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World 04 Mar 2021 | 10:13 PM

Strong quake shakes New Zealand, but no damage reported and tsunami threat eases

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - A strong 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the east of New Zealand's North Island on Friday, prompting a tsunami warning that was later withdrawn, the Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre (PTWC) said, although residents were asked to stay alert.

World 26 Feb 2021 | 12:00 PM

Japan wildfire rages for 5th day, more households to be urged to evacuate

TOKYO (Reuters) - A forest fire in a sparsely populated area 75 kilometres north of Tokyo continued to rage for a fifth day on Friday, as local officials were set to ask dozens more households to evacuate hillside villages.