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Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela. There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said. Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light. Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as …

Rare snow, heaviest since 2014 brings Tokyo to a standstill

Rare snow, heaviest since 2014 brings Tokyo to a standstill

A rare heavy snowfall hit Japanese capital Tokyo on Monday, January 22, 2018, causing around 700 traffic accident, stranding more than 9 000 travelers and leaving more than 180 people injured.
The snowfall began during the morning hours (local time) of January 22, causing severe traffic problems. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) issued a warning to all of Tokyo's 23 wards at around 14:30 local time, making it the first official heavy snow warning since February 2014.
Parts of expressways around the capital were closed, about 50 vehicles stranded on Tokyo's iconic Rainbow Bridge as many of them couldn't climb up the slope, NHK reports. The Sankei Shimbun said the bridge had been closed due to car accidents caused by the snow, leaving as many as 300 cars in gridlock.
Cars were also trapped in a tunnel, causing a 10 km (6.2 miles) long tailback from Monday evening through early Tuesday morning.
Officials said around 700 traffic accidents occurred before the day's end and more than 180 people injured, including those that got hurt after falling.
Over 9 000 people were stranded overnight Tuesday at Narita airport, as hundreds of domestic and international flights in and out of Tokyo were canceled.
Some parts of the capital received as much as 23 cm (9.2 inches) of snow, JMA said, making it the heaviest snowfall since February 2014.
Tuesday morning temperatures in Tokyo were below freezing and expected to reach as low as -6 °C (21.2 °F) on Wednesday, January 24.
A JMA official Kenji Okada told AFP that it's rare to have sub-zero temperatures for a few days in the Tokyo area, warning that will freeze the snow, making traffic even more dangerous.
Featured image: Heavy snow blankets Tokyo, Japan on Monday, January 22, 2018. Credit: Japan BackpackersXpress

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