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Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 122 km southeast of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022 at 9:45 am (GMT +10) -

Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 122 km southeast of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022 at 9:45 am (GMT +10) Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 122 km southeast of Kushiro, Hokkaido, Japan, on Wednesday, Nov 2, 2022 at 9:45 am (GMT +10)

Strong magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 14 km depth

1 Nov 23:56 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 11 minutes.
1 Nov 23:58: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.1. Epicenter location corrected by 25 km (15 mi) towards E.
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8 Nov 06:18: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 9.5 to 14.3 km (from 5.9 to 8.9 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 9.3 km (5.8 mi) towards W.
Update Wed, 2 Nov 2022, 00:12

Significant 5.1 quake hits near Kushiro, Kushiro Shi, Hokkaido, Japan

5.1 quake 2 Nov 9:45 am (GMT +10)
5.1 quake 2 Nov 9:45 am (GMT +10)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred only 26 minutes ago 125 km southeast of Kushiro, Japan, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at a very shallow depth of 9.6 km beneath the epicenter near Kushiro, Kushiro Shi, Hokkaido, Japan, in the morning on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2022, at 9:45 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 Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.1, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.1, France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) at magnitude 5.1, and the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 5.1.
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 125 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 & timeNov 1, 2022 23:45:54 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Nov 2, 2022 at 9:45 am (GMT +10)
Depth14.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude41.9614°N / 144.9414°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode41.961°S / 35.059°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAkan (175 km / 109 mi)
Nearby towns and cities122 km (76 mi) SSE of Kushiro (pop: 183,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
160 km (100 mi) SSW of Nemuro (pop: 31,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
178 km (111 mi) SE of Obihiro (pop: 173,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
183 km (114 mi) SE of Otofuke (pop: 40,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
189 km (118 mi) S of Shibetsu (pop: 21,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
222 km (138 mi) SSE of Kitami (pop: 113,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
319 km (198 mi) ESE of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
832 km (517 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
232 km (144 mi) SE of Hokkaido Island (pop: 5,500,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 14.7°C (58 F), humidity: 80%, wind: 9 m/s (18 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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.
5.114 km121 Km SSE of Kushiro, JapanUSGS
5.110 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionGFZ
5.110 kmJapan: Near SapporoRENASS
5.19.5 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionRaspberryShake
5.110 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionIRIS
5.133 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionGeoAu


Seismic station: Yuzhno Sakhalinsk, Russia (YSS/IU network) | Distance from quake: 582 km / 362 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 (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Tamagawagakuen / not felt (reported through our app)


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quake)

So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

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