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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…

Asteroid 2018 CC to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on February 6, 2018

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A newly discovered asteroid designated 2018 CC will flyby Earth at a distance of 0.50 LD / 0.00128 AU (~191 485 km / 118 983 miles) on February 6, 2018. This is the 9th known asteroid to flyby Earth within 1 lunar distance since the start of the year, 8th since January 15 and first this month.
This asteroid was first observed at Catalina Sky Survey on February 4, one day before its closest approach to Earth.
Asteroid 2018 CC to flyby Earth at 0.5 LD on February 6
It belongs to Apollo group of asteroids and has an estimated diameter between 13 and 29 m (42.6 - 95.1 feet).
Asteroid 2018 CC will fly past us at 20:45 UTC on February 6 at a speed (relative to the Earth) of 10.53 km/s.
We had 13 days with no known <1 LD flyby after 7 asteroids flew past us within 1 lunar distance from January 15 - 24. The silence was broken yesterday when 2 new close flybys were discovered.
The next known <1 LD flyby will take place at 09:47 UTC on February 9 when asteroid 2018 CB zips past us at a distance of 0.17 LD / 0.00043 AU. 
Reference:
Asteroid 2018 CC at Minor Planet Center; at CNEOS
Featured image: The green line indicates the object's apparent motion relative to the Earth, and the bright green marks are the object's location at approximately one-hour intervals. The Moon's orbit is grey. The blue arrow points in the direction of Earth's motion and the yellow arrow points toward the Sun. Credit: Minor Planet Center.

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