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Light earthquake, 4.4 mag has occurred near Ōfunato in Japan

Earthquake location 38.8729S, 142.3542WA light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) has struck on Saturday, 59 kilometers (37 miles) from Ōfunato in Japan. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 54.88 km (34 miles) below the earth’s surface. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 23/01/21 / 2021-01-23 11:19:03 / January 23, 2021 @ 11:19 am. The temblor was picked up at 11:19:03 / 11:19 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 142.3542 East, latitude 38.8729 North, depth = 54.88 km. Unique identifier: us7000d2nn. Ids that are associated to the event: us7000d2nn.

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 Miyako, Tōno, Yamada. Epicenter of the earthquake was 93 km (58 miles) from Miyako (c. 51 700 pop), 61 km (38 miles) from Kamaishi (c. 43 100 pop), 59 km (37 miles) from Ōfunato (c. 35 400 pop), 86 km (54 miles) from Tōno (c. 26 800 pop), 75 km (46 miles) from Yamada (c. 20 100 pop), 67 km (42 miles) from Ōtsuchi (c. 16 500 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days fourty-six 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. 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. 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: 59 km ESE of Ōfunato, Japan.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 142.3542° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude 38.8729° North Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 54.88 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 59 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 2021-01-23 11:19:03 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2021-01-23 12:19:45 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 298 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 2.156 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.43 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 178 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 us7000d2nn Id of event.
Event Code 7000d2nn An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us7000d2nn, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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