Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.2 just reported 84 km southeast of Okinawa, Japan
Sun, 3 Jan 2021, 05:4405:44 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake near Okinawa, Okinawa Shi, Japan, was reported only 18 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter early afternoon on Sunday 3 January 2021 at 2:24 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
5.2 quake 3 Jan 2:24 pm (GMT +9)
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.0 earthquake.
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 Katsuren-haebaru (pop. 34,200) located 78 km from the epicenter, Gushikawa (pop. 65,300) 80 km away, Ginowan (pop. 91,800) 83 km away, Okinawa (pop. 125,500) 84 km away, Chatan (pop. 27,800) 85 km away, Itoman (pop. 57,200) 86 km away, Tomigusuku (pop. 55,700) 87 km away, Naha (pop. 300,800) 88 km away, and Nago (pop. 59,600) 93 km away.
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Date & time: 3 Jan 2:24 pm (GMT +9) local time (3 Jan 2021 05:24 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 25.92°N / 128.5°E (Philippines Sea, Japan)
Primary data source: GFZ