Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Japan Sea, 37 km southeast of Okushiri Island, Hokkaido, Japan, on Saturday, August 7, 1993 at 19:42 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Japan Sea, 37 km southeast of Okushiri Island, Hokkaido, Japan, on Saturday, August 7, 1993 at 19:42 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 14 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Aug 7, 1993 19:42:41 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 13.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 41.985°N / 139.839°E (Japan Sea, Japan)
Antipode: 41.985°S / 40.161°W
Nearest volcano: Okushiri-Katsuma-yama (38 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
69 km (43 mi) WNW of Kamiiso (pop: 38,100) --> See nearby quakes!
71 km (44 mi) W of Honchō (Kameda-gun) (pop: 30,000) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (48 mi) WNW of Hakodate (pop: 275,700) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) WSW of Date (pop: 35,300) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (63 mi) WSW of Muroran (pop: 96,200) --> See nearby quakes!
138 km (86 mi) NW of Mutsu (pop: 49,200) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (87 mi) NNW of Goshogawara (pop: 49,100) --> See nearby quakes!
150 km (93 mi) NNW of Aomori (pop: 298,400) --> See nearby quakes!
173 km (107 mi) SW of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) --> See nearby quakes!
700 km (435 mi) N of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> 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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6.514 kmHokkaido, Japan regionUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

  • 08 Oct 1993 13:57 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    24.3 km (15.1 mi) depth
    78 km (48 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Sep 1993 00:07 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    21.6 km (13.4 mi) depth
    77 km (48 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Aug 1993 13:15 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    19.5 km (12.1 mi) depth
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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