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Very strong mag. 6.9 earthquake - Ostrov Shumshu, 29 km east of Severo-Kuril'sk, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia, on Friday, September 4, 1953 at 07:23 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.9 earthquake - Ostrov Shumshu, 29 km east of Severo-Kuril\'sk, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia, on Friday, September 4, 1953 at 07:23 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.9 earthquake at 56 km depth

Date & time: Sep 4, 1953 07:23:10 UTC
Magnitude: 6.9
Depth: 56.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 50.645°N / 156.532°E (North Pacific Ocean, Russia)
Antipode: 50.645°S / 23.468°W
Nearest volcano: Ebeko (36 km / 22 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
29 km (18 mi) E of Severo-Kuril'sk (pop: 2,420) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) S of Ozernovskiy (pop: 2,620) --> See nearby quakes!
284 km (176 mi) SSW of Paratunka (pop: 1,770) --> See nearby quakes!
285 km (177 mi) SSW of Vilyuchinsk (Yelizovsky District) (pop: 25,200) --> See nearby quakes!
305 km (190 mi) SSW of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy (pop: 187,300) --> See nearby quakes!
310 km (193 mi) SSW of Yelizovo (pop: 40,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1015 joules (392 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 21.1 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.956 kmKuril Islands (Russia)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Dec 13, 1953 06:56
68 years ago
6.0

20 km
284 km S of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Kamchatka, RussiaMore
Nov 10, 1953 23:40
69 years ago
6.6

57 km
47 km E of Ostrov Kambal’nyy Island, Kamchatka, RussiaMore
Oct 28, 1953 12:09
69 years ago
6.0

35 km
55 km S of Ostrov Dym Island, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Oct 11, 1953 13:08
69 years ago
6.6

50 km
49 km S of Ostrov Ptenets Island, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Sep 26, 1953 01:02
69 years ago
6.1

46 km
45 km SE of Ostrov Kambal’nyy Island, Kamchatka, RussiaMore
Sep 23, 1953 02:14
69 years ago
6.6

55 km
38 km SE of Ostrov Ptenets Island, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Sep 5, 1953 18:58
69 years ago
6.1

51 km
33 km SE of Ostrov Serdtse Alaida Island, Kamchatka, RussiaMore

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