About three hours after the quake struck, Chile's National Emergency Office lifted its evacuation order, allowing about 5,000 people to return to their homes. It was earlier reported as magnitude 7.6. The Chilean Navy also issued a tsunami warning, Reuters reported. Chile is the world's leading copper producer, but there are no major mines located near the zone affected by the natural disaster.
The typhoon made a second landfall over Camarines Sur province, then weakened slightly with winds of 175kph but gusts at 290kph, the weather bureau said. Thousands of people have had to postpone their Christmas travel plans by boat owing to the storm. In 2013 Super Typhoon Haiyan, the deadliest typhoon in recent history, wreaked havoc in Eastern Visayas - killing over 6,300 people and displacing four million.
The Israeli Ministry of Defense replied with a tweet of its own pointing out the reports are "completely false". "The statement attributed to fmr Def Min Yaalon reg Pakistan was never said", the Times quoted the ministry's Twitter post as saying.
This picture reportedly shows a passenger who was injured in the bus crash. Numerous passengers were members of a brass band and were scheduled to perform at a Christmas fundraising event, according to emergency officials. The road is now open to traffic. One person has died after a bus plunged down a bank and crashed south of Gisborne. Several injured people were flown to hospitals in Gisborne and Hastings.
The 1.8-tonne aerial bomb was found in the city of Augsburg, and is set to be defused on Christmas Day, prompting the evacuation of thousands of the city's residents, the Associated Press reported . During the evacuation, the entire inner city of Augsburg must be evacuated which means that all transport has to be stopped and enterprises closed. In January 2012, a construction worker died when his digger hit a bomb in Euskirchen.
Again this will mainly affect the northern half of the British Isles with the Anglia region avoiding the worst of the conditions. While Christmas Eve is set to be a quieter day, further weather warnings are in place for Christmas Day , with gusts expected of up to 50 or 60mph.