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Janet Hurley-Quackenbush waterskis on Christmas Day, at Goodyear Lake in Colliersville, New York, during unseasonably warm
weather. The warmth sent people into the streets in T-shirts and shorts. AP PHOTO
UNSEASONABLY WARM WEATHER
A 6.2-magnitude earthquake has struck
northeast Afghanistan near the country's
borders with Pakistan and Tajikistan,
according to the US Geological Survey
(USGS), with tremors being felt as far as
The USGS said yesterday morning's
earthquake, initially reported as magnitude
6.4, was at a depth of 203km and centred
82km southeast of the town of Feyzabad,
capital of the Afghan province of
Kabul residents rushed out of their
homes and buildings on what was a bit-
terly cold night amid fears of aftershocks,
according to a local journalist, while the
quake also caused buildings to sway in
the Pakistani capital of Islamabad.
Tremors were reported from Chandi-
garh, Srinagar, Jaipur, Delhi and the
National Capital Region in India.
In Pakistan, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
government issued a red alert soon after
the earthquake but there was no imme-
diate information about loss of life or
damage to property.
Though there were no immediate
reports of damage, at least 40 people
were reported injured in the northwestern
Pakistani city of Peshawar and 12 others
in the nearby Afghan province of Nan-
garhar. (Al Jazeera)
A Christmas Day bushfire
has destroyed more than 100
homes in Australia s Victoria
state, officials say.
Officials said 98 homes had
been razed in Wye River and
18 at Separation Creek. No
injuries are reported.
Hundreds of firefighters
have been battling the blaze
along the famous Great Ocean
Road in Victoria's south-west,
popular with holidaymakers.
A change to cooler weather
and rain has greatly reduced
the threat, but some emer-
gency warnings remain in
Some 1,600 residents and
tourists from the popular
tourist spot of Lorne were
evacuated on Friday, amid
fears that a wind change
would push the fire towards
the town, but were allowed to
Many of those forced to
leave their homes had to
spend Christmas night in
More than 500 firefighters,
60 tankers and 18 aircraft have
been involved in fighting the
Victoria Emergency Man-
agement Commissioner Craig
Lapsley said they were "work-
ing around the clock to bring
this fire under control."
He warned that although
the immediate threat had
eased, the fire had the "poten- tial to burn" for weeks to
guts Aussie homes
been battling the
blaze along the
Ocean Road in
west, popular with
Quake shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan and India
LONDON---Homes were evacuated, cars were
submerged and boats were brought in to help
bring people to safety yesterday as parts of
England, Scotland and Wales faced severe
flooding caused by repeated heavy rains.
The Boxing Day holiday saw a battle against
the elements, particularly in northwestern Eng-
land. More than 30 "severe" flood warnings
were issued---each one meaning people faced
possible loss of life if they didn't exercise extreme
In the county of Lancashire, emergency work-
ers backed by the military buttressed defenses
with extra sandbags and heavy trucks brought
in rescue equipment able to drive through waters
too high to safely traverse on foot.
Hundreds of people were evacuated from
their homes after water breached flood barriers
and poured into the streets.
Beleaguered residents in some towns were
told to abandon their homes for higher ground
while others were told to move their valuables
and listen to advice from emergency services
about possible evacuation.
Authorities issued some 335 flood alerts in
all. The government's emergency response team
convened by telephone to co-ordinate rescue
Floods Minister Rory Stewart said rainfall in
the affected areas is unprecedented.
(New York Times)
Dozens of people are reportedly missing and
feared dead after a landslide hit a jade mining
region in Myanmar s northern Kachin state.
Officials say a search for survivors and bodies
is continuing after Friday's accident in the area
Last month, more than 100 people were killed
in the same area after a massive landslide.
Jade mining produces piles of waste rock. Itin-
erant workers climb the heaps to search for the
Hpakant official Tint Swe Myint was quoted
as saying five bodies had already been found.
"According to witnesses, about 50 people are
still missing," he said.
But Myo Htet Aung, another local official, said
that "just three or four people are missing at the
moment" and no bodies were found at the site.
In November's disaster, many of those killed
were people who made their living scavenging
on or near the waste dumps left by large-scale
industrial mining firms.
Local people in mining areas accuse the indus-
try of a series of abuses, including poor on-site
health and safety and frequent land confiscations.
'Many missing' in
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