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…

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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