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Many panicked residents called city hall: failed missile launch creates panic in South Korean city

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Sylvie Claire / October 5, 2022

A ballistic missile crashed to the ground and generated a large fire. No casualties were reported, but “many residents” panicked.
 
A failed ballistic missile launch caused panic in an otherwise quiet South Korean city after the missile crashed to the ground and caused a major fire, officials said Wednesday. The South Korean military fired a Hyunmoo-2 short-range ballistic missile late Tuesday that malfunctioned and crashed shortly after launch. The missile’s propellant caught fire, but its warhead did not explode, a South Korean military official told the Yonhap news agency. Seoul and Washington have conducted multiple joint drills, dropping bombs and firing missiles in response to the launch of a North Korean intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM), which flew over Japan on Tuesday.
 
Viral images on social networks – which Agence France-Presse was unable to authenticate – showed an orange ball of flames, which users claimed to locate near Gangneung Air Base on the country’s east coast. “Many panicked residents called the city hall,” reported an official at Gangneung City Hall. “At first we didn’t know what was going on because we had not received any warning from the military about such a training,” she added on condition of anonymity.
 
Seoul and Pyongyang are still technically at war, with the 1950-53 Korean War ending in an armistice rather than a peace treaty. Armed clashes between the two neighbors are rare, but the missile crash led many residents to believe that war had broken out. “I thought there was a war, but it turns out it was military training,” tweeted one Internet user. “What took them so long to confirm (this)? If there was a war, we’d probably find out the next day,” another user wrote. The South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff explained that no casualties had been reported and that they were looking into the cause of the misfire.

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At least 25 dead in a bus accident in Peru

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Sylvie Claire / September 23, 2023

 

At least 25 people, including two children, died when a bus crashed into a ravine in the Andean region of Huancavelica, in southern Peru, the authorities announced in a revised death toll on Monday evening.
 
An initial police report put the death toll at 20, with a further 35 injured. A statement from the Ministry of Health later that morning put the death toll at 24. Finally, at the end of the day on Monday, the death toll stood at “25 dead and 34 wounded”, according to the Ministry of Defense.
 
The accident occurred on Sunday night, when the bus carrying over 50 passengers from Huanta in Ayacucho to Huancayo in the Junin region ran off the road.
 
Images show the damaged bus lying on its side near a river below the ravine, debris and personal belongings strewn all around.
 
Peruvian President Dina Boluarte expressed her “condolences to the families” from New York, where she will be attending the 78th General Assembly of the United Nations. The Peruvian Episcopal Conference, for its part, urged the government to “carry out a serious investigation” to prevent such accidents from happening again.
 
On August 13, another accident in the same region left 13 people dead and 5 seriously injured.
 
Road accidents are frequent in Peru, mainly due to speeding and poor road maintenance, especially in mountainous areas.
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Japan is the country with the most centenarians, with over 92,000.

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Sylvie Claire / September 17, 2023

In Japan, the number of people aged 100 has reached a record level: the world’s third-largest economy now has 92,139 people aged 100 or over. That’s 1,613 more than a year ago, reported the Ministry of Health in Tokyo on Friday.
 
For over half a century, the number of people aged 100 has been rising every year. Due to a low birth rate and almost non-existent immigration, no other industrial state is aging as fast as this East Asian country.
 
Japan’s population is also shrinking at a record pace. Last year, the number of Japanese fell by 801,000, the biggest drop since comparable data have been recorded. There are now 122.4 million.
  
When the Japanese Ministry of Health began compiling statistics in 1963, there were 153 centenarians. Twenty-five years later, there were over 10,000. According to the latest figures, around 88% of centenarians are women. Japan has the longest life expectancy in the world. Life expectancy for women is around 87 years, and 81 for men.
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Morocco earthquake: death toll now stands at 2,946

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Steph Deschamps / September 17, 2023

The death toll from the earthquake in Morocco has risen to 2,946, the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior announced on Wednesday evening. A further 5,674 people were injured.
 
The previous death toll was 2,901. The death toll is expected to rise further. Hopes of finding survivors are now very slim. Rescue workers have not yet been able to reach all the villages affected in the Atlas Mountains. 
 
A magnitude 6.8 earthquake struck the country on Friday night. The epicenter was located some 80 kilometers southwest of Marrakech. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 300,000 people in and around Marrakech were affected by the disaster.

 

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