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Philippine quake creates wall longer than 5km


MANILA: A deadly earthquake that struck the Philippines last week created a spectacular rocky wall that stretches for kilometres through farmlands, astounded geologists said.

Dramatic pictures of the Earth-altering power of the 7.1-magnitide quake have emerged as the government worked to mend the broken central island of Bohol, ground zero of the destruction.

A "ground rupture" pushed up a stretch of ground by up to 3m, creating a wall of rock above the epicentre, Maria Isabel Abigania, a geologist at the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology, said.

"Our people have walked 5km so far and not found the end of this wall," she said, as experts from the institute surveyed the damage.

"So far we have not gotten any reports of people getting swallowed up in these cracks."

A photograph on the institute's website showed part of the rock wall grotesquely rising on farmland behind an unscathed bamboo hut.

Another house was shown lodged in a crack of the Earth, while a big hole on the ground opened up at a banana farm.

Renato Solidum, head of the institute, said the ground fissures from the quake, which killed 198 people on Bohol and two nearby islands, were among the largest recorded since the government agency began keeping quake records in 1987.

"Most of our other quake records show a lateral (sideways) tearing of the earth, though we've also had coral reefs rising from the sea," he said.

The Philippines lies on the so-called Pacific Ring of Fire made up of chains of islands created by volcanic eruption that are also frequently hit by earthquakes. — AFP

Indian teen kills herself after Facebook row


MUMBAI: A 17-year-old has committed suicide in western India after a row with her parents who told her she had to stop using Facebook, police said Friday.

College student Aishwarya Dahiwal was found hanging in her bedroom on Wednesday after an argument with her parents in Maharashtra state's Parbhani city, an investigating officer told AFP, declining to be named.

"On Wednesday night, she had an argument with her parents who told her not to just use Facebook and her mobile all day for chatting," the officer from Nanal Peth police station said.

"They told her to focus on her studies. After the argument, she locked herself in her room and was found hanging later, with a suicide note nearby," he said.

A note referring to the argument and Facebook is being examined by police.

Experts say that there are almost always multiple causes for a suicide, including psychiatric illnesses, that may not have been recognised or treated.

Internet use remains low across India but is growing quickly, expected to reach about 200 million online out of the 1.2 billion-strong population by the end of 2013.

About three-quarters of India's high school students prefer Facebook over phone calls to communicate, according to a survey released in June by Tata Consultancy Services. - AFP

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