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10 things you need to know today: October 26, 2015

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1. Powerful earthquake shakes Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India
A 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Monday in northern Afghanistan, with tremors felt in cities across the country, and in Pakistan and India. The full extent of the damage was not immediately known, but the powerful quake reportedly caused buildings to collapse. There were early reports of injuries near the epicenter in Afghanistan, and at least 43 deaths. People from Kabul to Islamabad described the quake as the most violent they had ever felt. “I thought it was the end of everything,” said one restaurant worker in Islamabad.

Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press

2. At least 5 killed when whale-watching boat sinks off British Columbia
Five people died Sunday when a whale watching tour boat sank off of Tofino, British Columbia. The 64-foot boat, Leviathan II, was carrying 27 people when its crew sent out a…

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The Bay Area just got hit with its largest earthquake in 25 years

A friend in LA told me this afternoon that there had been an earthquake. I have not had on the television to hear about it. Thanks for the report.

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At 3:20 a.m. Pacific time on Sunday, an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0 hit the San Francisco Bay Area.

The USGS reports that it occurred 6.7 miles below the surface, with an epicenter just south of Napa and about 30 miles northeast of San Francisco. This is the strongest earthquake felt by the region in 25 years, since the 1989 Loma Prieta quake, which had a magnitude of 6.9.

There have been no deaths reported so far, but 87 people are being treated for injuries at a Napa hospital, and three are in critical condition — including a child struck by fragments of a collapsing chimney.

There are also numerous damaged buildings and roads in and around Napa, including a damaged highway foundation near the city of Vallejo.

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Chile Earthquake 2014 Sparks Tsunami Warnings For Multiple Countries (UPDATE)

Hoping for the best.

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The Huffington Post

A massive earthquake of magnitude 8.2 struck off northern Chile’s coast on Tuesday evening, resulting in a tsunami and warnings of more to come.

Tsunami warnings were issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center/NOAA/NWS for Chile, Peru and Ecuador. A tsunami watch was placed in effect for Colombia, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Panama and Costa Rica.

According to the USGS, the earthquake struck 62 miles from Iquique, Chile. Atsunami was generated from the quake, sea level readings suggest. One report found that a 6.9-foot tsunami struck off Iquique.

Evacuations have been ordered for coastal areas, and there are no immediate reports of damage or injuries, the Associated Press reports.

tsunami bulletin warned: “An earthquake of this size has the potential to generate a destructive tsunami that can strike coastlines near the epicenter within minutes and more distant coastlines within hours.” Click here for…

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