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Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 137 km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 5:46 pm (GMT +8) -

Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 137 km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 5:46 pm (GMT +8) Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Philippine Sea, 137 km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan, on Monday, Jan 3, 2022 at 5:46 pm (GMT +8)

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 29 km depth

3 Jan 09:51 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.
3 Jan 09:53: Now using data updates from GFZ
3 Jan 09:57: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 6.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 27.0 km (from 6.2 to 16.8 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 4.6 km (2.9 mi) towards ESE.
3 Jan 10:07: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Mon, 3 Jan 2022, 09:57

Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.9 just reported 140 km southeast of Taipei, Taiwan

5.9 quake 3 Jan 6:46 pm (GMT +9)
5.9 quake 3 Jan 6:46 pm (GMT +9)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred early evening on Monday, January 3rd, 2022, at 6:46 pm local time near Taipei, Taipei City, Taiwan, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.7. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.7.
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 Taipei (pop. 7,871,900) located 140 km from the epicenter.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 3, 2022 09:46:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Jan 3, 2022 at 5:46 pm (GMT +8)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude6.2
Depth28.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude23.9968°N / 122.2352°E (Philippine Sea, Taiwan)
Antipode23.997°S / 57.765°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking
Felt41 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoUnnamed 24.00°N/121.83°E (41 km / 25 mi)
Nearby towns and cities137 km (85 mi) SSE of Taipei (pop: 7,871,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
92 km (57 mi) SW of Kumi Island (pop: 1,680) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
333 km (207 mi) SE of Matsu Island (pop: 4,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
395 km (245 mi) E of Kinmen Island (pop: 127,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 21°C (70 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from NE
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.229 km64 Km E of Hualien City, TaiwanUSGS
6.230 kmTAIWAN REGIONEMSC
6.229 kmTaiwan RegionRaspberryShake
5.710 kmTaiwan: Near TaipeiRENASS
6.320 kmTaiwan Region [Sea: Taiwan]INGV
6.127 kmTaiwan RegionGFZ
6.118 kmTaiwan RegionGeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Taipei, Taiwan (TATO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 132 km / 82 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Taipei, Taiwan: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (46)

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Tainan city, Taiwan (233.2 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Sitting on the couch on the 7th floor and the floor started to wobble. Walked to the balcony and the wall was moving slightly too. | 17 users found this interesting.  
Taipei (132.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : In lab. The little frog tank almost fell off the table. False ceiling has a small crack. Was moderately strong | 15 users found this interesting.  
頂溪 apartment. 15th floor / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / several minutes : I had to grab my kitchen counter to stand and hold on. water bottles and boxes of tea bags fell.Strong shaking | 13 users found this interesting.  
Taipei City, Taiwan (145.7 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 30-60 s : on elevated train, so felt quite strong. usually I'm on 16th floor of SRC building during quakes, so this was a new experience | 12 users found this interesting.  
Taipei, Taiwan (136.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : was sitting down when everything started to move | 13 users found this interesting.  
Hsinchu, Taiwan (155 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : I was just in bed and it shaked. | 10 users found this interesting.  
Taipei City 111 / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Too much shaking to attempt walking to the door. Dog barked and ran out into the front room. Nothing broken. | 8 users found this interesting.  
Taipei / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : 11 floor, lamps swinging, no damage | 9 users found this interesting.  
Taipei / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes : Moderate shaking. I’ve lived in Taiwan 20 years, so lots of quakes but that was a big one! | 8 users found this interesting.  
Taipei, Shilin, 1st floor (116.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 15-20 s : side to side movement. pots lightly clanking on the wall in the kitchen. Lasted over 15 seconds. | 4 users found this interesting.  
Taipei (159.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Laying in bed on 5th floor. Building swaying and slight shaking for 30 seconds | 4 users found this interesting.  
Laguna, PH (1099.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : N/A. Maybe distracted playing indie mobile games. | 3 users found this interesting.  
near Taoyuan City, Taiwan (159.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Sicken | 3 users found this interesting.  
Taipei, Beitou district / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes : Weak shaking, lamps swinging, dizzy feeling | 3 users found this interesting.  
Makati City, Southern Manila District, National Capital Region (1058 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : We are in Makati Philippines did not feel anything. Caviti Ph just had one. | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Taoyuan (155 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
Taipei City, Xingtian Temple (Hsing Tian Kong) (138.2 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s
31 km of Taichung (152 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 30-60 s
Taipei City, Xingtian Temple (Hsing Tian Kong) (138.2 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s
Taipei city (142.3 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Singapore, SG.01 (3208.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s
Banciao, New Taipei, Taipei (134.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s
taichung (159.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
near Daxi (141.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes
Taipei (134.4 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Yingge (141.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 30-60 s
Taipei (138.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s
taipei (152.2 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 5-10 s
MIAOLI / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Taipeh / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s
Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia / not felt
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (39 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jun 24, 2022 17:44
24 weeks ago
4.2

