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Japan court upholds damages over student tsunami deaths: report 26.4.2018 General News
A Japanese appeals court today upheld a ruling awarding millions of dollars in compensation to families of children swept out to sea by the massive 2011 tsunami, local media said. In 2016, the Sendai district court ruled two local governments should pay a combined 1.43 billion yen ($13.7 million) to 29 plaintiffs -- parents of 23 children who were killed in the disaster. The victims, from the public Okawa Elementary School in the city of Ishinomaki, were among a total of 74 children who perished in rising waters after being told to wait for more than 40 minutes in school grounds with teachers, 10 of whom also died. The plaintiffs argued their children would have survived if they had been evacuated in time. The local governments appealed the 2016 decision, but on Thursday the Sendai High Court said the lower court ruling was correct, local media reported. "(The school) should have been able to forecast before the occurrence of the quake that a tsunami would reach the school," ...
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'Tsunami' of match-fixing in lower-level tennis: review panel 25.4.2018 General News
Lower-level tennis has a "tsunami"-like problem with match-fixing, according to a review panel set up to look into allegations of corruption in the sport which published its findings today. The Independent Review Panel (IRP) says there is a "very significant" corruption problem at "lower and middle levels of the sport", and especially in the men's game. The panel was set up in January 2016 following allegations made by the BBC and Buzzfeed that leading players, including Grand Slam winners, were involved in suspected match-fixing and that evidence had been suppressed. The panel -- which spoke to over 100 players and according to the BBC cost 20 million (USD 27.9 million, 22.8 million euros) to fund -- found no evidence to support those allegations. However, the highest level competitions and governing bodies did not escape criticism. Investigation at Grand Slam events was deemed "insufficient" by the report, while other enquiries were "inappropriate or ineffective, resulting in missed
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Tsunami' of match-fixing in lower-level tennis: review panel 25.4.2018 General News
Lower-level tennis has a "tsunami"-like problem with match-fixing, according to a review panel set up to look into allegations of corruption in the sport which published its findings on Wednesday. The Independent Review Panel (IRP) says there is a "very significant" corruption problem at "lower and middle levels of the sport", and especially in the men's game. The panel was set up in January 2016 following allegations made by the BBC and Buzzfeed that leading players, including Grand Slam winners, were involved in suspected match-fixing and that evidence had been suppressed.
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6.4 quake off eastern Indonesia, tsunami alert lifted: seismic monitors 26.3.2018 General News
A 6.4 magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia in the early hours today, triggering a brief tsunami alert that was swiftly lifted, according to seismic monitoring organisations. The quake struck deep at some 171 kilometres below the surface of the earth in the Banda Sea, the US Geological Survey said. A tsunami alert was initially triggered by the Indian Ocean Tsunami Warning and Mitigation System (IOTWMS). However IOTWMS followed up with a second bulletin that said there was "no threat to countries in the Indian Ocean". The quake's epicentre was located in a sparsely inhabited part of the Banda Sea, 222 kilometres northwest from Indonesia's Tanimbar Islands and 380 kilometres from Ambon, the capital of Maluku province. A similar 6.1 magnitude quake hit close to today's epicentre on 26 February and caused no damage. Indonesia sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a seismic activity hotspot. It is frequently hit by quakes, most of them harmless. However the archipelago ..
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Samvedna: IAF`s first composite HADR air exercise in South Asia begins from Monday 11.3.2018 Zee News : India National
IAF's first composite HADR air exercise in South Asia begins from March 12-17.
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Curtain Raiser for Multilateral air Exercise (MAE) from 12-16 Mar 18 at HQ SAC 10.3.2018 Govt of india: PIB
A Multilateral Air Force exercise, ‘Ex Samvedna’, is being spearheaded by Indian Air Force and conducted by Southern Air Command (SAC) from 12-17 Mar 18. ‘Samvedna’ means ‘Empathy’ and will ensure better understanding and sharing of response procedures between a number of friendly neighbouring nations.
