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Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - 100 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Sunday, Oct 26, 1952 at 3:53 pm (GMT +0)

Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - 100 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Sunday, Oct 26, 1952 at 3:53 pm (GMT +0)

Very strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 28 km depth

Date & time: Oct 26, 1952 15:53:09 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, Oct 26, 1952 at 3:53 pm (GMT +0)
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 27.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.522°N / 143.094°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode: 39.522°S / 36.906°W
Nearest volcano: Nanashigure (180 km / 112 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
98 km (61 mi) E of Yamada (Shimohei-gun) (pop: 20,100) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) E of Miyako (pop: 51,700) --> See nearby quakes!
109 km (68 mi) ENE of Kamaishi (pop: 43,100) --> See nearby quakes!
168 km (104 mi) E of Morioka (pop: 295,200) --> See nearby quakes!
171 km (106 mi) E of Hanamaki (pop: 73,100) --> See nearby quakes!
172 km (107 mi) E of Kitakami (pop: 93,900) --> See nearby quakes!
174 km (108 mi) SE of Hachinohe (pop: 239,000) --> See nearby quakes!
198 km (123 mi) NE of Ishinomaki (pop: 117,200) --> See nearby quakes!
420 km (261 mi) SSE of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) --> See nearby quakes!
521 km (324 mi) NE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.528 kmoff the east coast of Honshu, JapanUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Oct 31, 1952 16:37
70 years ago
6.5

20 km
144 km SE of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Oct 28, 1952 16:45
70 years ago
6.0

15 km
131 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Oct 28, 1952 06:31
70 years ago
6.3

15 km
120 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Oct 27, 1952 03:17
70 years ago
6.5

23 km
109 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Oct 26, 1952 20:27
70 years ago
5.9

23 km
139 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Oct 26, 1952 19:19
70 years ago
6.3

24 km
107 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Oct 26, 1952 18:02
70 years ago
6.5

25 km
144 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore

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