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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Kyushu, Japan on Thursday, 14 April 2016

Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 6.9 km west of Kumamoto, Prefectura de Kumamoto, Japan, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:26 GMT

This quake was likely a foreshock of the 7.0 quake 12 km northwest of Kumamoto, Prefectura de Kumamoto, Japan, April 15, 2016 16:25 GMT, which followed after 1 day 4 hours.
Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 6.9 km west of Kumamoto, Prefectura de Kumamoto, Japan, on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 12:26 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 21 km depth

14 Apr 12:35 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Apr 14 12:37: Magnitude recalculated from 6.0 to 6.1.
Apr 14 12:38: Magnitude recalculated from 6.1 to 6.0.
Apr 14 12:41: Magnitude recalculated from 6.0 to 6.2.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 21.0 km.
Apr 14 13:34: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.1.
Date & time: Apr 14, 2016 12:26:37 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 21.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 32.79°N / 130.62°E (Kumamoto Shi, Prefectura de Kumamoto, Japan)
Antipode: 32.79°S / 49.38°W
Nearest volcano: Aso (56 km / 35 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
7 km (4 mi) WSW of Kumamoto (pop: 680,400) --> See nearby quakes!
13 km (8 mi) NNW of Uto (pop: 39,200) --> See nearby quakes!
14 km (9 mi) SSW of Uekimachi-mōno (Kumamoto) (pop: 31,700) --> See nearby quakes!
16 km (10 mi) NNW of Matsubase (Uki) (pop: 26,200) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) WSW of Ōzu (Kikuchi District) (pop: 29,800) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) SSW of Yamaga (pop: 32,300) --> See nearby quakes!
31 km (19 mi) SSE of Omuta (Fukuoka) (pop: 132,000) --> See nearby quakes!
32 km (20 mi) N of Honmachi (pop: 104,300) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) SSE of Fukuoka (pop: 1,392,300) --> See nearby quakes!
894 km (555 mi) WSW of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.121 kmKyushu, JapanGFZ
6.115 km KYUSHU, JAPANEMSC
6.210 km- 7km SW of Ueki, JapanUSGS
6.210 kmSW of Ueki, JapanGeoAu
6.220 km日本九州岛CEIC
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Kumamoto city / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : I was about 7kms from epicentre, it felt like a train hit the side of the house... vicious jolt, only lasted about 7 seconds though, non stop aftershocks.  
Fukuoka / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I'm really still scare. Very worry about my little son.   
Fukuoka / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I'm really still scare. Very worry about my little son.   
Kokura / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tokyo (894.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Tokyo (894.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Tokyo (894.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Germany / not felt : ghfthztzutz  
Nagasaki city / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Fukuoka, Hakata (91 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
fukuoka / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Hiroshima / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Ōzu-machi (Japan, 23 km E of epicenter) : My first earthquake and boy what a doozie. Really scary and have been feeling very strong aftershocks. (reported through EMSC)  
Fukuoka-shi (Japan, 90 km NW of epicenter) : I'm so scared (reported through EMSC)  
Shinjuku-ku (Japan, 884 km E of epicenter) : We are on the 21 floor of the Keio Plaza in Toyko. I barely felt it but my wife did not. (reported through EMSC)  
Seoul (South Korea, 627 km NW of epicenter) : Was lying in bed and started gentle rocking from side to side. Looked at clock and it read 9.26 pm (KST). Went to google and saw a tremor in Japan at the same time. Just wondering is Seoul too far away to be felt? (reported through EMSC)  
Minamiaso-mura (Japan, 23 km E of epicenter) : Some road damage almost hit the house . First earthquake for me , very scary in japanese 100 year old building (reported through EMSC)  
Hiroshima-shi (Japan, 236 km NE of epicenter) : I was laying in the bed and felt the movement (reported through EMSC)  
Shimonoseki (Japan, 127 km N of epicenter) : Quake motion was sharp side to side movement for 5 seconds, then slowed down for 3 seconds then much stronger for another 5 seconds. We are located 70 miles north of the epicenter. (reported through EMSC)  
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