Moderate earthquake close to Tokyo, Japan

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UPDATE 14:12 UTC
A few FeelWitness reports from the epicenter area
* Wasn’t that small for a friend that works in Sano, stuff danced for their shelfs and most likely at his home too. They were close to where it originated. Still getting shakes minutes after the first tremor.
* We live in an older apartment in Kuki in Saitama, I thought my fridge was gonna fall over, some cups fell off the shelf. Me and the kids stood in the genkan with the door opened a spot, just in case it got bigger all of a sudden, freaked me out ! The kids just went back to playing!
* Over here, in western Tokyo, it was not too bad rather lengthy though.
* In Sonic City, Saitama, the Japan Philharmonic was about 12 minutes into the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s first Piano Concerto. There was a long, deep rumbling sound which I knew was not coming from any timpani – and the floor moved up and down very visibly for a few seconds, people gasping, thinking no doubt “not again!” – But the Orchestra and pianist Michie Koyama just kept on playing and never missed a beat! Well done, great concert!
Source : comments in Japantoday

UPDATE 11:16 UTC
The Japan Meteorological Center gets numerous felt reports from Tokyo and neighboring town people.
Japanese are using another Felt scale (JMA Seismic Intensity)
JMC gives for this earthquake a value of M 4.7 (a lot less) and a depth of 50 km.
The reports out of Tokyo City give a maximum JMA of II  = felt by most people in a building
The maximum received values in some close by prefectures (Tochigi and  Saitama) are IV JMA = Many people are frightened.

Earthquake Report comment :
A moderate earthquake just struck Tokyo, Japan.
We presently give it a ORANGE / GREEN color as the Magnitude is moderate and the depth at 60 km also moderate. Normally this gives no damage or injuries, but as the area is so heavily populated we tend to give it also an ORANGE color.
One of our QuakeSOS app users did send a quick I AM SAFE message, which he only does when the earthquake is really well felt.
Japanese houses are almost all earthquake proof build.
The area has a lot of earthquakes, but most of them have an epicenter in the coastal waters.
Recent quakes of this Magnitude occurred frequently in the Narita airport area.
All the data (magnitude, depth and location) are still preliminary at this point.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 5.0 (M 5.1 EMSC)
Friday, November 05, 2010 at 07:14:03 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 62 km
Send an “earthquake experience report” for this earthquake
Geo-location(s) :
37 km (23 miles) NNE (21°) from TOKYO, Japan
68 km (42 miles) SW (230°) from Mito, Honshu, Japan

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Japan Meteorological Center Did You Feel It map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

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QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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Earthquakes list October 15, 2010

M 4.7      2010/10/15 21:14     Depth 179.0 km     EASTERN HONSHU, JAPAN
October 16, 2010 at 06:14:49 AM at epicenter
60 km (40 miles) S of Aomori, Honshu, Japan. Too deep to create problems

M 5.1      2010/10/15 17:54     Depth 10.0 km     NORTHERN MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE
3:54:02 PM at epicenter
In the middle of the Atlantic Oceon where the 2 tectonic plates are spreading

M 4.6      2010/10/15 22:31    Depth 7 km     20 km south-west of Christchurch, New Zealand
10:31 PM at epicenter
This is an example of the many aftershocks which are still striking the Christchurch area. On October 14 we had a M 4.1 aftershock and and on October 13 even a M 5.0 at 20 km of Christchurch. None of these events have been reported by USGS or EMSC. We do not understand the system behind reporting or not reporting.

M 5.1      2010/10/15 12:43    Depth 48.9 km     OFF THE WEST COAST OF NORTHERN SUMATRA
7:43 PM at epicenter
Seaquake at a harmless depth between the island of Simeulue and the mainland of Sumatra. 207 km from Banda Aceh

M 4.4      2010/10/15 10:20    Depth 25.5 km     ARKANSAS
5:20:28 AM at epicenter.
Shallow depth at 25.5 km. Harmless earthquake at this magnitude. Epicenter near Bald Knob and 25 km from Conway.

M 5.1      2010/10/15 09:56    Depth 73.7 km      NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
7:56:52 PM at epicenter
Average depth without any potential danger. At least 50 km from the closest islands.

M 4.8      2010/10/15 07:39    Depth 121.1 km     TARAPACA, CHILE
4:39 AM at epicenter
Deep hypocenter (normal for this area) almost under the Salar de Surire National Monument. Close to the border with Bolivia.

M 4.1 2010-10-15   05:21      Depth 30 km    SOUTHERN ITALY
local time 07:21
Moderately shallow and weak earthquake only 8 km from Catanzaro, a town with 94,879 inhabitants. Closest village to the epicenter : Pentone (pop. 2,224)

M 4.8      2010/10/15 02:49    Depth 588.2 km     MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES
10:49:07 AM at epicenter
Aftershock of a much more powerful earthquake which occurred at the same depth a couple of months ago.

seismograph - recordingUseful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity. The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also called GMT)
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Earthquakes list September 28, 2010

M 5.0      2010/09/28 17:33     Depth 6.2 km     TAIWAN
Almost on the beach of Sincheng township.

