Very strong and dangerous M7.0 earthquake hit central Peru

A very strong earthquake measuring M7.0 on the Richter scale struck central Peru on August 24, 2014, at 23:21 UTC (18:21 local time). USGS is reporting depth of 58.9 km (36.6 miles). EMSC is reporting same magnitude and depth of 60 km.Epicenter was located 42 km (26 miles) ENE of Tambo, 61 km (38 miles) E of Puquio, 108 km (67 miles) S of Andahuaylas and 471 km (293 miles) SE of Lima, PeruThere are 288 366 people living within 100 km and about 14 000 within 20 km radius.USGS issued green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though some resistant structures exist…. »

Source: Solar News; Fukushima & Nuclear News Roundup; Aug 24, 2014

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Source: Fukushima Sub

Powerful solar flare reaching M5.9 erupted from Region 2149

A powerful solar flare measuring M5.9 at its peak time erupted from eastern limb of the Sun on August 24, 2014, at 12:17 UTC. The event started at 12:00, peaked at 12:17 and ended at 12:25 UTC.The source was new AR 2151 located at the eastern limb. Coronal Mass Ejection produced by this eruption should not be Earth directed.NOAA SWPC forecasters estimate 30% chance for M-class, and 5% chance for X-class solar flare in next two days.The geomagnetic field has been at quiet levels for the past 24 hours. Solar wind speed, as measured by the ACE spacecraft, reached a peak speed of 358 km/s at 22/2312Z. Total IMF reached 5 nT at 23/0505Z. The maximum southward component of Bz reached -4 nT at 23/0601Z. Electrons greater than 2 MeV at geosynchronous orbit reached a peak level … »

Source: Solar News