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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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Child killed in road accident

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PASCHIM- A child has been killed and two other people sustained injuries in a vehicle accident occurred at Salle, Musikot Municipality-1, Rukum Paschim, today. 

The victim, nine-year-old Prayas BC breathed his last at the District Hospital, Salle. 

The vehicle (Ba 3 Kha 7461) was on its way towards Mulkhola from Salle. The bus fell 150 meters from the road when the driver lost control, District Police Office, Rukum Paschim, stated. 

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The injured are eight-year-old Jenis BC and the driver whose name is not known. Jenis is said to be in critical condition, Chief of the District Police and Deputy Superintendent Sumit Khadka said. 

According to police, the vehicle ran over Prayas and Jenis who were playing on the road.

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