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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 54 km southeast of Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, on Friday, Mar 18, 2022 at 11:25 pm (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 54 km southeast of Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, on Friday, Mar 18, 2022 at 11:25 pm (GMT +9) Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 54 km southeast of Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, on Friday, Mar 18, 2022 at 11:25 pm (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 35 km depth

18 Mar 14:34 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 9 minutes.
18 Mar 14:35: Now using data updates from GFZ
18 Mar 14:45: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Fri, 18 Mar 2022, 14:39
Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 70 km southeast of Hachinohe, Japan late at night
5.0 quake 18 Mar 11:25 pm (GMT +9)
5.0 quake 18 Mar 11:25 pm (GMT +9)
A moderately shallow magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported late at night near Hachinohe, Hachinohe Shi, Aomori, Japan.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Friday, March 18th, 2022, at 11:25 pm local time at a moderately shallow depth of 53 km. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2. A third agency, France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Miyako (pop. 51,700) located 61 km from the epicenter, Hachinohe (pop. 239,000) 70 km away, Ichinohe (pop. 15,800) 77 km away, Yamada (pop. 20,100) 80 km away, Misawa (pop. 42,800) 90 km away, Ōtsuchi (pop. 16,500) 92 km away, and Morioka (pop. 295,200) 102 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 18, 2022 14:25:19 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 18, 2022 at 11:25 pm (GMT +9)
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude40.1528°N / 141.9451°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode40.153°S / 38.055°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt3 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoOsore-yama (71 km / 44 mi)
Nearby towns and cities54 km (34 mi) SE of Hachinohe (pop: 239,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
56 km (35 mi) E of Ichinohe (pop: 15,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
56 km (35 mi) N of Miyako (pop: 51,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) SE of Misawa (pop: 42,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
76 km (47 mi) N of Yamada (Shimohei-gun) (pop: 20,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
84 km (52 mi) NE of Morioka (pop: 295,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
98 km (61 mi) N of Kamaishi (pop: 43,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
98 km (61 mi) E of Hanawa (Kazuno) (pop: 36,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
163 km (101 mi) ENE of Akita (pop: 320,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
534 km (332 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
211 km (131 mi) NNE of Tashiro Jima Island (pop: 100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
374 km (232 mi) SSW of Hokkaido Island (pop: 5,500,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 2.1°C (36 F), humidity: 100%, wind: 8 m/s (15 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
5.335 kmNear East Coast of Honshu, JapanUSGS
5.010 kmJapan: Near SendaiRENASS
5.335 kmNear East Coast of Honshu, JapanRaspberryShake
5.218 km54 Km SE of Hachinohe, JapanGFZ
5.355 kmNear East Coast of Honshu, JapanGeoAu

User reports for this quake (4)

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Misawa, Aomori (77 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Bed shook a lot | 2 users found this interesting.  
Misawa (74.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Short rattling | 2 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Yokosuka / not felt (reported through our app)
Chuo-ku / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Apr 11, 2022 08:56
11 weeks ago

43 km
North Pacific Ocean, 54 km NE of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore
Apr 3, 2022 03:22
13 weeks ago

44 km
North Pacific Ocean, 41 km E of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore
Mar 29, 2022 15:18
13 weeks ago

34 km
75 km NE of Morioka, Iwate, JapanMore
Mar 18, 2022 14:42
15 weeks ago

18 km
North Pacific Ocean, 39 km N of Miyako, Iwate, JapanMore

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