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Strong earthquake rocks Taiwan, collapsing buildings



The entire island of Taiwan was rocked by a powerful earthquake early Wednesday morning, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake.

  • Powerful Earthquake Hits Taiwan: A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 7.2 (Taiwan’s estimate) or 7.5 (U.S. Geological Survey) struck Taiwan.

  • Tsunami Alert for Southern Japanese Islands: The earthquake triggered a tsunami alert for the southern Japanese island group of Okinawa.

  • Emergency Response Underway:Emergency response teams are mobilising to assess the damage and provide assistance to affected areas.

Buildings collapsed in the southern city of Hualien, while a tsunami alert was triggered, affecting southern Japanese islands.

The earthquake, which struck at 7:58 a.m. local time, caused significant structural damage in the eastern city of Hualien, with buildings shaken off their foundations.

The impact was felt across the island, prompting the suspension of islandwide train services and halting subway operations in Taipei.

Even in the capital, Taipei, items were knocked off shelves as a result of the tremors.

Authorities in Taiwan’s earthquake monitoring agency reported the magnitude of the quake as 7.2, while the U.S. Geological Survey assessed it slightly higher, at 7.5.

The quake’s depth was approximately 35 kilometers (21 miles), indicating a significant subterranean disturbance.

In the wake of the seismic activity, the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a tsunami warning for the southern Japanese island group of Okinawa.

Initial forecasts suggested waves could reach heights of up to 3 meters (9.8 feet). Within minutes of the earthquake, a wave measuring 30 centimeters (about 1 foot) was detected on the coast of Yonaguni island.

The JMA also anticipated that the tsunami may have affected the coasts of Miyako and Yaeyama islands.

As emergency response teams mobilise to assess the damage and assist those affected, concerns remain high for both Taiwan and neighboring Japanese islands.

With the threat of aftershocks looming and the potential for further tsunami activity, residents are urged to remain vigilant and follow safety protocols.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Big tech caught in political drama



Nine Google employees were escorted out of company offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, following a sit-in protest against a cloud contract with Israel’s government.

The protest in Sunnyvale targeted Thomas Kurian’s office, CEO of Google’s cloud division, while in New York, it occupied a common area on the tenth floor.

Videos showed Google security staff and local police involved in the removal. Four workers in New York and five in Sunnyvale were reportedly detained, but details of any charges remain unverified.


The protest aimed to pressure Google to drop a $1.2 billion cloud computing contract known as Project Nimbus, citing concerns about its involvement with the Israel Defense Forces.

The protesters included software engineers and activists from groups opposing tech contracts with Israel. This incident reflects ongoing activism within tech companies regarding political issues, such as Israel’s actions in Gaza.

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Antitrust concerns arise for streaming sports venture



U.S. lawmakers Jerry Nadler and Joaquin Castro expressed competition concerns regarding the planned sports streaming joint venture involving Walt Disney, Fox, and Warner Bros Discovery.

They addressed these concerns in a letter to the CEOs of the media companies, questioning the impact on access, competition, and choice in the sports streaming market.

Voicing apprehension about potential consumer price hikes and unfair licensing terms for sports leagues and distributors, they requested responses by April 30, urging the companies to also send their replies to the Department of Justice.

Despite the companies’ announcement in February of launching a joint sports streaming service in the autumn to attract younger viewers, the deal faces DOJ scrutiny and an antitrust lawsuit from FuboTV. While Disney and Warner Bros remained silent on the matter, Fox declined to comment.

The joint venture encompasses a broad range of professional and collegiate sports rights, including NFL, NBA, MLB, FIFA World Cup, and college competitions, offering non-exclusive access to sports networks such as ESPN, Fox Sports 1, and TNT via a new streaming app.

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Trump trial: will the jury selection impact the trial’s outcome?



The Trump hush money trial has progressed with the selection of the first seven jurors, marking a significant step in the legal proceedings.

  • Seven jurors were selected

  • Defense and prosecution lawyers questioned potential jurors for impartiality

  • The judge warned lawyers he would not tolerate disruptions after he said Former US President Donald Trump audibly muttered during a prospective juror’s questioning

The selection of jurors is a crucial step in ensuring a fair trial, as they will ultimately decide Formers US President Donald Trump’s fate in this legal battle, as reported by Reuters.

The process of jury selection involves careful vetting of potential jurors to ensure impartiality and fairness.

Each juror’s background, beliefs, and potential biases are scrutinised to ensure they can render an impartial verdict based solely on the evidence presented in court.

With seven jurors already chosen, the selection process is expected to continue as both the prosecution and defence seek individuals who can objectively weigh the evidence.

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