A light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (mg/mb) was reported Wednesday, 16 kilometers (10 miles) from Kitaibaraki in Japan. The temblor was reported at 11:23:25 / 11:23 pm (local time epicenter) at a depth of 9.78 km (6 miles). Global time of event 2014-12-31 02:23:25 UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Exact location of event, longitude 140.9086 East, latitude 36.6996 North, depth 9.78 km.
Close countries, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop). The epicenter was 93 km (58 miles) from Utsunomiya-shi (c. 449 900 pop), 39 km (24 miles) from Iwaki (c. 357 300 pop), 91 km (56 miles) from Kōriyama (c. 340 600 pop), 57 km (36 miles) from Mito-shi (c. 246 500 pop), 26 km (16 miles) from Hitachi (c. 186 300 pop). Nearest city, towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Shimodate, Kaminokawa, Utsunomiya-shi.
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