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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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Province 6 CM gives cabinet a full shape

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SURKHET — Province 6 Chief Minister Mahendra Bahadur Shahi has expanded the provincial Cabinet to full shape on Sunday inducting four more ministers from CPN-UML and two ministers from the CPN (Maoist Centre).

CM Shahi has inducted CPN (MC) lawmakers Bimala KC has been inducted as the Minister for Internal Affairs and Land Reform, Agriculture and Cooperativesand Naresh Bhandari who has been inducted as the Minister for Internal Affairs in the cabinet.

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Likewise, CPN-UML lawmakers Nanda Singh Budha has been given the responsibility to look over Ministry of Industry, Forest, Environment and Tourism, Prakas Jwala has been appointed the Minister for Economic Affairs, Dal Rawal is the Minister for Social Development, and Khadga Bahadur Khatri will head the Ministry of Infrastructure.

The newly appointed ministers took the oath of office and secrecy from Provincial Chief Durga Keshar Khanal and assumed the office on Sunday itself.

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