Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 72 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm (GMT +10) -

Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 72 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm (GMT +10) Light mag. 4.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 72 km east of Miyako, Iwate, Japan, on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm (GMT +10)

Light magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 140 km depth

17 May 06:16 UTC: First to report: NIED after 10 minutes.
Update Tue, 17 May 2022, 06:21
Moderate magnitude 4.4 earthquake 72 km east of Miyako, Japan
4.4 quake 17 May 4:06 pm (GMT +10)
4.4 quake 17 May 4:06 pm (GMT +10)
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake near Miyako, Miyako-shi, Iwate, Japan, was reported only 15 minutes ago by Japan's National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience (NIED), considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in this part of the world. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 139.7 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Tuesday, May 17th, 2022, at 4:06 pm 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.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Miyako (pop. 51,700) located 72 km from the epicenter, Yamada (pop. 20,100) 77 km away, Ōtsuchi (pop. 16,500) 85 km away, and Kamaishi (pop. 43,100) 93 km away.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 17, 2022 06:06:19 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, May 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm (GMT +10)
Depth139.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude39.722°N / 142.781°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode39.722°S / 37.219°W
Shaking intensityVery weak shaking
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceNIED (National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Resilience)
Nearest volcanoIwate (153 km / 95 mi)
Nearby towns and cities72 km (45 mi) E of Miyako (pop: 51,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
77 km (48 mi) ENE of Yamada (Shimohei-gun) (pop: 20,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
85 km (53 mi) ENE of Ōtsuchi (Kamihei-gun) (pop: 16,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
93 km (58 mi) ENE of Kamaishi (pop: 43,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
139 km (86 mi) SE of Hachinohe (pop: 239,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
140 km (87 mi) E of Morioka (pop: 295,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
151 km (94 mi) ENE of Kitakami (pop: 93,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
212 km (132 mi) SE of Aomori (pop: 298,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
231 km (144 mi) NE of Sendai (pop: 1,063,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
524 km (326 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
197 km (123 mi) NE of Tashiro Jima Island (pop: 100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 11.6°C (53 F), humidity: 98%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.4140 kmJapan: E OFF IWATE PREFNIED

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