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Wildfire destroys more than 10,000 hectares of forest in Kanchanpur

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Wildfires in different community and national forests including Shuklaphant Wildlife Reserve Area have destroyed over 10,000 hectares of forests.

The District Forest Office informed that the fires have destroyed over 50 community forests and national forests as well.

Assistant Forestry officer at the Office Bishweshwar Joshi stated that the wildfire has caused damage to the biodiversity including trees and wild animals as well.

Though locals, forest officials and Nepal Army team were working out to douse the fire, it is yet to be doused.

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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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