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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…

-62 °C (-79.6 °F): Russia's Sakha Republic registers near-record low temperatures

-62 °C (-79.6 °F): Russia's Sakha Republic registers near-record low temperatures

A severe cold wave is dropping temperatures to near-record lows over the past several days in Russia's Far East and Siberia, region well accustomed to the extremely cold weather. Temperatures dropped below -50 °C (-58 °F) in some areas, more than 10 °C (18 °F) lower than the average for this time of year, and as low as -67 °C (-88.6 °F) in some areas.
On January 14, the temperature dropped to a near-record low of -62 °C (-79.6 °F) in the worlds coldest village - Oymyakon - in the Sakha Republic (Yakutia), breaking the digital thermometer installed last year to appeal to tourists.
While some residents in Oymyakon saw temperatures as low as -67 °C (-88.6 °F), the officially measured temperature of -59 °C (-74.2 °F) on January 14 was not cool enough to break its record low of -67.7 °C (-89.8 °F) set in February 1933.
Authorities closed schools in some areas and urged locals to stay at home but a group of Chinese tourists took the opportunity to make headlines by taking a bath in the local geothermal spring:
The video, however, is still not as viral as this one:
Yakutia is home to some 1 million people and well accustomed to such temperatures.
"For us this is normal," one resident told The Siberian Times. "It's strange that journalists call and ask how you live here. I answer, you come and see for yourself that we live an ordinary life."
However, the weather these days was tragic for at least 2 people who froze to death after their care broke on the road. Three other men who were with them survived because they were wearing warmer clothes, officials said Monday, January 15, 2018.
Temperature - world - 12:00 UTC, January 14, 2018
Temperature - world - 12:00 UTC, January 14, 2018. Credit: earth.nullschool.net
Featured image: Digital thermometer that broke after -62 °C (-79.6 °F) registered on January 14, 2018. Credit: sivtseva9452 (Instagram)

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