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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…

Cyclone Gita could be the southernmost tropical cyclone ever

Cyclone Gita could break a record by striking further south than any previous tropical cyclone, according to one forecaster.
The tropical cyclone is now classified as a strong Category 2 as it moves through the Pacific, where it is making a U-turn toward middle New Zealand.
Most of the North Island is due for a hot, humid Sunday as Gita pushes a rainband ahead of it.
But it's only the start, with the MetService warning of impending heavy rain and damaging winds when Gita arrives. The forecaster is warning people to prepare for Gita's arrival by tying down loose furniture and getting supplies ready.

The tropical cyclone is expected to curve southeast late today or early on Monday and track toward us.
While the MetService predicted Gita will have lost its cyclone status by the time it arrives late on Tuesday, Weatherwatch predicted the cyclone could still be a Category 2.
WeatherWatch forecaster Philip Duncan said he had never seen such a southern tropical cyclone before, tweeting that it could break a record if it remained a tropical cyclone when it arrived in the 40th parallel.
Even as an ex-cyclone, Gita will still be a major storm according to the MetService. Heavy rain and severe gales mean there will likely be significant coastal damage, with waves up to 12m.
Heavy rain is expected from Waitomo down to the Lakes district, while severe gales are likely to hit the upper South Island and the West Coast, as well as Taranaki and Wellington.

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