Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Philippines Sea, 38 km southeast of Miyazaki, Japan, on Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 22:43 (GMT)

This quake was likely a foreshock of the 6.2 quake Philippines Sea, 34 km east of Miyazaki, Japan, 9 May 2019 23:48 GMT, which followed after 1 hour and 5 minutes.
Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Philippines Sea, 38 km southeast of Miyazaki, Japan, on Thursday, 9 May 2019 at 22:43 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

9 May 22:51 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
May 10 08:52: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6.
Date & time: 9 May 2019 22:43:21 UTC
Magnitude: 5.6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 31.77°N / 131.78°E (Philippines Sea, Japan)
Nearest volcano: Kirishima (92 km / 57 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
38 km (24 mi) ESE of Miyazaki (pop: 311,200) --> See nearby quakes!
43 km (27 mi) ENE of Nichinan (pop: 44,200) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) SE of Takanabe (Kōyu-gun) (pop: 22,500) --> See nearby quakes!
51 km (32 mi) SE of Tsuma (Saito-shi) (pop: 34,300) --> See nearby quakes!
68 km (42 mi) E of Miyakonojō (pop: 131,000) --> See nearby quakes!
79 km (49 mi) ESE of Kobayashi (pop: 39,700) --> See nearby quakes!
91 km (57 mi) S of Nobeoka (pop: 121,900) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) ENE of Kanoya (pop: 82,300) --> See nearby quakes!
240 km (149 mi) SSE of Fukuoka (pop: 1,392,300) --> See nearby quakes!
851 km (529 mi) WSW of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
104 km (65 mi) SE of Kyushu Island (pop: 13,232,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
Also if you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable also to earthquake science and earthquake hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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.
5.610 kmKyushu, JapanGFZ
5.930 kmKyushu, JapanEMSC
5.710 kmKyushu, JapanBMKG
5.635 km44km ESE of Miyazaki-shi, JapanUSGS
5.740 kmKyushu, JapanGeoAu
6.020 kmKyushu, Japan [Sea: Japan]INGV
5.720 km日本九州岛附近海域 (Japan)CEIC

User reports for this quake (5)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Leave a comment if you find a particular report interesting or want to add to it.
Flag as inappropriate.
Mark as helpful or interesting.
Send your own user report!
My home outside Qulin, Missouri (11247.5 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Arcata, California / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Only a more than slight rolling of the ground. I feel earthquakes no matter the location, generally 12 to 24 hours in advance of the event. Problamatic is not knowing the area but only the knowledge that an earthquake over 3.0 or 3.5 will occur.  
Miyazaki / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Hiroshima / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Beppu / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I am living on 4th floor and felt it.  
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Try our free app!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Android | iOS version
Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Additional seismic data sources
  • Improved content in English
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.