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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…

'Long-duration' M5.5 earthquake shakes Peloponnese, Greece

'Long-duration' M5.5 earthquake shakes Peloponnese, Greece

A shallow earthquake registered by the EMSC as Mw5.5 earthquake hit near the coast of southwestern Peloponnese, a peninsula in southern Greece, at 05:14 UTC (08:14 local time) on June 25, 2018. The quake hit at a depth of 10 km (5 miles). The USGS reports M5.5 at a depth of 30.4 km (19 miles). The Institute of Geodynamics of the National Observatory of Athens reports M5.2 at a depth of 7 km (4.3 miles).
The epicenter was located 27 km (16.8 miles) W of Methóni (population), 69.2 km (43 miles) WSW of Kalamata (population 54 100) and 96.9 km (60.2 miles) WSE of Spárti (population 16 239), Greece.
There were no immediate reports of serious damage or injuries, officials said.
Greece earthquake June 25, 2018
"The earthquake had a long duration and initially we were worried," the Mayor of the town of Pylos told the Greek Reporter. Pylos is located 31 km (20 miles) northeast of the epicenter.
Locals report several earthquakes minutes apart.
The head of Greece’s Earthquake Planning and Protection Organization, Efthymios Lekkas, said that it was likely this was the main quake with aftershocks not expected to be stronger.
According to EMSC, two aftershocks measuring M2.9 and M3.0 hit the same area at 06:07 and 07:02 UTC, respectively.
Featured image credit: USGS

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