Light magnitude 4.3 earthquake 97 km northwest of Ishigaki, Japan
Fri, 13 Nov 2020, 07:5707:57 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A shallow magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported early afternoon near the village of Shirahama, Japan.
4.3 quake 75 km NNW of Shirahama, Japan, 13 Nov 3.35 pm (GMT +9)
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Friday 13 November 2020 at 3.35 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.3 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in Shirahama (pop. 300) located 75 km from the epicenter, and Yonakuni (pop. 1,700) 79 km away.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Ishigaki (pop. 44,800) located 97 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: Fri, 13 Nov 06:35 UTC
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 24.95°N / 123.63°E
Primary data source: EMSC