Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 102 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Thursday, 24 January 1974 at 19:12 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 102 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Thursday, 24 January 1974 at 19:12 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 45 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: 24 Jan 1974 19:12:52 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 45.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 42.126°N / 143.913°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Nearest volcano: Akan (140 km / 87 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
102 km (63 mi) SSW of Kushiro (pop: 183,600) --> See nearby quakes!
105 km (66 mi) SE of Obihiro (pop: 173,900) --> See nearby quakes!
113 km (70 mi) SSE of Otofuke (pop: 40,900) --> See nearby quakes!
129 km (80 mi) E of Shizunai-furukawachō (pop: 22,400) --> See nearby quakes!
187 km (116 mi) S of Kitami (pop: 113,100) --> See nearby quakes!
198 km (123 mi) ESE of Tomakomai (pop: 174,800) --> See nearby quakes!
201 km (125 mi) ESE of Chitose (pop: 92,900) --> See nearby quakes!
222 km (138 mi) SE of Asahikawa (pop: 356,600) --> See nearby quakes!
234 km (146 mi) ESE of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) --> See nearby quakes!
803 km (499 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.145 kmHokkaido, Japan regionUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 22 Jun 1974 16:06 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    94 km (58.4 mi) depth
    46 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Mar 1974 00:08 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    94 km (58.4 mi) depth
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Jan 1974 10:20 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    54 km (33.6 mi) depth
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Jan 1974 10:04 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    41 km (25.5 mi) depth
    37 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Jan 1974 23:38 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    41 km (25.5 mi) depth
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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