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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…

Massive mudslide hits Villa Santa Lucía in southern Chile, leaving 3 dead, 15 missing

Massive mudslide hits Villa Santa Lucía in southern Chile, leaving 3 dead, 15 missing

A massive mudslide tore through a small town of Villa Santa Lucía, Palena Province of Los Lagos Region in southern Chile on Saturday, December 16, 2017, burying a vast swath of the town under mud and debris. At least 3 people have been killed and 15 are missing, as of late Saturday.
The mudslide hit the remote town around 11:30 UTC (08:30 local time) Saturday, after 122 mm (4.8 inches) of rain within 24 hours.
It destroyed several homes and roadways, one school and a voting center, authorities said. The slide also damaged approximately 20 houses and started an undetermined number of structural fires.
There are 3 confirmed deaths, two Chilean women and a male tourist of unknown nationality. At least 3 people were injured and 15 others are still missing.
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017.
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Credit: Min. Obras Publicas
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Credit: Sernageomin
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Credit: Min. Obras Publicas
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017.
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Credit: Min. Obras Publicas
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017.
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Credit: Min. Obras Publicas
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Estimated origin and flow projection.
Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Estimated origin and flow projection. Credit: Sernageomin
The Chilean Meteorological Directorate said more rain is expected across the province until midnight (local time) and up to 5 cm (2 inches) of snow overnight at higher elevations where temperatures are expected to drop to 0 °C (32 °F).
A Red Alert is in effect for the entire province.
Featured image: Villa Santa Lucía mudslide, Chile - December 16, 2017. Credit: Min. Obras Publicas

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