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Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela. There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said. Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light. Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as …

Powerful 6.0 earthquake hits Iran near city with 800k population

12/1/17
Powerful 6.0 earthquake hits Iran near city with 800k population

An earthquake with a magnitude of up to 6.3 has hit eastern Iran near the city of Kerman, seismological centers report.
The earthquake struck at a shallow depth of 10km (6.2 miles), some 60km (37 miles) from the city of Kerman, which has a population of over 800,000, including suburbs.
The quake's magnitude was initially reported at 6.3 by the US Geological Survey (USGS), cited by Reuters, and at 5.9 by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC). Both later revised it to 6.0.
Magnitude 6.0 earthquakes are considered strong and can cause severe damage, especially in densely populated areas. However, there have so far been no reports of casualties or destruction in this particular case.
The 6.0 quake was quickly followed by a 5.0 aftershock slightly closer to Kerman, at the same depth.
The most destructive recent earthquake hit Iran on November 12, next to the border with Iraq. That quake killed over 500 and injuring more than 8,000 people in both countries. The 7.3 magnitude quake was the deadliest in 2017.

American geologists have recently published a report predicting that the number of powerful earthquakes will spike in 2018, especially along the Equator, putting at risk some 1 billion people living in the volatile area.

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