Very strong earthquake M6.6 hit Valparaiso, Chile

A very strong earthquake measuring M6.6 on the Richter scale struck Valparaiso, Chile, on August 23, 2014, at 22:32 UTC (18:32 local time). Both USGS and EMSC report the same magnitude in their preliminary reports. USGS reports depth of 32 km (19.9 miles), EMSC is reporting depth of 40 km.CSN (Chile) initially reported M6.4 at depth of 41.7 km and later downgraded it to 6.2 (epicenter 37 km N of Valparaiso).According to USGS, epicenter was located 18 km (11 miles) WNW of Hacienda La Calera, 23 km (14 miles) NNW of Quillota, 31 km (19 miles) SSW of La Ligua and 108 km (67 miles) NW of Santiago, Chile.There are 2 093 658 people living within 100 km radius. This earthquake can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affecte… »

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Bárðarbunga volcano eruption begins, aviation color code raised to red, Iceland

According to Icelandic Met Office, a small lava-eruption has been detected under the Dyngjujökull glacier today, August 23, 2014. The aviation color code has been raised to “red”. It could be 0 – 20 hours before lava reaches the surface of the ice but it is also possible that the lava will not break through the ice.Overall assessment from the joint daily status report 230814 of the Icelandic Met Office and the University of Iceland, Institute of Earth Sciences:The aviation color code has been raised to “red” as the data is currently interpreted as a subglacial eruption. Both the thickness of the ice at the possible contact point (100-400 m) and the volume of lava in possible contact with ice are highly uncertain. It could be 0-20 hour… »

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