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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…

Extreme Heat to Hit Australia’s South-East with temps set to soar to 112 degrees +


Emergency services are warning people to stay indoors and avoid playing sport this weekend as much of south-east Australia will become "like a blast furnace" with "killer" temperatures across three states.
Temperatures are expected to soar as high as 45 degrees in western Sydney and parts of South Australia, including Leigh Creek and Roseworthy.
Fire danger will be rated “severe” in many parts of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, and “extreme” and potentially “catastrophic” in some areas,  as strengthening northerly winds drag down hot air from the interior, Weatherzone says.
It will be the worst fire weather in some areas in about two years and potentially the worst since Black Saturday in February 2009, Weatherzone senior meteorologist Brett Dutschke said.
Australia to swelter in weekend heatwave
Temperatures will soar across the country over the weekend. (BoM)
Temperatures will soar across the country over the weekend. (BoM)
Dubbo locals beat the heat with kayaks on the Macquarie River at 9am today. (Picture: Melissa Blomeley)
Dubbo locals beat the heat with kayaks on the Macquarie River at 9am today. (Picture: Melissa Blomeley)
Victoria’s Emergencies Services Minister James Merlino urged all Victorians to have their bushfire plans ready.
“There’s a significant fire risk,” he warned.
“It’s the first day of summer where we’ve had that combination of significant heat and strong winds right across Victoria.”

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Western Sydney residents should prepare for the hottest weekend in more than 20 years, with Penrith expected to reach a tops of 45 degrees.
"We are going to experience the first extreme heat day of the year - indeed the most extreme heat day in the past two years," Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Holman said of conditions in Victoria, where a state-wide fire ban has been issued.
Preparations underway for day of extreme heat and fire danger
Swimmers take a dip and cool off in Bilgola Beach on Sydney's north. (Picture: Josie MacRae)
Swimmers take a dip and cool off in Bilgola Beach on Sydney's north. (Picture: Josie MacRae)
The sun is blazing at just 10am in Sydney. (Picture: Josie MacRae)
The sun is blazing at just 10am in Sydney. (Picture: Josie MacRae)
Melbourne is tipped to swelter through one of its hottest days in four years, with the mercury expected to hit 42 degrees in the city with northerly winds up to 40km/h.
"This heat is a killer. It’s going to be like a blast furnace tomorrow," he said, warning the scorching temperatures posed an "extreme" risk to human health.
"If you’ve planned a round of golf, consider something less strenuous... Put off the sporting events, put off the outdoor events, stay inside, keep hydrated, stay cool and check on your neighbours."
There is an all-day ban on lighting open-air fires and the Country Fire Authority has advised residents of fire-prone areas to ready their bushfire plans.
It is expected to be the hottest Melbourne day since January 13 last year, when temperatures soared to 42.2 degrees.
Geelong and Bendigo are expected to hit 42 degrees and Avalon, Echuca and Warracknabeal are expected to hit 43 degrees.
Extreme heat warning
The south-east of the country is in for a sizzling hot Saturday. (9NEWS)
The south-east of the country is in for a sizzling hot Saturday. (9NEWS)
Life Saving Victoria has also warned beachgoers of potential dangers after four drownings along the state's coastline since Christmas.
Lifesaving operations manager Greg Scott urged vulnerable swimmers to choose sheltered spots and avoid rips.
Campers and bushwalkers have also been urged to take care in national parks, reserves and state forests, with bushfires and heat stress being key risks.
Forest Fire Management Victoria chief fire officer Stephanie Rotarangi urged people to check conditions before entering parks and forests, to stop and rest in the shade, drink water and head back immediately if someone becomes unwell.
Fire bans are also in place in all South Australian districts apart from the West Coast and North East Pastoral.
Extreme heat this weekend
Brisbane is also in for a warm weekend with the temperature hitting the 30s. (Picture: Howie Bennett)
Brisbane is also in for a warm weekend with the temperature hitting the 30s. (Picture: Howie Bennett)
Good morning Brisbane.
 A shot taken at Mount Coot-tha this morning.
 (Picture: Howie Bennett)
Good morning Brisbane. A shot taken at Mount Coot-tha this morning. (Picture: Howie Bennett)
Brisbane is also going to heat up this weekend with the mercury set to reach the low-30s.
Hobart won't be quite as hot, with a maximum of 33 degrees - still 11 degrees above its January average.
"People are outside more at this time of year so they are going to be noticing the heat more," Mr Dutschke said.
"It's going to be a dry heat which is typically easier to deal with than humid heat. It won't be so dry on Sunday though."


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