Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Eastern Honshu, Japan on Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Very strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 25 km southeast of Ofunato, Ōfunato-shi, Iwate, Japan, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 21:13 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 25 km southeast of Ofunato, Ōfunato-shi, Iwate, Japan, on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 21:13 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 53 km depth

12 May 21:22 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
May 13 07:10: Magnitude recalculated from 6.7 to 6.8.
Date & time: May 12, 2015 21:13:01 UTC
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.92°N / 141.93°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode: 38.92°S / 38.07°W
Nearest volcano: Kurikoma (99 km / 62 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
25 km (16 mi) SE of Ofunato (pop: 35,400) --> See nearby quakes!
40 km (25 mi) S of Kamaishi (pop: 43,100) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) S of Ōtsuchi (Kamihei-gun) (pop: 16,500) --> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) E of Ichinoseki (pop: 63,000) --> See nearby quakes!
73 km (45 mi) ESE of Mizusawa (pop: 61,300) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (49 mi) NE of Ishinomaki (pop: 117,200) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (50 mi) ESE of Kitakami (pop: 93,900) --> See nearby quakes!
87 km (54 mi) SE of Hanamaki (pop: 73,100) --> See nearby quakes!
118 km (73 mi) NE of Sendai (pop: 1,063,100) --> See nearby quakes!
410 km (255 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
323 km (200 mi) ENE of Sado Island (pop: 55,200) --> See nearby quakes!
417 km (259 mi) SSE of Okushiri Island (pop: 3,340) --> See nearby quakes!
475 km (295 mi) NE of Honshu Island (pop: 104,000,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.853 kmNear East Coast of Honshu, JapanGFZ
6.840 km NEAR EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPANEMSC
6.839 km33km SE of Ofunato, JapanUSGS
6.839 kmSE of Ofunato, JapanGeoAu
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Hanawa-Machi / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tokyo / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
Kolkata / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Was in office wen I felt the shake. Felt as if someone was shaking my chair.  
Tokyo / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was on bed at 6.13 a.m. in Atsugi, Japan. I heard the shaking sounds of windows and at the same time I was felt that my bed is shaking.  
Shinagawa / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Kawasaki / Light shaking (MMI IV) : At 06:15 local time our Hotel building was swinging I am at the 19th floor it takes maybe 2 minutes   
Tokyo / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Mito / Light shaking (MMI IV)
tokyo / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Dhaka / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Was working at my computer, felt light swaying. Took a while confirm that it was actually an earthquake.  
Sendai (125.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My phone alerted me beforehand, a few items fell in the kitchen. Lasted about a minute?   
Misawa, Japan / Light shaking (MMI IV) : First, the Japanese mobile phone sounded a warning, which woke me up. Then, my apartment building started shaking. I grabbed a few things and headed for the door. It stopped after about half a minute. No after shocks so far. The quake happened about   
sendai city center (117.2 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tokyo / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Akita, Akita / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Not sharp, rolled a lot, a few objects fallen.  
Ōta-ku (Japan, 425 km SW of epicenter) : My wife felt house shaking (reported through EMSC)  
Urayasu-shi (Japan, 410 km SW of epicenter) : 揺れちょっときた (reported through EMSC)  
(Japan, 412 km SW of epicenter) : Horrible (reported through EMSC)  
(Japan, 451 km SW of epicenter) : Das Bett wurde leicht durch geschüttelt. (reported through EMSC)  
Edogawa-ku (Japan, 412 km SW of epicenter) : I felt this quake. (reported through EMSC)  
Chūō-ku (Japan, 417 km SW of epicenter) : Léger tremblement du lit (reported through EMSC)  
Urayasu-shi (Japan, 414 km SW of epicenter) : やや揺れました (reported through EMSC)  
Urayasu (Japan, 413 km SW of epicenter) : The earthquake woke me up, i could feel my bed moving and items in my closet banging (reported through EMSC)  
Akita (Japan, 181 km NW of epicenter) : Got woken up by this, rolled a lot, not sharp, seemed to last a while. (reported through EMSC)  
Patna (India, 5464 km W of epicenter) : My Computer Table Is Shaking .. (reported through EMSC)  
Muzaffarpur (India, 5414 km W of epicenter) : I felt when i was sleeping (reported through EMSC)  
Kathmandu (Nepal, 5334 km W of epicenter) : Felt it in nepal..bed was shaking. (reported through EMSC)  
(Japan, 451 km SW of epicenter) : the hotel room walls were rumbling and room was shaking (reported through EMSC)  
Chuo (Japan, 417 km SW of epicenter) : i noticed that curtains swayed and (i think) the desk was moving a bit. Only occurred for about 30 seconds. (reported through EMSC)  
Hitachi-shi (Japan, 287 km SW of epicenter) : I felt that when I was sleeping. (reported through EMSC)  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (33 quakes)

  • 05 Nov 2015 18:02 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    147 km (91 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 01 Nov 2015 12:12 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    30.3 km (18.8 mi) depth
    |
    45 km (28 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Oct 2015 16:18 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    40 km (24.9 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 06 Oct 2015 10:17 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    44 km (27.3 mi) depth
    |
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 06 Oct 2015 09:32 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    37.5 km (23.3 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Oct 2015 19:35 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    46 km (28.6 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 05 Sep 2015 04:18 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    57 km (35.4 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (32 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 05 Sep 2015 03:13 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (40 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 03 Sep 2015 22:19 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    24.1 km (15 mi) depth
    |
    134 km (83 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Aug 2015 18:24 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    53 km (32.9 mi) depth
    |
    33 km (20 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 24 Aug 2015 03:59 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    45 km (28 mi) depth
    |
    113 km (70 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 23 Aug 2015 02:08 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    77 km (47.8 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 20 Aug 2015 12:57 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    44 km (27.3 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Aug 2015 13:30 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    45 km (28 mi) depth
    |
    74 km (46 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Aug 2015 02:34 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    74.1 km (46 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Aug 2015 05:30 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    56 km (34.8 mi) depth
    |
    128 km (79 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
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