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Light magnitude 4.8 quake hits 54 km south of Obihiro, Japan in the afternoon

Fri, 15 Jan 2021, 09:00
4.8 quake 15 Jan 5:40 pm (GMT +9)
4.8 quake 15 Jan 5:40 pm (GMT +9)
Just 11 minutes ago, a 4.8-magnitude earthquake struck near Obihiro, Obihiro Shi, Hokkaido, Japan. The tremor was recorded in the afternoon on Friday 15 January 2021 at 5:40 pm local time, at a moderately shallow depth of 56.9 km below the surface.
The event was filed by NIED, the first seismological agency to report it.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.4.
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 Obihiro (pop. 173,900) located 54 km from the epicenter, and Otofuke (pop. 40,900) 63 km away.
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Date & time: 15 Jan 2021 5:40 pm (GMT +9) local time (15 Jan 2021 08:40 GMT)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 56.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 42.43°N / 143.26°E (Hiroo-gun, Hokkaido, Japan)
Primary data source: NIED

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