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‘Slow-moving crisis’ as Beijing bolsters South China Sea war platform

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US thinktank reveals satellite images showing new munitions depots, radar systems and fighter jet deployments to disputed region in 2017

China has created military facilities about four times the size of Buckingham palace on contested islands in the South China Sea, a new report has said, calling the build-up a “slow-moving crisis” in one of the world’s most dangerous flashpoints.

China built about 29 hectares (290,000 square metres) of new facilities on contested islands in 2017, including munitions depots, sensor arrays, radar systems and missile shelters, according to an analysis by US thinktank the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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Source: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/dec/15/militarisation-beijing-south-china-sea-islands

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#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.5 – 14km SSE of Kimitsu, Japan

DYFI? – III

Time
2017-12-15 02:42:26 UTC
2017-12-15 11:42:26 +09:00 at epicenter
Location
35.199°N 139.927°E
Depth
91.66 km (56.95 mi)

#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.5 – 14km SSE of Kimitsu, Japan

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USGS Magnitude 4.5+ Earthquakes, Past Hour

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#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.7 – 27km S of Jarm, Afghanistan

Time
2017-12-14 23:48:35 UTC
2017-12-15 04:18:35 +04:30 at epicenter
Location
36.620°N 70.855°E
Depth
197.36 km (122.63 mi)

#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.7 – 27km S of Jarm, Afghanistan

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000c4n2

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USGS Magnitude 4.5+ Earthquakes, Past Hour

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#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.9 – 89km SSW of Chirovanga, Solomon Islands

Time
2017-12-14 23:40:33 UTC
2017-12-15 09:40:33 +10:00 at epicenter
Location
7.390°S 156.246°E
Depth
78.67 km (48.88 mi)

#Earthquake Detected! – M 4.9 – 89km SSW of Chirovanga, Solomon Islands

https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/us2000c4n0

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USGS Magnitude 4.5+ Earthquakes, Past Hour