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Tsunami warning issued after magnitude 7.2 quake strikes off Vanuatu

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VANUATU — A large 7.2 quake struck off the coast of the South Pacific islands of Vanuatu on Sunday and the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre has warned of tsunamis.

The quake struck 151 km (94 miles) north northwest of Santo on Vanuatu and was 35 km profound, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The shallower a quake, the more damage it is likely to cause. USGS first measured the quake at 10 km deep.

“Hazardous tsunami waves” were possible for coasts within 300 kilometres of the earthquake’s epicentre, the Centre warned.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

Earthquakes are common in the area and even large tremors often cause no tsunamis.

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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.

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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