Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela. There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said. Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light. Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as …

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Krakatau volcano (Sunda Strait, Indonesia): strong thermal signal could suggest new eruptive activity

Sunday Feb 19, 2017 08:51 AM 

As our colleague Marc Szeglat from noticed, a strong thermal signal from what seems to be the summit of Anak Krakatau has become visible on satellite data during the past days. 
What causes the thermal signal exactly is unknown. While non-volcanic causes (e.g. forest fires) cannot be ruled out, it is more likely that a new mass of lava has arrived at the crater, probably in the form of a new dome. In that case, Krakatau might be entering a new eruptive phase (the last significant eruption having being in sep 2012), something which would not be a surprise, statistically. 
So far, there is no confirmation, e.g. there have been no significant ash emissions observed, which could mean that the activity (if there is) is only effusive for now. We wait for further information about possible activity and will update as needed. 

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