A light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was reported 35 kilometers (22 miles) from Oarai in Japan on Thursday. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 03/01/18 / 2018-01-03 19:29:31 / January 3, 2018 @ 7:29 pm. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 04:29:31 / 4:29 am (local time epicenter). Id of earthquake: us2000ckef. Event ids that are associated: us2000ckef. Exact location, longitude 140.9751° East, latitude 36.2262° North, depth = 35 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 35 km (22 miles) below the earth’s surface.
Epicenter of the earthquake was 92 km (57 miles) from Iwaki (c. 357 300 pop), 49 km (30 miles) from Mito-shi (c. 246 500 pop), 51 km (32 miles) from Hitachi (c. 186 300 pop), 88 km (54 miles) from Sakura (c. 182 500 pop), 79 km (49 miles) from Tsukuba (c. 175 600 pop), 44 km (27 miles) from Hitachi-Naka (c. 156 800 pop). Close country/countries, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Tōgane, Mitsukaidō, Iwaki.
In the past 24 hours, there have been seven, in the last 10 days eight, in the past 30 days thirteen and in the last 365 days one hundred 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. Each 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. 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: 35 km ESE of Oarai, Japan.
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