunami waves along the coast near the epicentre, 23 miles (37 km) off Carupano. But these warnings were lifted just after 6pm local time.

A tsunami warning has been issued after major earthquake rocked Venezuela’s northern coast with powerful shocks being felt across the Caribbean.

It was centred near the town of Carupano but felt as far as neighbouring Colombia and nearby island nations like Trinidad and Tobago and St Lucia.

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Dramatic images showed supermarket shelves come crashing down in Cumana, the biggest city near the quake’s centre, with a shopping centre’s escalator collapsing over the tremors.

The quake, that lasted for a over a minute, resulted in immediate evacuation of all high-rise buildings.

The quake was felt as far away as Colombia’s capital of Bogota, where authorities briefly closed the international airport to inspect for runway damage.

The United States Geological Survey(USGS) said the earthquake had a depth of 123.2 km, and was felt as far away as Caracas.

No casualties have been reported.

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PM congratulates Nepali national cricket team

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KATHMANDU— Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has congratulated Nepali national cricket team for being able to clinch the International T20 series.

PM Oli in a tweet extended best wishes and congratulations saying he was very happy to know Nepal’s win over the UAE by 14 runs in the third match of the series.

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Winning T20 series is another landmark success for Nepali cricket, he said, adding, “It is big achievement for Nepal’s cricket. I would like to heartily congratulate entire members of Nepali cricket squad”.

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