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…

Severe thunderstorm hits Victoria, leaving 100,000 homes without power

Severe thunderstorm hits Victoria, leaving 100 000 homes without power

A quick-moving severe thunderstorm accompanied by destructive, golf-sized hail and strong winds hit Victoria, Australia on Tuesday, December 19, 2017, leaving 100 000 homes without power.
The Victoria office of Bureau of Meteorology said an extraordinary amount of lightning was detected across Victoria, extending from the Mallee to Gippsland as the storm swept through the region. Up to 20 mm (0.8 inches) of rain was reported in Melbourne within 15 minutes, causing flash flooding. 
The highest wind gust was reported at Kilmore Gap, north of Melbourne at 117 km/h (73 mph), followed by 113 km/h (70 mph) at Wangaratta, 111 km/h (69 mph) at Bendigo, 107 km/h (66 mph) at Mangalore and 98 km/h (61 mph) at Laverton, BOM's Dean Stewart said, as reported by the Weatherzone.
The State Emergency Service (SES) received 1 700 calls for assistance, the majority of downed trees and building damage caused by strong winds.
A landslide caused the closure of Warrigal Road in both directions between Canterbury Rd & Riversdale Rd. Motorists should use Highfield Rd, Elgar Rd, Station St or Middleborough Rd as alternative routes, SES advised.
Warrigal Road landslide, Victoria, Australia - December 19, 2017
Warrigal Road landslide, Victoria, Australia - December 19, 2017. Credit: Victoria SES
Golf-ball sized hail reportedly damaged up to 180 in a car yard in Knox.
The temperature dropped 12 °C (21.6 °F) in just 10 minutes as the storm hit the city, from 36 °C (96.8 °F) to 24 °C (75.2 °F).
As of Wednesday morning (local time), more than 30 000 homes are still without power, down from about 100 000.

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