Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 35 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 10:28 am (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 35 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 10:28 am (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 54 km depth

16 Dec 01:36 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 8 minutes.
16 Dec 01:40: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.2. Epicenter location corrected by 9.9 km (6.2 mi) towards SE.
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16 Dec 04:34: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 60.0 to 54.0 km (from 37 to 34 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.4 km (6.4 mi) towards ESE.
Update Wed, 16 Dec 2020, 01:42
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Kushiro, Japan
5.2 quake 16 Dec 10:28 am (GMT +9)
5.2 quake 16 Dec 10:28 am (GMT +9)
Japan was shaken near Kushiro, Kushiro Shi, Hokkaido, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 only 14 minutes ago, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 60 km beneath the epicenter near Kushiro, Kushiro Shi, Hokkaido, Japan, in the morning on Wednesday 16 December 2020 at 10:28 am local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), which listed it as a magnitude 5.5 earthquake.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kushiro (pop. 183,600) located 38 km from the epicenter, Obihiro (pop. 173,900) 94 km away, Otofuke (pop. 40,900) 97 km away, and Nemuro (pop. 31,200) 129 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Dec 16, 2020 01:28:07 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, Dec 16, 2020 10:28 am (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 54.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 42.67°N / 144.29°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode: 42.67°S / 35.71°W
Nearest volcano: Akan (82 km / 51 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
35 km (22 mi) S of Kushiro (pop: 183,600) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) ESE of Obihiro (pop: 173,900) --> See nearby quakes!
96 km (60 mi) ESE of Otofuke (pop: 40,900) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) SW of Nemuro (pop: 31,200) --> See nearby quakes!
129 km (80 mi) SSW of Shibetsu (pop: 21,700) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) S of Motomachi (Abashiri District) (pop: 23,000) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (81 mi) SSE of Kitami (pop: 113,100) --> See nearby quakes!
198 km (123 mi) SE of Asahikawa (pop: 356,600) --> See nearby quakes!
244 km (151 mi) E of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) --> See nearby quakes!
871 km (541 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) --> See nearby quakes!
139 km (86 mi) SE of Hokkaido Island (pop: 5,500,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds -3°C (27 F), humidity: 49%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NW
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
5.555 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionGFZ
5.348 km33 Km SSW of Kushiro, JapanUSGS
5.360 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionGeoAu
5.9133 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionBMKG

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

  • 08 Feb 2021 07:50 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    58 km (36 mi) depth
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | NIED | Details
  • 25 Jan 2021 05:07 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    71.1 km (44.2 mi) depth
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | NIED | Details
  • 20 Jan 2021 10:12 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    79.7 km (49.5 mi) depth
    12 km (8 mi) distance
    | NIED | Details
  • 17 Jan 2021 23:01 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    46.7 km (29 mi) depth
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | NIED | Details
  • 14 Jan 2021 22:24 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    92.3 km (57.4 mi) depth
    2 km (1 mi) distance
    | NIED | Details
  • 07 Jan 2021 10:10 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    94.2 km (58.5 mi) depth
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | NIED | Details

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