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…

Sydney Experiences Hottest Day 

since 1939:  47.3 °C - 117 °F

Sydney experiences hottest day since 1939: 47.3 °C (117 °F)

A short, sharp burst of very hot desert air hit South Australia and the southeastern States over the weekend forcing authorities to issue total fire bans and health advisories. 
The brunt of the heat took Penrith, west of Sydney where Sunday's temperatures (January 7) reached 47.3 °C (117 °F) at 15:25 local time, just shy of the record-high temperature of 47.8 °C (118 °F) Sydney recorded in 1939.
The temperature was confirmed by New South Wales BOM, according to preliminary live data from the weather station there.
Some 7 000 homes across the New South Wales were left without power Sunday, partly because of the heat.
Total fire bans remain in effect in the greater Sydney area after some 50 bushfires ignited across the state on Saturday, destroying several homes.
Residents are urged to take plenty of water and limit their outdoor exposure.
Featured image: Wind and temperature at 06:00 UTC on January 7, 2018. Credit:

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