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Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 81 km northeast of Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, on Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 at 9:28 am (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 81 km northeast of Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, on Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 at 9:28 am (GMT +9) Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 81 km northeast of Hachinohe, Aomori, Japan, on Thursday, Nov 17, 2022 at 9:28 am (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 62 km depth

17 Nov 00:36 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 8 minutes.
17 Nov 00:39: Now using data updates from GFZ
17 Nov 00:49: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Thu, 17 Nov 2022, 00:45

Significant magnitude 5.1 quake hits 85 km northeast of Hachinohe, Japan in the morning

5.1 quake 17 Nov 9:28 am (GMT +9)
5.1 quake 17 Nov 9:28 am (GMT +9)
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Hachinohe, Hachinohe Shi, Aomori, Japan, was reported only 17 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the morning on Thursday, November 17th, 2022, at 9:28 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 France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.5 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.1, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.5.
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 Yokohama (pop. 4,400) located 67 km from the epicenter, Mutsu (pop. 49,200) 71 km away, Misawa (pop. 42,800) 75 km away, Hachinohe (pop. 239,000) 85 km away, and Aomori (pop. 298,400) 116 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 details

Date & timeNov 17, 2022 00:28:20 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Nov 17, 2022 at 9:28 am (GMT +9)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.1
Depth61.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude40.7873°N / 142.3764°E (North Pacific Ocean, Japan)
Antipode40.787°S / 37.624°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt8 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoOsore-yama (120 km / 75 mi)
Nearby towns and cities81 km (50 mi) ENE of Hachinohe (pop: 239,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
84 km (52 mi) E of Misawa (pop: 42,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (70 mi) ESE of Mutsu (pop: 49,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
138 km (86 mi) E of Aomori (pop: 298,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
160 km (99 mi) NE of Morioka (pop: 295,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
162 km (101 mi) E of Hirosaki (pop: 175,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
267 km (166 mi) SSE of Sapporo (pop: 1,883,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
614 km (381 mi) NNE of Tokyo (pop: 8,336,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
287 km (178 mi) ESE of Okushiri Island (pop: 3,340) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
298 km (185 mi) S of Hokkaido Island (pop: 5,500,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 8.7°C (48 F), humidity: 57%, wind: 11 m/s (22 kts) from NW
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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.162 km80 Km ENE of Hachinohe, JapanUSGS
5.166 kmHOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGIONEMSC
5.162 kmHokkaido, Japan RegionRaspberryShake
5.474 kmJapan: Near SapporoRENASS
4.967 kmNear Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanGFZ
5.110 kmNear East Coast Of Honshu, JapanIRIS
5.367 kmNear East Coast of Honshu, JapanGeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Matsushiro, Japan (MAJO/IU network) | Distance from quake: 595 km / 369 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Matsushiro, Japan: 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 (9)

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Misawa (86.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was sitting in the living room with my feet propped on another couch then I started to feel both couches moving as well as seeing movement within my room. Nothing fell but it lasted roughly 10 seconds with a mild aftershock soon after. | 4 users found this interesting.  
Hachinohe (77.1 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Light shaking on third floor of building. | 3 users found this interesting.  
misawa (86.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : sitting at a desk on the second floor felt side to shit shaking and saw windows shaking. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Misawa, Aomori (86.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : At work, felt and noticed side to side shaking. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Misawa (86.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was sitting in the living room with my feet propped on another couch then I started to feel both couches moving as well as seeing movement within my room. Nothing fell but it lasted roughly 10 seconds with a mild aftershock soon after. | One user found this interesting.  
Zama / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Oiso, Kanagawa, Japan / not felt (reported through our app)
Misawa / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
盛岡 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 7, 2023 13:16
5 weeks ago
3.0

40 km
North Pacific Ocean, 69 km NE of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore
Dec 17, 2022 15:02
8 weeks ago
2.6

6.2 km
North Pacific Ocean, 100 km E of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore
Dec 10, 2022 05:40
9 weeks ago
3.0

66 km
North Pacific Ocean, 91 km E of Hachinohe, Aomori, JapanMore

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