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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…

Huge rockslide in Castell de Mur buries a vehicle after heavy rainfall, Spain

Huge rockslide in Castell de Mur buries a vehicle after heavy rainfall, Spain

A major, fatal rockslide event took place at Castell de Mur in Catalonia, Spain on Monday, April 16, 2018, killing at least 2 people.
According to first estimates, this rock slope failure had a mass of about 50 000 tonnes and a volume of 20 000 cubic meters (706 300 cubic feet).
"The landslide came off of a steep scarp and swept across and buried a highway," landslides expert Dr. Dave Petley said. "Unfortunately there was a car on the road at the time, and the two occupants were killed."
An engineering geologist Carlos Jiméne said this area has a history of landslides.
He noted that near to this rockslide there is an abandoned small village called Les Esplugues de Mur. This village had to be abandoned around 70 years ago because of effects of repeated rockslides, which even destroyed some houses.
The only remaining building was the church, but this has been destroyed in Monday's rockslide. 
"It appears that the landslide followed a period of heavy rainfall," Petley said.
"It is worth noting the challenges faced by the emergency service in an accident like this," he added.
"Accessing the site is very challenging, and of course there is always the risk of further slope collapses. Moving the boulders, when they are this size, is a great challenge, and of course, a rockslide such as this is very traumatic for the victims."
Featured image: Large rockslide hits Castel del Mur, Catalonia, Spain. Credit: Bombers

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