Very shallow M6.6 earthquake hits Ogasawara region, Japan
A very shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.6 hit Japanese Ogasawara Archipelago at 18:22 UTC (03:22 JST) on August 16, 2018. The USGS is reporting M6.4 at a depth of 11.5 km (7.1 miles) at 18:21 and M6.0 at 18:22 UTC. EMSC is reporting M6.4 and M5.9 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 251 km (156 miles) SE of Iwo Jima, 420.9 km (261.5 miles) SSW of Ogasawara, Japan and 945.4 km (587.5 miles) NNW of Saipan, Northen Mariana Islands. There are no people living within 100 km (62 miles). Although there may be slight sea-level changes in coastal regions, this earthquake has caused no damage to Japan, JMA said. The closest volcanoes are Minami-Hiyoshi and Nikko, both submarine. They have located roughly 100 km (62 miles) W of the epicenter. Periodic water discoloration and water-spouting have been reported over Minami-Hiyoshi since 1975 when detonations and an explosion were als…

Earth moves for Darwin residents in Australia as Earthquake strikes in the Banda Sea more than 700 km away!

  National Tsunami Summary
TERRITORIANS felt the earth shake under them today as an earthquake struck in the Banda Sea — more than 700km away.
The 5.7 magnitude quake was felt in Darwin just before 10am.
Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Phil Cummins said the quake was about 160km below the earth’s surface and did not pose a tsunami threat.
“It’s too small and too deep to be concerned about a tsunami. And we never know about other earthquakes. There might be aftershocks,” he said.
He said there had been up to 30 reports from people in Darwin having felt the tremors.
He said it was unusual for an earthquake to be felt hundreds of kilometers away.
However, he said it was not unknown for the effects of earthquakes’ to ‘carry’ in this region.
“It would be surprising for an earthquake to be felt that far away but we know the path between the Banda Sea and Darwin appears to be particularly effective for the transmission of the seismic waves,” he said.
He said he had not heard of any damage to towns in the area in Indonesia where it had hit.

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