53 km
Philippine Sea, 29 km S of Yonakuni, Yaeyama-gun, Okinawa, JapanMore
Jun 23, 2022 22:32
24 weeks ago
5.1

26 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 88 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Jun 23, 2022 21:58
24 weeks ago
4.2

10 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 89 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Jun 2, 2022 06:03
27 weeks ago
4.5

8 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 99 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 24, 2022 07:37
29 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 94 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 14, 2022 10:05
30 weeks ago
4.5

24 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 100 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 12, 2022 11:45
30 weeks ago
4.4

10 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 98 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 9, 2022 14:09
31 weeks ago
4.6

35 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 97 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 9, 2022 07:45
31 weeks ago
5.0

24 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 96 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 9, 2022 06:23
31 weeks ago - felt
6.3

27 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 91 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
May 2, 2022 18:43
32 weeks ago
4.5

30 km
Philippine Sea, 9.3 km NE of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Apr 23, 2022 17:53
33 weeks ago
4.1

35 km
Philippine Sea, 30 km SE of Yilan, TaiwanMore
Apr 23, 2022 07:31
33 weeks ago
4.7

39 km
1 km SE of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Apr 14, 2022 19:06
34 weeks ago
4.9

6 km
Philippine Sea, 34 km S of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Apr 13, 2022 09:28
34 weeks ago
4.1

14 km
Philippine Sea, 37 km SE of Yilan, TaiwanMore
Mar 29, 2022 09:06
37 weeks ago
4.4

10 km
Philippine Sea, 72 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Mar 28, 2022 20:23
37 weeks ago
4.6

10 km
Philippine Sea, 72 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Mar 21, 2022 23:09
38 weeks ago
4.9

18 km
Philippine Sea, 64 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Mar 21, 2022 12:31
38 weeks ago
4.4

10 km
Philippine Sea, 71 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Mar 18, 2022 12:50
38 weeks ago
4.8

10 km
Philippine Sea, 75 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Mar 12, 2022 01:54
39 weeks ago
4.1

22 km
Philippine Sea, 78 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 20, 2022 10:49
42 weeks ago
4.5

30 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 97 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 20, 2022 06:39
42 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Philippine Sea, Japan, 97 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 16, 2022 05:41
42 weeks ago
4.5

10 km
15 km S of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 12, 2022 03:09
43 weeks ago
4.5

10 km
Philippine Sea, 79 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 11, 2022 18:19
43 weeks ago
4.5

34 km
Philippine Sea, 76 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 11, 2022 17:47
43 weeks ago
4.5

21 km
Philippine Sea, 73 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 11, 2022 16:43
43 weeks ago - felt
5.5

10 km
Philippine Sea, 69 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 11, 2022 12:51
43 weeks ago
4.9

22 km
Philippine Sea, 74 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 10, 2022 09:38
43 weeks ago
4.6

22 km
Philippine Sea, 69 km E of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Feb 7, 2022 10:58
44 weeks ago - felt
5.1

30 km
Philippine Sea, 50 km SE of Yilan, TaiwanMore
Feb 6, 2022 23:52
44 weeks ago
4.2

11 km
28 km S of Yilan, TaiwanMore
Feb 5, 2022 13:52
44 weeks ago
4.0

5 km
Philippine Sea, 28 km S of Hualien City, TaiwanMore
Jan 25, 2022 14:35
46 weeks ago - felt
4.5

64 km
Philippine Sea, 66 km SE of Taipei, TaiwanMore
Jan 23, 2022 08:22
46 weeks ago
4.0

13 km
Philippine Sea, 77 km SE of Taipei, TaiwanMore
Jan 16, 2022 08:15
47 weeks ago - felt
5.2

51 km
Philippine Sea, 121 km SE of Taipei, TaiwanMore
Jan 14, 2022 22:16
47 weeks ago
4.1

22 km
Philippine Sea, JapanMore
Jan 5, 2022 13:11
48 weeks ago
4.9

23 km
Philippine Sea, JapanMore
Jan 3, 2022 23:17
49 weeks ago - felt
5.0

27 km
Philippine Sea, 131 km SE of Taipei, TaiwanMore

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