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Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake - 113 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Sunday, Mar 20, 1960 at 5:07 pm (GMT +0)

Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake - 113 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Sunday, Mar 20, 1960 at 5:07 pm (GMT +0) Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake - 113 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Sunday, Mar 20, 1960 at 5:07 pm (GMT +0)

Major magnitude 8.0 earthquake at 15 km depth

Date & time: Mar 20, 1960 17:07:31 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, Mar 20, 1960 at 5:07 pm (GMT +0)
Magnitude: 8
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 39.869°N / 143.228°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode: 39.869°S / 36.772°W
Nearest volcano: Nanashigure (182 km / 113 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
113 km (70 mi) ENE of Miyako (pop: 51,700) --> See nearby quakes!
118 km (73 mi) ENE of Yamada (Shimohei-gun) (pop: 20,100) --> See nearby quakes!
134 km (83 mi) ENE of Kamaishi (pop: 43,100) --> See nearby quakes!
163 km (101 mi) ESE of Hachinohe (pop: 239,000) --> See nearby quakes!
179 km (111 mi) E of Morioka (pop: 295,200) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (117 mi) ENE of Hanamaki (pop: 73,100) --> See nearby quakes!
192 km (120 mi) ENE of Kitakami (pop: 93,900) --> See nearby quakes!
198 km (123 mi) ENE of Mizusawa (pop: 61,300) --> See nearby quakes!
389 km (241 mi) SSE of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) --> See nearby quakes!
559 km (347 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1016 joules (17527 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.5 x 107 tons of TNT or 942.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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8.015 kmoff the east coast of Honshu, JapanUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (52 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Mar 21, 1963 04:00
59 years ago
5.5

45 km
55 km SE of Hitachi, Ibaraki, JapanMore
Mar 1, 1963 10:45
59 years ago
5.9

30 km
150 km NE of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore
Dec 27, 1962 18:18
59 years ago
5.7

50 km
21 km NE of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Nov 14, 1962 07:48
60 years ago
5.8

30 km
37 km E of Hasaki, Chōshi-shi, Chiba, JapanMore
Nov 10, 1962 01:33
60 years ago
5.8

53 km
50 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Sep 24, 1962 14:38
60 years ago
6.0

30 km
74 km S of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 27, 1962 16:20
60 years ago
5.7

30 km
389 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jul 28, 1962 19:42
60 years ago
5.6

25 km
241 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jul 17, 1962 17:20
60 years ago
6.0

50 km
53 km E of Kushiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Apr 30, 1962 02:26
60 years ago
6.1

15 km
Tome Shi, Honshu-miyagi-ken, 21 km S of Ichinoseki, Iwate, JapanMore
Apr 25, 1962 15:47
60 years ago
6.3

35 km
401 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Apr 23, 1962 05:58
60 years ago
7.1

60 km
63 km SE of Obihiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Apr 17, 1962 20:54
60 years ago
5.6

30 km
377 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Apr 12, 1962 05:16
60 years ago
5.8

25 km
360 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Apr 12, 1962 00:52
60 years ago
7.3

28 km
378 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Feb 20, 1962 16:05
60 years ago
6.1

51 km
49 km E of Kushiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Jan 9, 1962 12:40
60 years ago
6.0

49 km
68 km E of Kushiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Nov 25, 1961 20:19
61 years ago
5.8

20 km
195 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Nov 15, 1961 07:17
61 years ago
6.5

43 km
51 km SW of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 21, 1961 17:00
61 years ago
5.6

20 km
46 km SW of Oshima Ko Island, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 11, 1961 15:51
61 years ago
7.1

44 km
60 km E of Kushiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Jul 17, 1961 16:20
61 years ago
5.8

20 km
177 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jun 19, 1961 07:38
61 years ago
6.0

35 km
127 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Jun 19, 1961 02:45
61 years ago
5.7

25 km
143 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 24, 1961 22:57
61 years ago
5.9

35 km
38 km E of Hasaki, Chōshi-shi, Chiba, JapanMore
Feb 23, 1961 04:16
61 years ago
6.2

15 km
436 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Feb 16, 1961 13:54
61 years ago
5.8

32 km
86 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Feb 15, 1961 10:45
61 years ago
6.1

34 km
74 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Feb 14, 1961 03:22
61 years ago
6.0

46 km
180 km E of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Feb 13, 1961 22:37
61 years ago
5.6

35 km
186 km E of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Feb 13, 1961 16:27
61 years ago
5.9

32 km
97 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Feb 12, 1961 23:26
61 years ago
6.3

34 km
91 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Feb 12, 1961 21:53
61 years ago
6.9

38 km
78 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Jan 16, 1961 15:41
61 years ago
6.7

30 km
193 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jan 16, 1961 14:03
61 years ago
6.2

30 km
228 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jan 16, 1961 12:12
61 years ago
7.0

30 km
200 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jan 16, 1961 11:19
61 years ago
6.3

30 km
179 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jan 16, 1961 07:20
61 years ago
7.2

30 km
192 km E of Tokyo, JapanMore
Oct 28, 1960 22:29
62 years ago
6.1

25 km
177 km SE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Aug 13, 1960 07:11
62 years ago
5.8

53 km
83 km E of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore
Aug 12, 1960 13:12
62 years ago
5.7

30 km
186 km NE of Tokyo, JapanMore
Jul 29, 1960 17:31
62 years ago
6.8

53 km
73 km E of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore
Jun 15, 1960 15:36
62 years ago
5.8

45 km
90 km NE of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Jun 3, 1960 16:18
62 years ago
5.6

64 km
81 km E of Mutsu, Aomori, JapanMore
Mar 23, 1960 22:22
62 years ago
6.2

15 km
126 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 23, 1960 11:51
62 years ago
5.8

25 km
147 km E of Kamaishi, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 23, 1960 10:28
62 years ago
5.9

25 km
150 km E of Kamaishi, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 23, 1960 08:46
62 years ago
5.9

15 km
111 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 23, 1960 01:07
62 years ago
6.4

15 km
119 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 23, 1960 00:23
62 years ago
7.0

15 km
118 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 21, 1960 09:18
62 years ago
6.0

15 km
127 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 21, 1960 00:34
62 years ago
6.1

15 km
111 km E of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
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