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Sushma Swaraj expresses condolences over US-Bangla plane crash

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NEW DELHI — External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj has expressed her condolences and sympathies for the loss of lives in the crash of the US-Bangla airlines in Kathmandu on Monday.

“EAM Sushma Swaraj spoke to Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmud Ali and expressed deepest condolences and sympathies for the loss of lives in the crash of US-Bangla airlines in Kathmandu,” External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

“EAM offered any assistance required in Kathmandu and shared thoughts and prayers for those injured,” the tweet added.

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The US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA) at Kathmandu on Monday claiming 49 lives, a release from Civil Aviation Authority Nepal stated.

The plane, which was en route to Kathmandu from Dhaka, had 33 Nepali, 32 Bangladeshi, one Chinese and one Maldivian passenger on board.

The reason behind the crash of the 17-year old aircraft is yet to be established, but the rescuers and other aviation staffs have recovered the black box of the aircraft.

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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.

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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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