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Light earthquake, 4.7 mag strikes near Ōfunato in Japan

Earthquake location 38.7078S, 142.4679WA light earthquake magnitude 4.7 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 76 kilometers (47 miles) from Ōfunato in Japan. The temblor was picked up at 09:35:48 / 9:35 am (local time epicenter). Unique identifier: us7000csn1. Ids that are associated to the event: us7000csn1. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 44.79 km (28 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global time and date of event 20/12/20 / 2020-12-20 09:35:48 / December 20, 2020 @ 9:35 am UTC/GMT. Exact location of event, depth 44.79 km, 142.4679° East, 38.7078° North. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Close country/countries that might be effected, Japan (c. 127 288 000 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Yamada, Ōtsuchi, Kamaishi. Epicenter of the event was 82 km (51 miles) from Kamaishi (c. 43 100 pop), 77 km (48 miles) from Ōfunato (c. 35 400 pop), 95 km (59 miles) from Yamada (c. 20 100 pop), 88 km (55 miles) from Ōtsuchi (c. 16 500 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 one, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days fourty-three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Every 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. 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: 76 km ESE of Ōfunato, Japan.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.7 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 142.4679° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 38.7078° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 44.79 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 76 km ESE of Ōfunato, Japan Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2020-12-20 09:35:48 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2020-12-20 09:54:40 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 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 2.343 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.82 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 132 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 us7000csn1 Id of event.
Event Code 7000csn1 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000csn1, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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