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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…

Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta" hits Mauritius and La Reunion with 3 feet of rain in 24 hours

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Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta" produced huge amounts of rain and sustained winds of over 120 km/h (75 mph) as its center passed over Mauritius and extremely close to La Reunion on January 18, 2018. Some areas received more than 800 mm (31.5 inches) of rain within 24 hours. One person in La Reunion is missing.
Berguitta's center moved over southeastern part of Mauritius around 05:00 UTC on January 18, with maximum sustained winds near 120 km/h (75 mph), causing agricultural damage, flash floods and cutting off water and power supply.
There was no major structural damage reported and no loss of lives in Mauritius, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said, adding that the population had been adequately sensitized on the threat.
Fire and Rescue Service said their staff responded to around 150 calls for assistance, most of them for flooding in Chebel, Beau-Bassin, Rose-Hill, Quatre-Bornes, Vacoas, Floreal, Curepipe and Port Louis. At least 15 people were rescued from floodwaters in Eau-Coulee, La Marie and Bambous.
Tropical Cyclone Berguitta January 19, 2018 JTWC forecast track
Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta" JTWC forecast track at 09:00 UTC on January 19, 2018
The cyclone passed just east of La Reunion a couple of hours later, bringing more than 800 mm (31.5 inches) of rain within 24 hours.
Severe flooding was reported in Saint-Leu, Saint-Louis, Saint-Pierre and Cilaos. According to the initial assessment, a total of 150 emergency interventions were performed, 208 people were evacuated and 153 accommodated in evacuation centers.
Some 5 000 people were left without power supply, and almost half an island without water, according to FloodList.
One man is missing in L'Étang-Salé after floodwaters swept away his vehicle. As of early January 19, he is still missing.
Featured image: Effects of Tropical Cyclone "Berguitta" on January 18, 2018 - La Reunion. Credit: MichelPayetPhotoGraphy

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