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…


Where on Earth is it the coldest as we bring in 2018?
Apparently, the answer is Hettinger, North Dakota according to a post by the National Weather Service.
Though the forecasted high temperature for Hettinger today (Jan. 1, 2018) is around zero, at about 7:25am local time (8:25am central time), Hettinger recorded a temperature of -45, not factoring in the windchill.
No spot on Earth reached a colder temperature than that today according to the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

The coldest temperature recorded in North Dakota's history is -60.
We checked out today's high temperature at McMurdo Station which is the base that the United States has on Antarctica. Temperatures are in the 20s today according to Weather Underground.
That temperature is actually higher than many places across the United States today.
It's currently summer in Antarctica though so warmer temperatures are to be expected. During this time of year, the sun never sets in Antarctica.
In the Earth's most northern city today, where it is Winter and not Summer, temperatures are hovering around 10 today according to That would be in Svalbard, Norway.
The high temperature in Bismarck today is projected to be near -1 according to the National Weather Service.

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