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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…

Loud explosion shakes houses as meteorite hits Thunder Bay, Ontario

Loud explosion shakes houses as meteorite hits Thunder Bay, Ontario



A loud explosion that shook houses in Ontario's Thunder Bay, Canada late Wednesday, December 13, 2017 appears to be caused by a meteorite that hit the ground near Highway 61, creating a 75 cm (30 inches) wide crater. The loud boom could be indicative of a larger object that broke up and there could be other fragments in the area.
Thunder Bay officers were dispatched to the area of Highway 61 and Mount Forest Boulevard at about 23:00 local time after receiving a phone call about a loud explosion.
A 75 cm (30 inches) wide hole was soon found in a snow on one side of the road, with a pile of 'rock-like substance' in the center, the police say. "We checked the area and no footprints or vehicle tracks were found."
As reported by the CBC, the police contacted Lakehead University, which in turn dispatched a retired geology professor Stephen Kissin to the scene on Thursday morning.
However, it appears somebody took the object before Kissin arrived as there was no meteorite in the crater when he arrived. "The hole looked as though it was caused by a meteorite crashing to Earth," Kissin said.
Kissin said he thought police officers had removed the object, but Thunder Bay police told CBC News they don't know where the meteorite is and are looking into it.
"This would be the first recorded meteorite fall in northern Ontario. The loud boom could be indicative of a larger object that broke up and there could be other fragments in the area," Kissin said.
Featured image: Crater on Highway 61 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada after meteorite hits the ground on December 13, 2017. Image copyright: CBC

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