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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 …

Massive dust, wind and rain storm hits Southern Nevada, causing a mass power outage

Massive dust, wind and rain storm hits Southern Nevada, causing mass power outage

A massive dust, wind and rain storm rolled through Southern Nevada on the evening of August 11, 2018, knocking down trees and power poles, sparking fires and triggering flash flood warnings. More than 60 000 customers were left without power.
The National Weather Service sent out smartphone alerts for severe thunderstorm around 20:00 local time. Shortly after, the storm moved in with winds in excess of 96 km/h (60 mph) and gusts to 114 km/h (71 mph).
The Las Vegas Fire Department reported downed power lines and power poles across the city and a few outside fires due to downed wires. Department spokesman Tim Szymanski warned the public to avoid downed wires and to take shelter indoors.
In addition, a lightning strike set at least one building on fire. 
As of 22:10 local time, more than 62 500 NV Energy customers were without power in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson, as well as the Laughlin area. As 05:00 local time, August 12, there were still 35 000 customers without power.
The storm also forced the Las Vegas 51s to suspend their game at Cashman Field. 
McCarran International Airport reported a delay overage of about 25 minutes, with inbound flights held at least until 22:30. Arriving flights were delayed as well. 

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