Daily Archives: December 21, 2017

5.2 magnitude quake hits southern Iranian province

Baku, December 22, AZERTAC

A 5.2 magnitude earthquake has struck Iran’s southern province of Kerman, RT reports.

The quake hit 51 kilometers northwest of the town of Ravar, according to the US Geological Survey, with a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Rescue teams have been dispatched to Kouhbanan which is at the epicenter of the quake, Reuters reports. No fatalities have been reported according to Iranian state TV.

The quake is the latest in a series to hit the province. The town of Hejdak was struck less than two weeks ago, while a 6.0 magnitude earthquake hit on December 1.

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President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan makes great contribution to Islamic solidarity

Baku, December 21, AZERTAC

“Azerbaijan makes a great contribution to Islamic solidarity. This issue is one of the key priorities for us. Azerbaijan is a country with ancient history. The Azerbaijani people have maintained and preserved their national and moral values for centuries. Islamic values are main components of the national moral values,” said President Ilham Aliyev at the opening ceremony of “2017- Year of Islamic Solidarity: Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue” international conference held in Baku.

The Azerbaijani President described “religious tranquility, mutual understanding, unity between Muslims, and excellent regulation of interfaith relations as major factors that make our country more powerful”.

“Our nation has ancient history. Our religious architectural monuments bear a clear evidence of this. We are proud to have one of the most ancient mosques in the Muslim world, which was constructed in 743, and which has been preserved by the Azerbaijani people and underwent a major overhaul several years ago. It is Juma mosque in the city of Shamakhi, which is our great wealth. This mosque demonstrates that Azerbaijan is an ancient Muslim land,” said President Ilham Aliyev.

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South Korea fire at public gym and sauna kills 29

Baku, December 21, AZERTAC

A fire at a sports centre in South Korea has killed 29 people and left many others injured, BBC reports.

The fire, which started in the basement of an eight-storey building, occurred in the southern city of Jecheon.

Footage showed dark plumes of smoke as the blaze, which has now largely been extinguished, engulfed the property.

Most of the victims were trapped in a sauna on the second floor. Officials say the death toll could rise as firefighters continue their search.

“The fire produced so much toxic smoke so quickly, leaving many people unable to evacuate,” a spokesman at the National Fire Agency said.

Some 20 people were rescued from the rooftop after taking refuge from the fire. Several of the survivors were taken hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, officials said.

As many as 60 firefighters attended the scene on Thursday in the city, 168km (104 miles) southeast of Seoul, they added.

Heavy smoke continues to hamper the search and rescue operation, the authorities said.

The building houses a fitness centre, restaurants and a public sauna.

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Philippines ferry carrying 251 capsizes

Baku, December 21, AZERTAC

A ferry carrying 251 people has capsized in stormy seas off the east coast of the Philippines, according to BBC.

Local fisherman and rescue boats saved more than 200 of those on board – but at least four people died and seven are missing, the coastguard says.

Passengers say large waves and strong winds meant the vessel started taking in water near the island of Polillo – and quickly sank.

Rescuers said they were hampered by heavy rain and big waves.

Coastguard spokesman Armand Balilo said the ferry had capacity for 280 people and had not been overloaded.

“We believe the weather was a big factor [in the accident],” he added.

Boat accidents are relatively common in the Philippines, which frequently experiences storms.

Tropical Storm Tembin is forecast to hit land early on Friday and people travelling home for Christmas had been warned to do so earlier than usual.

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