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Very deep M6.7 earthquake under Flores Sea, Indonesia
A very deep earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.7 hit under the Flores Sea, Indonesia at 15:35 UTC on August 17, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 559 km (347 miles). USGS is reporting M6.5 at a depth of 538.7 km (334 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 546 km (339 miles). This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability. According to the USGS, the epicenter was located 109.3 km (67.9 miles) NNW of Kampungbajo, 120 km (74.5 miles) N of Labuan Bajo (population 188 724), 150.3 km (93.4 miles) NNW of Ruteng (population 34 569) and 167 km (103.8 miles) NE of Bima (population 66 970), Indonesia. The quake had no tsunami potential, BMKG said. There are about 3 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Some 26 659 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking. The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic los…

Fireball recorded blasting above Sochi, Russia

Fireball recorded blasting above Sochi, Russia


A bright meteor was captured streaking through the night sky over Sochi, Russia on Friday, December 15, 2017.
Alexander Ivanov, head of the Kuban University laboratory of astrophysics, said the object was the size of a soccer ball, adding that it burned down 20 km (12.4 miles) above Earth.
The phenomenon is not a rare occasion during August and December meteor showers, Ivanov said. The object was most likely a part of the Geminid meteor shower, peaking on December 13 and 14 of this year.
Internet users speculated over violent clapping sounds supposedly accompanying the fireball, Sputnik reports. Some cited a hissing sound as an unidentified object flew past the location; others remarked they saw merely a flash of light. Russia’s Ministry of Emergency Situations declined the possibility of a meteor crash in the area since there was no tangible evidence.
There are no reports of this object submitted to the International Meteor Organization (IMO).
Featured image: Fireball over Sochi, Russia. Credit: Информационное агентство "Волгоград News"

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