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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…

Large landspout tornado touches down near Griffin, Saskatchewan

Large landspout tornado touches down near Griffin, Saskatchewan

A large landspout tornado touched down near Griffin, Saskatchewan, a prairie and boreal province in western Canada, on Saturday, June 23, 2018. It was one of at least two twisters spotted in the area that day.


The tornado was on the ground for about 10 minutes around 17:45 local time, Environment Canada said, confirming the twister as a landspout tornado.
While landspout tornadoes tend to be a little weaker than their supercell cousins, they certainly can cause damage and 'are not to be taken lightly,' Environment Canada meteorologist Mark Melsness said.
Locals said there were no emergency alerts or weather warnings.
Van Stavern family, who took the video above, said they were initially shocked that they had not received a tornado warning from the Saskatchewan government's emergency alert system.
"We would have hidden in the basement if the tornado had gotten any closer," they said, adding that they never planned for how they would respond to a tornado because they had never seen one touch down in their area before. 
Saturday's tornado did not cause any damage as it touched down in an empty field. This gave it the lowest rating of EF-0.
State meteorologists warned residents they should seek shelter if they see a tornado, as blowing debris and the accompanying lightning can be deadly.
Featured image: Landspout tornado touches down near Griffin, Canada on June 23, 2018. Credit: Chelsey Van Stavern.

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