6.4-magnitude earthquake hits Southern California

LOS ANGELES — A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck 12 kilometers southwest of Searles Valley in the US state of California (17:33:48 GMT) on Thursday, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said. The epicenter, with a depth of 8.68 km, was initially determined to be at 35.70 degrees north latitude and 117.51 degrees west longitude. The quake was felt … Read More

ASEAN welcomes Trump-Kim meeting in Panmunjom

BANGKOK — Foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) on Thursday said that ASEAN welcomes the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, top leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) on June 30. The ASEAN foreign ministers said in a statement released by Thailand’s foreign ministry that … Read More

600K ordered to evacuate in SW Japan due to torrential rain

TOKYO — Around 600,000 people have been ordered to evacuate in the city of Kagoshima in Japan’s southwest, public broadcaster NHK said here Wednesday. The evacuation order came as torrential rain continues to pummel southwest Japan, with Kyushu Island, which comprises Kagoshima City, the capital of Kagoshima Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit regions. Japan’s Meteorological Agency … Read More

San Francisco first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to outlaw the sale of electronic-cigarettes across the city, which also includes online delivery of vaping products to an off-line recipient. The legislation made San Francisco the first US city to approve an ordinance that bans the distribution and sale of e-cigarettes in brick-and-mortar stores … Read More

5 killed, 100 injured as train derails in Bangladesh

MOSCOW — At least five people were killed and 100 more injured as several carriages of a train derailed and fell off a bridge in the northeastern Bangladeshi district of Moulvibazar, The Daily Star reported on Monday. The list of the victims includes three women, while the death toll may rise, The Daily Star reported. !– … Read More

7.7-magnitude quake strikes off eastern Indonesia

JAKARTA — A 7.7-magnitude earthquake struck off Maluku province of eastern Indonesia on Monday, but not was likely to generate a tsunami, the meteorology, climatological and geophysics agency said. The quake rocked at 9:53 a.m. local time (0253 GMT) with the epicenter at 245 km northeast of Maluku Baratdaya and the depth at 231 km under … Read More

Air pollution leads to 7M premature deaths yearly

GENEVA — Some 7 million people die prematurely every year from air pollution, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment said Monday ahead of World Environment Day, noting there are also success stories. David Boyd, the Special Rapporteur, urged nations to beat air pollution to fulfill their human rights obligations. “Air pollution … Read More

7.8-magnitude quake hits Peru

BEIJING — A 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit northern Peru at 3:41 p.m. Sunday (Beijing Time), according to the China Earthquake Networks Center (CENC). The epicenter was monitored at 5.85 degrees south latitude and 75.18 degrees west longitude, and the quake struck at a depth of 100 km, the center said. (Xinhua)