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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…

Heavy snowfall affects 2.3 million people, kills 21 and destroys 700 homes, China

Heavy snowfall affects 2.3 million people, kills 21 and destroys 700 homes, China

Two rounds of very heavy snowfall hit China's eastern and central regions since January 2, 2018, with freezing rain in Guizhou, Hunan and Jiangxi. 21 people were killed and millions affected, as of January 8, 2018.
Heavy snowfall affecting the provinces of Anhui, Jiangsu, Henan, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Shanxi, and Chongqing Municipality destroyed over 700 houses and damaged nearly 2 800, China's Ministry of Civil Affairs said.
In total, 2.3 million people were affected, 21 died, 3 700 were evacuated and relocated and 14 000 needed emergency life assistance, the ministry said. 
Severe weather affected 233 100 ha (576 000 acres) of crops, of which it destroyed 81 000 ha (200 155 acres).
The direct economic loss, since January 2, is US $854 million (5.5 billion yuan).
The worst affected is Anhui province, where heavy snowfall affected 1.5 million people and killed 18. 300 houses in the province collapsed and 1 100 were damaged.
Heavy snowfall continued wreaking havoc on Monday, January 8.
The snowstorms are considered the worst the country has seen since 2008.
Featured image credit: Star Online, CCTV

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