7.0 magnitude quake off New Caledonia, triggering tsunami warning

This photo taken and handout on November 13, 2017 by the Armed Forces of New Caledonia shows the container ship Kea Trader after it broke in two off the coast of New Caledonia. (AFP)
Updated 20 November 2017
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7.0 magnitude quake off New Caledonia, triggering tsunami warning

NOUMEA: A powerful 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck off the eastern coast of New Caledonia on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning, but there were no immediate reports of damage.
The US Geological Survey said the shallow tremor hit approximately 82 kilometers to the east of the lightly populated Loyalty Islands at around 10:45 am (2245 GMT).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued an alert saying that tsunami waves could affect areas within 300 kilometers (180 miles), which would include Vanuatu and New Caledonia, whose capital Noumea sits some 250 kilometers east of the epicenter.
Nervous residents reported feeling several tremors throughout the night before the quake hit.
“Parked cars were shaking and everyone went outside,” one official from Mare in the Loyalty Islands told AFP.
“I thought I was going to faint, I was very afraid and I rushed out of my building,” said a resident of central Noumea.
Geoscience Australia seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos said damage in the capital was unlikely.
“They will feel moderate shaking, but there is a low likelihood of damage from the earthquake itself in Noumea,” he told AFP.
A resident in Port Vila, Vanuatu, told AFP that no tsunami alert had been issued by local authorities.
Monday’s earthquake followed a series of temblors to hit the Loyalty Islands area over the past few weeks, including a 6.8-magnitude quake that struck at the end of October.
New Caledonia is part of the “Ring of Fire,” a zone of tectonic activity around the Pacific that is subject to frequent earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.


Spokesman says Pakistan’s ex-PM jail conditions deplorable

Updated 19 July 2018
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Spokesman says Pakistan’s ex-PM jail conditions deplorable

  • Analysts say cricket star and opposition candidate Imran Khan enjoys the backing of military, which has ruled Pakistan directly and indirectly for most of its 71-year history.
  • The spokesman for the Pakistan Muslim League party said the party will win the vote if the elections are not rigged.

ISLAMABAD: A spokesman for the political party of Pakistan’s jailed ex-Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif says the former leader is being held in deplorable conditions as he awaits the outcome of his appeal over a 10-year sentence on corruption charges.
Pervaiz Rashid, of the Pakistan Muslim League, says he visited Sharif in jail on Thursday.
His statement comes amid increasing political tensions ahead of Pakistan’s parliamentary elections next week.
Analysts say cricket star and opposition candidate Imran Khan enjoys the backing of military, which has ruled Pakistan directly and indirectly for most of its 71-year history.
Rashid says the Pakistan Muslim League party will win the vote if the elections are not rigged.
Sharif, who was ousted from office by the country’s Supreme Court last July, faces several trials on corruption charges.