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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…

Fireball brighter than the Moon over southern Spain

Fireball brighter than the Moon over southern Spain

A fireball brighter than the Moon was recorded over southern Spain at 05:47 UTC (06:47 local time) on January 29, 2018. The event lasted up to 6 seconds before the object disintegrated in a bright flash.
The event began at an altitude of 101 km (62.7 miles) over the province of Jean, moving quickly in a northeasterly direction. It ended at a height of about 41 km (25.4 miles) over the province of Albacete.
According to the preliminary analysis performed by Prof. Jose M. Madiedo of the University of Huelva, researcher responsible for the SMART Project, object's entry speed was estimated at 180 000 km/h, causing it to become incandescent, thus generating spectacular light phenomenon.
"The rock was completely destroyed in the atmosphere, so no fragment would have fallen to the ground in the form of a meteorite," Madiedo concluded.
Featured image: Bright fireball over southern Spain on January 29, 2018. Credit: Caha.es / Meteoroides.net

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