Xinhua Asia-Pacific news summary at 1600 GMT, Feb. 13

TOKYO — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 7.1 struck off Japan’s northeastern Fukushima Prefecture late Saturday, according to the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).

The temblor occurred at around 11:08 p.m. local time (1408 GMT), with its epicenter at a latitude of 37.7 degrees north and a longitude of 141.8 degrees east, and at depth of 60 km.

So far no tsunami warning has been issued. (Japan-Earthquake)

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NEW DELHI — The death toll from an explosion inside a fireworks factory in India’s southern state of Tamil Nadu has risen to 19 after four more people succumbed to their injuries, said a local official in charge of the disaster management office on Saturday.

As many as 35 people injured in the blast were undergoing treatment at different hospitals. (India-Fireworks Factory-Explosion)

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HERAT, Afghanistan — Several oil and liquid gas tankers caught fire and gunshots were heard in the customs office of the dry port of Islam Qala that connects Afghanistan to Iran on Saturday, provincial government spokesman Jilani Farhad said.

The fire devoured numerous oil tankers and damaged some other areas, the official said. (Afghanistan-Oil Tankers-Fire)

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JAKARTA — The COVID-19 cases in Indonesia rose by 8,844 within one day to 1,210,703, with the death toll adding by 280 to 32,936, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

According to the ministry, 11,919 more people were discharged from hospitals, bringing the total number of recovered patients to 1,016,036. (Indonesia-COVID-19)

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NEW DELHI — India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 10,892,746 on Saturday as 12,143 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours, said the latest data from the federal health ministry.

According to the official data, the death toll mounted to 155,550 as 103 COVID-19 patients died since Friday morning. (India-COVID-19) Enditem


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