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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…

Floods in Bolivia's Santa Cruz cause extensive damage, 3 deaths

Floods in Bolivia's Santa Cruz cause extensive damage, 3 deaths

Heavy rain that flooded several localities of Bolivia's Santa Cruz department on January 2, 2018 is blamed for the deaths of at least 3 people. 
First evaluations show extensive damage in more than 12 municipalities, authorities said. The floods have damaged and destroyed homes, roads, bridges and farms.
The northern zone and part of the Chiquatania was the most affected by rains, Rodolfo Vallejos, the president of the Association of Municipalities of Santa Cruz said. The most affected municipalities are Yapacani, San Carlo, San Juan de Yapoacani and El Puente.
Vallejos said several of these municipalities are without drinking water due to damaged pipes and have issued emergency declarations 
There are 3 confirmed deaths as of January 3. The first confirmed victim was a 40-year-old homeless man who drowned in a drainage channel in the Los Lotes area. Another dead body appeared in the town of El Puente in the province of AscensiĆ³n de Guarayos. The body of the third victim was found today in the area of Bolivia Avenue.
The Minister of Defence, Reymi Ferreira, said that a large number of people whose homes were damaged were temporarily housed in the municipal and military hotels.
According to data provided by the National Weather Service and Hydrology of Peru (SENAMHI), the capital of Santa Cruz received 184 mm (7.2 inches) of rain on January 2.
Featured image: Floods in Porongo, Santa Cruz after the PiraĆ­ River overflowed on January 2, 2018. Credit: La-razon.com

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