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Over 300 killed in magnitude 7.2 quake in Haiti

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(Last Updated On: August 15, 2021)

At least 304 people died and hundreds were injured after a major earthquake struck southwestern Haiti on Saturday (August 14), authorities said, reducing churches, hotels, schools, and homes to rubble in the latest tragedy to hit the impoverished Caribbean nation.

The 7.2-magnitude quake, which was followed by a series of aftershocks, struck 8 km (5 miles) from the town of Petit Trou de Nippes, about 150 km west of the capital Port-au-Prince, at a depth of 10 km, the United States Geological Survey said.

That made the temblor which was felt as far away as Cuba and Jamaica potentially bigger and shallower than the magnitude 7 earthquake 11 years ago that killed tens of thousands on the island.

This one – which occurred around 8:30 a.m. local time – hit farther away from the capital, however. In Port-au-Prince, it was strongly felt but did not appear to have caused major damage, according to Reuters witnesses.

Still, Haiti’s Civil Protection service said the preliminary death toll stood at 304, with at least 1,800 injured and more people unaccounted for. Preliminary rescue operations by emergency teams and ordinary citizens had enabled many people to already be recovered from the debris.

At least 949 homes, seven churches, two hotels, and three schools had been destroyed, it said. A further 723 homes, one prison, three health centers, and seven schools had been damaged although there was no major damage to port, airport, or telecoms infrastructure.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who flew over the region to survey the damage, declared a month-long state of emergency.

The nearest big town was Les Cayes, where many buildings collapsed or suffered major damage, according to authorities.

USGS said a significant amount of the population was at risk of landslides, with road obstructions likely. Haiti’s Civil Protection service said a landslide had blocked the highway between Les Cayes and the town of Jeremie.

The earthquake comes just over a month after the assassination of President Jovenel Moise, who had been ruling by decree, which deepened the country’s political turmoil.

 

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Gunman kills three, wounds several at Denmark mall

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(Last Updated On: July 4, 2022)

At least three people were killed and several more were wounded in a shooting at a shopping mall in the Danish capital, Copenhagen on Sunday, according to reports.

Police said that a 22-year-old Danish man was arrested over the shooting and charged with manslaughter, Reuters reported. The motive remains unclear.

The shooter killed a man in his forties and two “young people”, a man and a woman, Police Inspector Soren Thomassen said. Several more were wounded, and among those were three in critical condition.

“Denmark was hit by a cruel attack on Sunday night. Several were killed. Even more wounded. Innocent families shopping or eating out. Children, adolescents and adults,” Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said in a statement late on Sunday.

“Our beautiful and usually so safe capital was changed in a split second,” she said. “I want to encourage the Danes to stand together and support each other in this difficult time.”

The shooting happened in the late afternoon at Field’s, one of the biggest shopping malls in Scandinavia and located on the outskirts of the Danish capital.

The attack rocked Denmark at the end of an otherwise joyful week, just after it hosted the first three stages of the Tour de France cycle race. The event had sent hundreds of thousands of cheering Danes into the streets across the country.

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19 killed as bus tumbles into ravine in Balochistan, Pakistan

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(Last Updated On: July 3, 2022)

At least 19 passengers were killed and 14 injured when a bus fell into a ravine in the Dhana Sar region of Balochistan on Sunday morning, Pakistani authorities confirmed.

Assistant Commissioner Syed Mehtab Shah told Pakistan’s The Express Tribune that the bus was heading to Quetta from Rawalpindi when it tumbled into the ravine.

“Rainfall and speeding led to the incident,” he stated, adding that two students were  among the deceased.

So far four bodies have been brought to the district headquarters hospital in Zhob and a rescue operation has been launched to recover the remaining bodies, The Express Tribune reported.

“All injured people have been shifted to Zhob hospital,” Shah said.

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Five dead, 44 injured in 6.3-magnitude quake in Iran

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(Last Updated On: July 2, 2022)

Five people were killed and 44 others injured in a magnitude-6.3 earthquake in southern Iran on Saturday.

Iran’s state media reported rescue teams were deployed near the epicentre, Sayeh Khosh village, which is home to around 300 people in Hormozgan province, south of the capital, Tehran.

People went into the streets as aftershocks continued to jolt the area after the early morning quake, which also damaged buildings and infrastructure, AP reported.

The earthquake was felt in many neighboring countries, the report said.

The area has seen several moderate earthquakes in recent weeks. In November, one man died following two magnitude-6.4 and 6.3 earthquakes.

Iran lies on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average.

In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

A magnitude-7 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

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