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Multilateral HADR Air Force exercise from March 12-17 10.3.2018 General News
The first Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) exercise of the Indian Air Force in association with South Asian Region nations will be held off the coast of Kerala from March 12 to 17. The multilateral exercise named 'Samvedna' is the first composite HADR exercise in the South Asian Region and would involve representatives from air forces of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal and the UAE, a defence release said here today. The objective of the exercise is to galvanise all stakeholders in synergising a unified HADR efforts, it said. The entire settings of the exercise is based on a scenario of a tsunami in the western coast of India originating from an earthquake in Makran subduction zone and resulting in post-tsunami disaster management along the western coast and western islands of India. According to the release, the exercise, hosted by the Southern Air Command, will provide a clear understanding of the scope, role and task, including challenges in air operations and ensure .
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Strong 6.8 quake hits off Papua New Guinea 9.3.2018 General News
A powerful 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit off the Papua New Guinea coast early today, officials said, but there was no tsunami warning or immediate reports of damage. The quake struck at 3:39am local time at a depth of 15 kilometres about 20 kilometres offshore of the New Ireland town of Taron, the US Geological Survey said. A spokesman for the Port Moresby-based National Disaster Management Office said there were no immediate reports of damage but regional disaster management teams would carry out assessments later in the day. "We've been in contact with the regional office and they are going out to check it," he told AFP. The epicentre was more than 800 kilometres east of the 7.5-magnitude quake that hit the highlands region of the Pacific nation on February 26, killing at least 67 people. PNG sits on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire, a hotspot for seismic activity. Its mountainous and remote terrain means it often takes several days for information about damage from quakes to reach
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Shallow 6.1-magnitude quake hits off eastern Indonesia: USGS 26.2.2018 General News
A 6.1-magnitude earthquake struck off eastern Indonesia late today, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) said, but no tsunami warning was issued. The quake had a depth of 11.9 kilometres and its epicentre was in the Seram Sea around 194 kilometres northwest of Ambon, capital of Maluku province, according to USGS. There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.
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India's insular dilemma in Maldives (Comment: Special to IANS) 8.2.2018 All News-IANS Stories
One hopes that Indian diplomats and national-security managers are doing some serious soul-searching about how and why events spun, so swiftly, out of control in neighbouring Maldives.
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Activists chain themselves to New Zealand oil exploration ship's resupply vessel 31.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
Greenpeace activists on Wednesday chained themselves to the supply ship of an oil exploration vessel in New Zealand's Taranaki port to stop the ship from producing seismic waves through blasts in the seabed that they say adversely impacts the environment and marine life.
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Powerful 7.9 Alaska earthquake prompts tsunami alert 23.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
A powerful earthquake measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale struck the Gulf of Alaska in the US on Tuesday, prompting a tsunami warning along the coastline that urged people in the affected areas to head to higher ground.
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8.2 magnitude quake hits off Alaska: USGS 23.1.2018 General News
A powerful earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off the southern coast of Alaska early today, prompting tsunami warnings. The quake struck at 0931 GMT in the Gulf of Alaska, 280 kilometers southeast of the town of Kodiak, the US Geological Survey said. The epicenter was 10 kilometers under the seabed. Tsunami warnings were issued for Alaska and the west coast of Canada, the National Tsunami Warning Center said. Less-ominous tsunami watches were issued for the US west coast -- the entire coasts of California and Oregon and part of Washington state. In Alaska, authorities urged coast dwellers to seek safety. "If you are located in this coastal area, move inland to higher ground," the Anchorage Office of Emergency Management said. "Tsunami warnings mean that a tsunami with significant inundation is possible or is already occurring. Tsunamis are a series of waves dangerous many hours after initial arrival time. The first wave may not be the largest.
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Strong quake rocks Jakarta, 6.0 magnitude: USGS 23.1.2018 General News
Indonesia's capital Jakarta was rocked today by a strong earthquake which forced some buildings to be evacuated, but there was no immediate tsunami threat or reported injuries, a government agency said. The United States Geological Survey said the 6.0 magnitude quake struck at a depth of 43 kilometres. That contrasted with an initial report from the Indonesian Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics agency, which said the quake had a 6.4 magnitude at a shallower 10 kilometre depth. The epicentre was off the coast, about 130 kilometres southwest of the sprawling city. Indonesia sits on the Pacific "Ring of Fire" where tectonic plates collide, causing frequent seismic and volcanic activity. At least three people were killed following a 6.5- magnitude earthquake just outside the coastal town of Cipatujah on Java island in mid-December. The tremor was felt across the densely populated island, causing damage to hundreds of houses and other buildings. An earthquake struck ...
