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Rare earthquake jolts Australia's Melbourne, triggers panic

According to Geosciences Australia, the earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10km (6.5 miles) and was initially measured at 6.0 magnitude before being revised to 5.8.

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Rare earthquake jolts Australia's Melbourne, triggers panic
Rare earthquake jolts Australia's Melbourne, triggers panic

Melbourne: A rare quake of 5.8 magnitude rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked residents running into the streets.

According to Geosciences Australia, the earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10km (6.5 miles) and was initially measured at 6.0 magnitude before being revised to 5.8.

The epicentre was near the rural town of Mansfield in the state of Victoria, about 200 km (124 miles) northeast of Melbourne.

The earthquake happened about 09:15 local time today (Wednesday) at Mansfield near Victorian state capital.

Geosciences Australia said an aftershock measuring 4.0 hit shortly after the initial temblor.

Reportedly, the earthquake was also felt in neighbouring South Australia and New South Wales (NSW), although there were no reports of damage outside Melbourne and no reports of injuries.

Debris littered roads in the popular shopping area around Melbourne's Chapel Street, with bricks apparently coming loose from buildings.

The geoscience agency says Australia experiences a potentially damaging earthquake - about every 10 years.

Melbourne, the country's second largest city, is home to about five million people and is currently in lockdown due COVID outbreak.

Quakes are relatively unusual in Australia's populated east due to its position in the middle of the Indo-Australian Tectonic Plate, according to Geoscience Australia.

Today’s quake measured higher than country's deadliest tremor which was a 5.6 in Newcastle in 1989— resulting in 13 deaths.

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Kabul roadside blast causes casualties: Report

As per preliminary detail, the target of the attack appeared to have been an open-backed vehicle like a Toyota Hilux.

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Kabul: A roadside bomb blast in Afghanistan capital Kabul caused at least five casualties, television station Ariana News said on Tuesday.

As per preliminary detail, the target of the attack appeared to have been an open-backed vehicle like a Toyota Hilux.

However, there were no further details and no official confirmation of the figures.

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Several vehicles collide on motorway amid dense fog

More than 30 vehicles pile up motorway M2 due to fog. Several people are said to be injured in the incident.

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Sheikhupura: Due to foggy conditions, more than 30 vehicles have piled up on motorway M2 near Kala Shah Kaku in Sheikhupura on Tuesday morning.

The multi-vehicle collision was caused by dense smog that has hit Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plains. Speeding vehicles rammed into one another while trying to stop after 1 collision.

Rescue 1122 crew arrived at the spot with ambulances. Paramedics were seen tending to people with minor injuries.

Rescue officials said at least 20 people were injured and at least 10 of them were moved to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Muridke.

Motorway police and FWO staff also responded to the crash.

The motorway was blocked after the crash.

A dense fog has hit Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa plains causing traffic disruptions. Sections of motorways M1, connecting Peshawar with Islamalabad, M11, connecting Lahore to Sialkot, and M3 connecting Lahore to Multan were closed on Monday morning.

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Messi wins Ballon d'Or for seventh time

Argentine football great Lionel Messi defeated Robert Lewandowski of Polish (Bayern Munich Club) and Georginho (Chelsea) of Italy for this annual award for the best player in the world of football. 

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Paris: Argentina and Paris Saint-Germain forward Lionel Messi has created history as he won the Ballon d'Or award for a record-extending seventh time late on Monday night.    

Argentine football great Lionel Messi defeated Robert Lewandowski of Polish (Bayern Munich Club) and Georginho (Chelsea) of Italy for this annual award for the best player in the world of football. 

By winning the award, Messi has gone several miles ahead of Portugal’s star striker Cristiano Ronaldo in terms of winning the most Ballons d’Or. 

The 34-year-old Messi now has 7 awards to his name, while 36-year-old Ronaldo has won this honor 5 times. 

Besides this, the star footballer claimed a maiden Copa America title with his country this year and was top scorer in La Liga for the 2020-21 season with 30 goals.

Messi ​​won the Best Player of the Year award for the first time in 2009. He won this title in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2019 and now in 2021. 

Messi joined PSG on a free transfer from Barcelona during the off-season and collected 613 points to finish ahead of Lewandowski (580) and Chelsea's Italy midfielder Jorginho (460) at a star-studded ceremony in Paris. 

For the unversed, Messi and Ronaldo have won this award a total of 12 times since 2008. Thus, both players are dominating the world of football.

Awarded by France Football magazine, the Ballon d'Or has been awarded since 1956.

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