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Light earthquake: M4.7 quake has struck near Oarai in Japan

Earthquake location 36.3668S, 141.1929WA light earthquake magnitude 4.7 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 53 kilometers (33 miles) from Oarai in Japan. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 141.1929 East, latitude 36.3668 North, depth = 33.02 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 33.02 km (21 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 04/05/20 / 2020-05-04 13:34:32 / May 4, 2020 @ 1:34 pm. The 4.7-magnitude earthquake was detected at 22:34:32 / 10:34 pm (local time epicenter). Id of earthquake: us700099sl. Event ids that are associated: us700099sl.

The epicenter was 81 km (50 miles) from Iwaki (c. 357 300 pop), 67 km (42 miles) from Mito-shi (c. 246 500 pop), 55 km (34 miles) from Hitachi (c. 186 300 pop), 59 km (37 miles) from Hitachi-Naka (c. 156 800 pop), 59 km (37 miles) from Katsuta (c. 156 000 pop), 81 km (50 miles) from Katori-shi (c. 83 200 pop), 66 km (41 miles) from Kashima-shi (c. 65 800 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Naka, Makabe, Mashiko (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop) (That might be effected).

In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days eleven and in the last 365 days sixty-seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 53 km E of Oarai, Japan.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.7 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 141.1929° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 36.3668° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 33.02 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 53km E of Oarai, Japan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2020-05-04 13:34:32 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-05-04 13:57:48 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 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 2.412 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.64 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 126 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 us700099sl Id of event.
Event Code 700099sl An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us700099sl, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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