Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - East China Sea, 57 km southeast of Suwanose-jima Island, Japan, on Wednesday, May 18, 1960 at 06:35 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - East China Sea, 57 km southeast of Suwanose-jima Island, Japan, on Wednesday, May 18, 1960 at 06:35 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 59 km depth

Date & time: May 18, 1960 06:35:11 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 59.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 29.181°N / 130.004°E (East China Sea, Japan)
Antipode: 29.181°S / 49.996°W
Nearest volcano: Akuseki-jima (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
104 km (65 mi) NNE of Naze (pop: 41,400) --> See nearby quakes!
237 km (147 mi) SSW of Ibusuki (pop: 29,700) --> See nearby quakes!
258 km (160 mi) SSW of Kanoya (pop: 82,300) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) S of Kagoshima (pop: 555,400) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) SSW of Kokubu-matsuki (pop: 57,900) --> See nearby quakes!
295 km (183 mi) S of Sendai (pop: 73,100) --> See nearby quakes!
333 km (207 mi) SSW of Miyazaki (pop: 311,200) --> See nearby quakes!
397 km (247 mi) S of Nagasaki (pop: 410,200) --> See nearby quakes!
401 km (249 mi) NE of Naha (pop: 300,800) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (254 mi) S of Kumamoto (pop: 680,400) --> 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!) More info
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6.559 kmRyukyu Islands, JapanUSGS
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