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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…

Storm Georgina hits Scotland with heavy rain, gusts up to 225 km/h (140 mph)

Storm Georgina hits Scotland with heavy rain, gusts up to 225 km/h (140 mph)

A rapidly developing low pressure system, named Storm Georgina by the UK Met Office, swept eastwards over northern Scotland on January 24, 2018, before moving out into the North Sea and Norway. Early analysis shows that a sting jet could have formed over the sea west of the Western Isles during the early hours of Wednesday.
Gusts were generally in the 80 - 96 km/h (50 to 60 mph) range with up to 136 km/h (85 mph) in western Scotland and up to 225 km/h (140 mph) in Glencoe. There are reports of wind damage in some counties and hundreds of homes across Galway, Tipperary, Cork and Wexford in Ireland without power.
Glencoe wind speed January 24, 2018
Storm Georgina January 24, 2018
Storm Georgina January 24, 2018 - Scotland. Credit: NASA Terra/MODIS
Heavy rain and snowmelt caused flooding in parts of southern Scotland, with Scottish Environment Protection Agency issuing 32 flood warnings at one point.
The worst of the flooding hit Whitesands area of Dumfries as the River Nith burst its banks after reaching 4.25 m (13.9 feet) at around 16:00 local time. The levels were well above its normal range of 0.3 to 3 m (1 - 9.8 feet). 
Rail services have been disrupted after a landslide buried tracks near Kirkconnel in Dumfries and another between Glasgow and Edinburgh.
According to the UK Met Office, an early analysis shows that a sting jet could have formed over the sea west of the Western Isles in the early hours of Wednesday morning. Sting jets can cause very high wind speeds in a concentrated area and occur when air rapidly descends from high in the atmosphere. Sting jets have been observed in past storms including Storm Doris of February 2017 and the 1987 Great Storm.
The country is now bracing for a cold plunge with temperatures dropping to -4 °C (24.8 °F) and even snow in the 24 hours after the storm.
Georgina is the 7th named storm to hit the UK this season, 8th if we count Ex-Hurricane Ophelia.
Featured image: Whitesands in Dumfries, Scotland on January 24, 2018. Credit: Nithsdale Police

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