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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 116 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 5:06 pm (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 116 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 5:06 pm (GMT +10) Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 116 km south of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 5:06 pm (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 35 km depth

26 Oct 07:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 11 minutes.
26 Oct 07:23: Now using data updates from USGS
26 Oct 13:24: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 49.2 to 35.1 km (from 31 to 22 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2 km (1.2 mi) towards NW.
Update Wed, 26 Oct 2022, 07:21

Magnitude 5.1 earthquake strikes near Kushiro, Kushiro Shi, Hokkaido, Japan

5.1 quake 26 Oct 5:06 pm (GMT +10)
5.1 quake 26 Oct 5:06 pm (GMT +10)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred in the afternoon on Wednesday, October 26th, 2022, at 5:06 pm local time near Kushiro, Kushiro Shi, Hokkaido, Japan, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), 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 Kushiro (pop. 183,600) located 118 km from the epicenter.
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 details

Date & timeOct 26, 2022 07:06:03 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Oct 26, 2022 at 5:06 pm (GMT +10)
Depth35.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude41.9619°N / 144.7352°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode41.962°S / 35.265°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAkan (169 km / 105 mi)
Nearby towns and cities116 km (72 mi) SSE of Kushiro (pop: 183,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
165 km (102 mi) SE of Obihiro (pop: 173,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
166 km (103 mi) SSW of Nemuro (pop: 31,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
170 km (106 mi) SE of Otofuke (pop: 40,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
192 km (119 mi) S of Shibetsu (pop: 21,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
216 km (134 mi) SSE of Kitami (pop: 113,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
303 km (189 mi) ESE of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
823 km (511 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
220 km (137 mi) SE of Hokkaido Island (pop: 5,500,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 11.2°C (52 F), humidity: 60%, wind: 9 m/s (17 kts) from NE
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 km116 Km SSE of Kushiro, JapanUSGS
5.335 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionRaspberryShake
5.1139 kmJapan: Near SapporoRENASS
5.240 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionGFZ
5.210 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionIRIS
5.225 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionGeoAu


Seismic station: Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia (YSS/IU network) | Distance from quake: 577 km / 359 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Nov 1, 2022 23:45
13 weeks ago

14 km
North Pacific Ocean, 122 km SE of Kushiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Oct 27, 2022 13:25
14 weeks ago

27 km
North Pacific Ocean, 124 km S of Kushiro, Hokkaido, JapanMore
Oct 26, 2022 12:23
14 weeks ago

22 km
North Pacific Ocean, JapanMore

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