A light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) has struck on Thursday, 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Ofunato in Japan. Exact location, longitude 142.2488° East, latitude 38.7131° North, depth = 43.88 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 43.88 km (27 miles) below the earth’s surface. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us100033nn. Id of event: us100033nn. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake was detected at 21:57:32 / 9:57 pm (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 20/08/15 / 2015-08-20 12:57:32 / August 20, 2015 @ 12:57 pm.
Nearby country/countries, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop) (That might be effected). The epicenter was 89 km (55 miles) from Ishinomaki (c. 117 200 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Kamaishi (c. 43 100 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Ōfunato (c. 35 400 pop), 95 km (59 miles) from Yamoto (c. 32 000 pop), 91 km (57 miles) from Tōno (c. 26 800 pop), 88 km (54 miles) from Yamada (c. 20 100 pop), 79 km (49 miles) from Ōtsuchi (c. 16 500 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Yamoto, Tōno, Ishinomaki (min 5000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days fourty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.
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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 60 km SE of Ofunato, Japan.
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