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Powerful Earthquake Sways Tokyo Buildings

AFP, NHK (Japan)


TOKYO – A powerful earthquake shook Tokyo on Monday, with buildings swaying for 30 seconds, but few reports of injuries.

The magnitude 5.7 quake was centered in the mountain resort town of Nikko, about 140 kilometers northwest of Tokyo, reports the AFP . Earlier reports had put the quake at magnitude 6.2.

The quake struck at 4:23 p.m. local time, rocking Nikko, a popular resort known for its onsen (hot springs) as well as historical temples and shrines listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site list. It is not known yet whether the earthquake damaged any of the temples.

National broadcaster NHK said there had been no abnormalities detected at nuclear power plants near the epicenter.

Magnitude 6.2 Intensity 5+ earthquake Feb-25 16:23 JST at Tochigi-ken Hokubu (36.9N/139.4E) Depth 10 km j.mp/138FIb2 #earthquake

— Japan Earthquake (@jEarthquake) February 25, 2013

— Hiroko Tabuchi (@HirokoTabuchi) February 25, 2013

Dishes, glasses broken at an inn in #Nikko after M6.3 quake hit Tochigi, but no guests injured. via @ nhk_shutoken

— Thoton Akimoto (@thoton) February 25, 2013

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The Pope's Bronchitis Can't Hide What Truly Ails The Church — Or Whispers Of Succession

It is not only the health of the Pope that worries the Holy See. From the collapse of vocations to the conservative wind in the USA, there are many ills to face.

November 29, 2023: Pope Francis during his wednesday General Audience at the Vatican.

Evandro Inetti/ ZUMA
Gianluigi Nuzzi

ROME — "How am I? I'm fine... I'm still alive, you know? See, I'm not dead!"

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The Pope is dealing with a sensitive respiratory system; the distressed tracheo-bronchial tree can cause asthmatic reactions, with the breathlessness in his speech being the most obvious symptom. Tired eyes and dark circles mark his swollen face. A sense of unease and bewilderment pervades and only diminishes when the doctors restate their optimism about his general state of wellness.

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