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Ratna Park earns highest on New Year’s Day

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KATHMANDU — Ratna Park, the Valley’s most iconic landmark, has made the highest trade per day in its history.

The Park earned Rs 103,000 on the Nepali New Year’s Day on Wednesday.

Ratna Park and Rani Pokhari Unit Chief, Hari Sharan KC, said a total of 3,602 commoners and 90 students visited the park on the day.

Huge number of visitors inside the park has been attributed to a new facelift and management the park received and the cost-free internet service.

The free internet facility was set up at the park on March 18.

“In the earlier days average earning of the park used to hover around Rs 25,000 per day,” KC said. The entrance fee to the park is fixed at Rs 25 per public and Rs 15 for students.

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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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