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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…

Tornado hits Almeria, Spain, damaging (370 acres) of greenhouses

Tornado hits Almeria, Spain, damaging 150 ha (370 acres) of greenhouses

At least one destructive tornado swept through the municipality of El Ejido, Spain's southern province of Almeria, on January 6, 2018, damaging 150 hectares (370 acres) of greenhouses.
There were several reported tornadoes in El Ejido today, but one that formed around 11:00 local time in Pampanico was responsible for the extensive agricultural damage. Preliminary results show at least 150 hectares (370 acres) of greenhouses damaged or destroyed.
Another tornado formed in Almerimar, near Lake Victoria, and destroyed several huts and downed trees.
The storm that produced the tornadoes is responsible for placing more than half of the country of Yellow and Orange alerts for snow and ice, thunderstorms and large waves.
A woman was killed in San Juan de Nieva, Asturias after a wave dragged her into the sea. Her companion was also dragged in but he managed to swim out and notify emergency services. Resuscitation reportedly lasted one hour.
Featured image: Tornado hits El Ejido, Almeria, Spain on January 6, 2018. Credit: Francisco Torres

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