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Sindur Jatra observed in Thimi

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BHAKTAPUR — Locals of Thimi, an ancient city situated in the outskirts of Khatmandu, spread themselves with Sindur (vermillion powder) and celebrated the Sindoor Jatra Festival on Thursday.

The festival is celebrated each year on second day of Nepali month Baishakh as part of Bisket Jatra observed by people from Newar community in Bhaktapur district.

The festival welcomes the Nepali New Year and imprints the landing of spring season.

During the festival chariots containing the images of various gods and goddesses are carried across the city by dancing devotees.

Sindur Jatra observed in Thimi

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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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