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Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 148 km southeast of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia, on Friday, August 15, 1969 at 10:02 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 148 km southeast of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia, on Friday, August 15, 1969 at 10:02 GMT Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 148 km southeast of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia, on Friday, August 15, 1969 at 10:02 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 25 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 15, 1969 10:02:19 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude6.1
Depth25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude43.11°N / 148.292°E (North Pacific Ocean, Russia)
Antipode43.11°S / 31.708°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoBerutarube (185 km / 115 mi)
Nearby towns and cities148 km (92 mi) ESE of Shikotan (pop: 2,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
221 km (137 mi) ESE of Yuzhno-Kurilsk (pop: 6,470) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
222 km (138 mi) E of Nemuro (Japan) (pop: 31,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
223 km (138 mi) ESE of Otrada (pop: 3,220) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
238 km (148 mi) S of Kuril'sk (pop: 1,720) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
263 km (163 mi) ESE of Shibetsu (Japan) (pop: 21,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
319 km (198 mi) E of Kushiro (Japan) (pop: 183,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
340 km (211 mi) ESE of Abashiri (Japan) (pop: 42,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
348 km (216 mi) E of Motomachi (Abashiri District, Japan) (pop: 23,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
364 km (226 mi) E of Kitami (Japan) (pop: 113,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.125 kmeast of the Kuril Islands (Russia)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (14 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 3, 1970 19:17
52 years ago
5.7

29 km
RussiaMore
Feb 2, 1970 18:05
52 years ago
5.8

26 km
RussiaMore
Feb 2, 1970 17:22
52 years ago
5.7

31 km
RussiaMore
Dec 28, 1969 04:53
53 years ago
5.7

29 km
100 km SE of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Sep 29, 1969 17:58
53 years ago
5.8

25 km
99 km SE of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Sep 13, 1969 11:52
53 years ago
5.7

34 km
Russia, 169 km E of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 30, 1969 08:28
53 years ago
6.1

27 km
90 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Aug 30, 1969 07:11
53 years ago
6.4

26 km
94 km E of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Aug 28, 1969 21:35
53 years ago
5.8

26 km
Russia, 177 km E of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 27, 1969 03:26
53 years ago
5.7

35 km
Russia, 178 km E of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 22, 1969 04:40
53 years ago
5.8

25 km
Russia, 199 km E of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 21, 1969 13:24
53 years ago
5.8

29 km
187 km E of Yuzhno-Kurilsk, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore
Aug 16, 1969 17:13
53 years ago
5.6

33 km
Russia, 170 km E of Nemuro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Aug 16, 1969 15:15
53 years ago
5.8

33 km
90 km SE of Shikotan, Sakhalin Oblast, RussiaMore

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