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China to build its own mangrove museum 23.1.2018 General News
China will build its own mangrove museum in Shenzhen, the provincial forestry authority announced on Monday.It will be jointly built by the State Forestry Administration and the municipal government of Shenzhen. The museum is expected to be ready by next year, reported Xinhua.It will be a world-class mangrove education and research centre and will showcase China's achievements in protecting and studying the mangrove plants. More than two million visitors are expected to visit the museum.Along with the display of mangrove species from around the world, the museum will also have a laboratory and dedicated rooms for conducting lectures and international forums.Mangroves are salt-tolerant trees found in coastal and marshy areas. They are found mostly in tropical and subtropical tidal areas.Sri Lanka opened its own first mangrove museum last year, also dedicated to the protection and display of various mangrove trees.
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Aiming to be first Indian to traverse both Poles in a year 22.1.2018 All News-IANS Stories
He aims to cross the Antarctica, not merely to become the first Indian to traverse both the poles -- North and South -- in under one year, but for a larger cause: Raising awareness about climate change.
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Odisha institute to train people on rescuing disaster victims 19.1.2018 General News
Odisha government would establish an institute for training people on how to rescue victims of natural disasters such as tsunamis, cyclones and floods. The State Institute of Disaster Management (SIDM), to be set up at Gothapatna here, will also conduct research activities related to disaster management, an officer of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority (OSDMA) said. Personnel of the fire brigade, the police, civil defence and volunteers who are engaged in rescue operations in the event of natural disasters would be given training at SIDM, said OSDMA Commissioner-cum-Secretary and Managing Director, B P Sethi. The decision to set up the institute was taken at the Governing Body meeting of OSDMA yesterday, under the chairmanship of Chief Secretary A P Padhi. Odisha has been a victim of several natural disasters during the course of the last few decades, including the Super Cyclone of 1999. Another project, the Early Warning Dissemination System, is almost in ..
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2 killed as magnitude 7.3 quake hits off Peru 14.1.2018 General News
At least two people were killed and 65 others injured when a magnitude 7.3 earthquake hit just off the southern coast of Peru on Sunday, sparking tsunami fears.
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PNG volcanic eruption sparks further evacuations 14.1.2018 General News
Thousands of residents of an island near a Papua New Guinea volcano have been evacuated after escalating eruptions sparked fears of a possible landslide and tsunami, authorities and reports said today. The previously dormant volcano, more than 500 metres (1,640 feet) high, on the northern island of Kadovar off PNG erupted on January 5 with all 600 residents evacuated. But volcanic activity significantly escalated in recent days, culminating in a big blast on Friday, the Rabaul Volcanological Observatory (RVO) said. "Big rocks were blasted out and there was a significant amount of material involved," the RVO told local news website Loop PNG. "The rocks were glowing red... previous to this blast, it was observed that the fracture, which was apparent in the initial aerial photos, running from the summit dome down to the coast, had apparently widened." More than 3,000 residents on surrounding islands Biem and Ruprup were also evacuated, local reports said, after fears a ...
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7.3-magnitude earthquake strikes off Peru; tsunami threat 14.1.2018 General News
A powerful earthquake struck off Peru's coast early today, prompting a US agency to issue a tsunami threat message for parts of the country and neighbouring Chile. The US Geological Survey reported that the temblor had a preliminary magnitude of 7.3. There have been no immediate reports of casualties or damage. The epicentre was 42 kms south-southwest of Acari, with the earthquake hitting at 4:18 am local time at a depth of 12.1 kms. The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said that "hazardous tsunami waves are forecast for some coasts." A statement says that tsunami waves reaching 0.3 metres to one metre "above the tide level are possible for some coasts of Peru." It also says waves are forecast to be less than 0.3 meters for the coasts of Chile.
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