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Moderate earthquake: M5.9 quake strikes near Namie in Japan

Earthquake location 37.3968S, 141.5478WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.9 (mg/mb) has occurred on Saturday, 49 kilometers (30 miles) from Namie in Japan. The temblor was reported at 06:29:58 / 6:29 pm (local time epicenter) at a depth of 36.85 km (23 miles). Global time of event 2014-12-20 09:29:58 UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Exact location of event, longitude 141.5478 East, latitude 37.3968 North, depth 36.85 km.

Close countries, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop). The epicenter was 113 km (70 miles) from Sendai (c. 1 063 100 pop), 114 km (71 miles) from Sendai-shi (c. 1 063 100 pop), 70 km (44 miles) from Iwaki (c. 357 300 pop), 103 km (64 miles) from Kōriyama (c. 340 600 pop), 103 km (64 miles) from Fukushima-shi (c. 294 200 pop). Nearest city, towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Hitachi, Yamoto, Matsushima.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.9 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 141.5478° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 37.3968° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 36.85 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 49km E of Namie, Japan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2014-12-20 09:29:58 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2014-12-20 09:47:57 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 540 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 7 The total number of felt reports
CDI 3.1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 4.29 The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 538 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources us A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.764 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.79 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 51 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID usc000t8p4 Id of event.
Event Code c000t8p4 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS usc000t8p4 A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

1 Comment

  1. Peter Moller

    I am in Ikebukoro area of Tokyo on 10th floor of a Hotel.
    I very clearly observed motion and (very) slight creaking in the building.
    At first I thought I was dizzy but quickly realised in was an earthquake.
    It was not very strong but clearly noticable. The duration I noticed motion
    was about 45 seconds.

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