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Light earthquake, 4.7 mag was detected near Ofunato in Japan

Earthquake location 38.8179S, 141.8396WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.7 (ml/mb) was reported 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Ofunato in Japan on Saturday. Exact location of event, depth 63.46 km, 141.8396° East, 38.8179° North. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 18/12/15 / 2015-12-18 18:41:05 / December 18, 2015 @ 6:41 pm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). All ids that are associated to the event: us1000486d. Unique identifier: us1000486d. The 4.7-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 03:41:05 / 3:41 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 63.46 km (39 miles).

Epicenter of the earthquake was 65 km (40 miles) from Ishinomaki (c. 117 200 pop), 81 km (50 miles) from Kitakami (c. 93 900 pop), 81 km (51 miles) from Furukawa (c. 76 300 pop), 89 km (55 miles) from Hanamaki (c. 73 100 pop), 62 km (39 miles) from Ichinoseki (c. 63 000 pop), 70 km (44 miles) from Mizusawa (c. 61 300 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Shiogama (c. 59 500 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Tomiya, Rifu, Miyako. 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. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days fifty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.

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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 data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 30 km SSE of Ofunato, Japan.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.7 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 141.8396° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 38.8179° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 63.46 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 30km SSE of Ofunato, Japan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-12-18 18:41:05 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-12-18 21:42:08 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 540 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI 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 0 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 340 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 1.256 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.83 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 171 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 us1000486d Id of event.
Event Code 1000486d An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000486d, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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