A light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was reported 34 kilometers (21 miles) from Nishinoomote in Japan on Wednesday. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 28.73 km (18 miles). Exact location of earthquake, 131.3158° East, 30.8795° North, depth 28.73 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Id of earthquake: us20004hf6. Event ids that are associated: us20004hf6. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake was detected at 06:53:57 / 6:53 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 15/12/15 / 2015-12-15 21:53:57 / December 15, 2015 @ 9:53 pm UTC/GMT.
Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Miyakonojō, Sueyoshichō-ninokata, Tarumizu (min 5000 pop). Epicenter of the event was 98 km (61 miles) from Miyakonojō (c. 131 000 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Kanoya (c. 82 300 pop), 80 km (50 miles) from Nichinan (c. 44 200 pop), 75 km (46 miles) from Ibusuki (c. 29 700 pop), 68 km (42 miles) from Kushima (c. 22 100 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Sueyoshichō-ninokata (c. 20 000 pop), 89 km (55 miles) from Tarumizu (c. 19 100 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days twenty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your home, city and country. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 34 km ENE of Nishinoomote, Japan.
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