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Very strong M7.3 earthquake hits Venezuela at intermediate depth
A very strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M7.3 hit near the coast of Sucre, Venezuela at 21:31 UTC on August 21, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 123.2 km (76.5 km). EMSC is reporting M7.3 at a depth of 112 km (69.6 miles). According to the USGS, the epicenter was located  20.9 km (13.0 miles) NNW of Yaguaraparo, 38.4 km (23.9 miles) ENE of Carúpano (population 112 082), 69.4 km (43.1 miles) WNW of Güiria (population 40 000), 107.6 km (66.9 miles) ESE Porlamar (population 87 120) and 109.1 km (67.8 miles) ESE of La Asunción (population  35 084), Venezuela. There are 560 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles). Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat, PTWC said. Some 52 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 2 089 000 strong, 2 587 000 moderate and 3 928 000 light. Buildings were evacuated in the capital Caracas and people fled homes. Shaking was felt as far away as …

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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