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…

Has Nasa found Alien Life? 

Space Agency to make a 'Major' Announcement TODAY

Nasa is set to make a major finding from its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope. The planet-hunting satellite has been working with Google 's AI system. Pictured is an artist's impression of the potentially-habitable exoplanet kepler186f, discovered by Kepler in 2014

  • Nasa is holding a briefing at 1:00pm ET (6:00pm GMT) to reveal a new finding
  • It will uncover the latest results from its planet-hunting Kepler telescope
  • The probe's latest find was made using artificial intelligence from Google 
  • Its results help Nasa find habitable planets and guide its search for alien life
Nasa is set to make a major announcement about a breakthrough in its alien-planet-hunting project.

The space agency is holding a live-stream event today at 1:00pm ET (6:00pm GMT) to reveal a discovery about potentially habitable worlds made by its Kepler telescope.

The satellite has been searching the stars for distant worlds using Google's AI system, which is helping Nasa find planets that may host alien life.

The space agency is holding a press conference today at 1:00pm ET (6:00pm GMT) to reveal a new discovery made by its Kepler telescope (artist's impression) in an event that could help guide the search for alien life

A teleconference detailing the finds will be live-streamed via Nasa's website later today and will also be live-streamed on MailOnline.

Scientists from the Astrophysics Division of Nasa's Science Mission Directorate and Ames Research Centre, as well as a senior Google AI software engineer and an expert from the University of Texas at Austin, will speak at the event.

The public can ask the researchers questions during the live event on Twitter using the hashtag #AskNASA.

The Kepler mission has spotted thousands of confirmed exoplanets over the years, with 21 planets not much larger than Earth now known to orbit within their stars' habitable zones

The briefing is likely to reveal Kepler's latest catalog of exoplanets, which is set to be Nasa's best look yet at possible alien planets.

'The discovery was made by researchers using machine learning from Google,' Nasa said in a statement earlier this week.

'Machine learning is an approach to artificial intelligence, and demonstrates new ways of analyzing Kepler data.' 


The Kepler mission has spotted thousands of exoplanets since 2014, with 30 planets less than twice the size of Earth now known to orbit within the habitable zones of their stars.

Launched in 2009, the satellite has helped in the search for planets outside of the solar system that orbits within the habitable zone of their star.

Finding these planets, which potentially have the conditions needed to grow life, helps Nasa guide future research in its search for alien worlds.

In total, Kepler has found around 5,000 unconfirmed 'candidate' exoplanets, with a further 2,500 'confirmed' exoplanets that scientists have since shown to be real.

It has found 30 distant worlds that are Earth-sized and orbit within the habitable zone of a star, meaning they could have surface water.

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