6.0-magnitude quake hits off Japan coast, no tsunami warning

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Updated 06 October 2017
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6.0-magnitude quake hits off Japan coast, no tsunami warning

TOKYO: A 6.0-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Fukushima in Japan on Friday but there was no risk of a tsunami, officials said.
The quake hit at a relatively shallow depth of 10 kilometers (six miles) at 04:59 p.m. (0759 GMT), 255 kilometers east of Ishinomaki, according to the United States Geological Survey.
The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake posed no tsunami risk.
A 9.0-magnitude earthquake in March 2011 triggered a massive and deadly tsunami, which smashed into the Fukushima nuclear power station and sparked the world’s worst atomic accident since Chernobyl in 1986.
Its operator is working to clean up and dismantle the reactors in a process that is expected to take at least four decades.


15 militants killed in anti-terrorist operation in Mali: army

Updated 21 April 2018
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15 militants killed in anti-terrorist operation in Mali: army

  • Mali has seen a resurgence of violence in recent weeks.
  • The UN Mission in Mali has 12,000 peacekeepers in the country.

Bamako: Fifteen militants have been killed in an anti-terrorist operation in central Mali, the Malian army said on Saturday, adding that one soldier died and two others were injured.
The “terrorists” were “neutralized, their weapons recovered and their motorbikes destroyed” during Friday’s mission in the Tina forest in the Mopti region, the army said in a statement.
The army “suffered one death and two injuries.”
Mali has seen a resurgence of violence in recent weeks. Last Sunday a UN base in the historic city of Timbuktu was attacked by rocket fire and car bombs, killing one UN peacekeeper and wounding seven others.
Last month the UN Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) expressed “deep concern” over an increase in “serious violations and human rights abuses against civilians, including cases of summary execution” in the center of the country, where terrorist groups are particularly active.
MINUSMA, which has 12,000 peacekeepers in Mali, said it had recorded at least 85 major violent incidents and armed confrontations that resulted in at least 180 civilian victims since the beginning of the year.
The unrest in the former French colony stems from a 2012 Tuareg separatist uprising against the state, which was exploited by extremists in order to take over key cities in the north.
Although French forces succeeded in removing Al-Qaeda-linked groups from places such as Timbuktu, the groups have morphed into more nimble formations operating in rural areas, sometimes winning over local populations by providing basic services and protection from bandits.
The insurgency has gradually spread to the country’s center, where local grievances are sometimes exploited by radical Islamists in a region awash with guns.
In June 2015, Mali’s government signed a peace agreement with some armed groups, but other militants remain active, and large tracts of the country remain lawless.