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Moderate earthquake: M5.3 quake has struck near Nishinoomote in Japan

Earthquake location 30.0143S, 131.1419WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, 80 kilometers (50 miles) from Nishinoomote in Japan. Exact location of event, depth 20.28 km, 131.1419° East, 30.0143° North. The 5.3-magnitude earthquake was detected at 03:23:43 / 3:23 am (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 12/08/17 / 2017-08-12 18:23:43 / August 12, 2017 @ 6:23 pm UTC/GMT. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 20.28 km (13 miles). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us2000a7m5. Id of event: us2000a7m5.

Epicenter of the earthquake was 81 km (50 miles) from Nishinoomote (c. 17 800 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Nishinoomote (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop).

Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. 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 eighteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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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. 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: 80 km S of Nishinoomote, Japan.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 131.1419° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 30.0143° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 20.28 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 80km S of Nishinoomote, Japan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2017-08-12 18:23:43 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-08-12 18:42:13 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 540 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 432 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 1.603 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.86 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 54 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mww The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us2000a7m5 Id of event.
Event Code 2000a7m5 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us2000a7m5, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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