Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake at 585 km depth
30 Nov 23:02 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
30 Nov 23:03: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 587.0 to 588.0 km (from 365 to 365 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.9 km (2.4 mi) towards WSW.
1 Dec 10:52: Magnitude recalculated from 6.3 to 6.4.
Update Mon, 30 Nov 2020, 23:24Significant earthquake of magnitude 6.0 just reported 89 km southeast of Sovetskaya Gavan’, Russia
6.0 quake 1 Dec 7:54 am (GMT +9)
A very deep magnitude 6.0 earthquake was reported in the morning near Sovetskaya Gavan', Russia.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Tuesday 1 December 2020 at 7.54 am local time at a great depth of 585 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 6.4. Other agencies reporting the same quake include Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) at magnitude 6.4, Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) at magnitude 6.3, and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 6.0.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Sovetskaya Gavan'(pop. 29,700) located 89 km from the epicenter, Vanino (pop. 18,600) 103 km away, Uglegorsk (pop. 12,700) 133 km away, and Shakhtersk (pop. 10,100) 144 km away.
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