Magnitude 5.5 earthquake strikes near Hachinohe, Hachinohe Shi, Aomori, Japan
Fri, 19 Feb 2021, 16:3616:36 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.5 earthquake near Hachinohe, Hachinohe Shi, Aomori, Japan, was reported only 17 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 moderately shallow depth of 45 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 2:16 am 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.
5.5 quake 20 Feb 2:16 am (GMT +10)
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.4 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 Hachinohe (pop. 239,000) located 115 km from the epicenter, and Misawa (pop. 42,800) 122 km away.
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Date & time: 20 Feb 2021 2:16 am (GMT +10) local time (19 Feb 2021 16:16 GMT)
Depth: 45.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 40.69°N / 142.84°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Primary data source: GFZ
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