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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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Over 20,000 drivers taken action through CCTV monitoring

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KATHMANDU— The Metropolitan Traffic Police Division (MTPD) has effectively launched monitoring of vehicles plying on the road through close circuit (CC) camera in Kathmandu valley.

Traffic Police are keeping a close watch on drivers to check whether they are following the traffic rules or not.

A total of 20,024 drivers of various vehicles faced action based on such monitoring. The police begun this bid since 2073 BS and it has become effective so far, said SSP Basanta Panta of the Traffic Division.

Most of the cases were related to violation of the traffic lane and driving on ‘one way’ roads, he added.

The police are monitoring the traffic activities through 460 close circuit cameras installed at the Division Office, Ranipokhari.

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