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Moderate earthquake: M5.6 quake has struck near Miyako in Japan

Earthquake location 39.6666S, 142.9534WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.6 (ml/mb) was reported 85 kilometers (53 miles) from Miyako in Japan on Tuesday. Exact time and date of earthquake 02/02/16 / 2016-02-02 05:31:48 / February 2, 2016 @ 5:31 am UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, 142.9534° East, 39.6666° North, depth 17.48 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 17.48 km (11 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was reported at 15:31:48 / 3:31 pm (local time epicenter). Id of earthquake: us20004whr. Event ids that are associated: us20004whr.

Country/countries that might be effected, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop). The epicenter was 87 km (54 miles) from Miyako (c. 51 700 pop), 103 km (64 miles) from Kamaishi (c. 43 100 pop), 89 km (55 miles) from Yamada (c. 20 100 pop), 96 km (60 miles) from Ōtsuchi (c. 16 500 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Kamaishi, Ōtsuchi, Yamada (min 5000 pop).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days ninety-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world.

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity 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: 85 km E of Miyako, Japan.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 142.9534° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 39.6666° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 17.48 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 85km E of Miyako, Japan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-02-02 05:31:48 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-02 05:49:27 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 482 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 2.351 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.18 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 86 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 us20004whr Id of event.
Event Code 20004whr An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20004whr, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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