M 5.1   2010/09/28 12:31   Depth       10.3 km   RYUKYU ISLANDS, JAPAN

M 5.4   2010/09/28 03:15   Depth     22.6 km    SOUTH OF THE MARIANA ISLANDS

M 5.1   2010/09/28 01:48     Depth     63.9 km    COQUIMBO, CHILE

M 4.7   2010/09/28 01:44    Depth    43.6 km     HOKKAIDO, JAPAN

seismograph - recordingUseful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity. The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also called GMT)
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Live Seismograph in Matsushiro, Japan

Seismograph Matsushiro, Japan

Seismograph or Seismogram in Matsushiro, Japan

Below a nearly ‘live’ picture of the earthquake registering station “Matsushiro” in Japan.
The seismographs are renewed approx. every 30 minutes. You will have to refresh
The seismograms are courtesy of USGS. We bring them to our readers to enable them to see the registered
We have used the names of Seismograph and Seismogram, because both names are used in different parts of the world. They mean the same.
Please use the seismographs in conjunction with our earthquake list and reporting. Often the seismograph indicates local events which have nothing to do with earthquakes, are being maintained or do not work. All this happens beyond our knowledge. We bring the seismograph ‘as it is’. Time is UTC time (Universal Time). Clicking on the picture will bring you to the corresponding USGS page.

Earthquakes list September 9, 2010

M 4.3      2010/09/09 21:26   Depth 105.4 km     PERU-ECUADOR BORDER REGION
Light earthquake on a safe depth

M 4.0      2010/09/09 21:22   Depth 33.1 km     CRETE, GREECE

Epicenter in the trench on a safe distance of Crete.

M 4.7      2010/09/09 17:15   Depth 33.5 km     BALLENY ISLANDS REGION
On a stress line in the Ocean between Antarctica and New Zealand. The Australian plate is pulling away from the Antarctic plate/

M 5.2      2010/09/09 10:31   Depth 10 km     REYKJANES RIDGE
In the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean

M 5.4      2010/09/09 07:42    Depth 517.4  km    BANDA SEA
Too deep to create damage or injuries

M 6.1      2010/09/09 07:28    Depth 17.6 km      OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
Read our extensive report (Click on this paragraph)

M 4.5      2010/09/09 05:49   Depth 506.2 km     FIJI REGION
Very deep in the mantle of the earth. Epicenter amids a number of small islands.

M 4.9      2010/09/09 04:18   Depth 22.4 km      NORTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Epicenter in the same area as yesterday. Serious shock, but people in this area are used to this kind of quakes.

M 5.3      2010/09/09 03:41   Depth 28.6 km      STATE OF YAP, FED. STATES OF MICRONESIA
Big distance from the nearest atolls.

M 4.3      2010/09/09 01:12   Depth 577.9 km      CHINA-RUSSIA-NORTH KOREA BORDER REGION
Moderate deep earthquake

M 4.6      2010/09/09 01:03   Depth 14.9 km      IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION

Except some underwater volcanoes (see link), nobody in the area

seismograph - recordingUseful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity. The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time, also called GMT)
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Earthquakes list August 13, 2010

Useful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes  in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity.
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes without or with little damage risk.  In most cases these earthquakes have a Magnitude smaller than M 5.0 OR earthquakes with an hypocenter (depth) of more than 100 km OR earthquakes up to M 5.9 with an epicenter far away from populated areas.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

M 7.2      2010/08/13 21:19  Depth 5 km GUAM – MARIANA ISLANDS REGION
M 4.8      2010/08/13 20:19  Depth 35 km IZU ISLANDS, JAPAN REGION
M 5.2      2010/08/13 18:42   Depth 70 km NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Aftershock + Out in the Solomon sea
M 4.8      2010/08/13 17:03  Depth 19 km
AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 3.2      2010/08/13 15:51   Depth 3 km NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
M 4.8      2010/08/13 12:08   Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 4.6      2010/08/13 11:31   Depth 33 km EAST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS
M 4.8      2010/08/13 10:55  Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 4.3      2010/08/13 09:31   Depth 70 km OFFSHORE GUATEMALA
M 5.4      2010/08/13 07:58   Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 5.1      2010/08/13 06:28   Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 4.7      2010/08/13 06:16   Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 4.4      2010/08/13 05:49   Depth 414 km SEA OF JAPAN
M 5.4      2010/08/13 05:40   Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 4.7      2010/08/13 05:23   Depth 10 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
M 4.8      2010/08/13 04:11    Depth  11 km AZORES ISLANDS REGION
A series of moderate earthquakes far away from inhabited places and right on top of the Fault Line, where the North American Plate  meets the African Plate.
M 5.2      2010/08/13 01:33    Depth  396 km NORTHWEST OF THE KURIL ISLANDS

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Earthquakes list August 7, 2010

Useful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes  in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity.
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes without or with little damage risk.  In most cases these earthquakes have a Magnitude smaller than M 5.0 OR earthquakes with an hypocenter (depth) of more than 100 km OR earthquakes up to M 5.9 with an epicenter far away from populated areas.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

M 4.6      2010/08/07 21:46:19 Depth 8 km     NORTHERN YUKON TERRITORY, CANADA (unpopulated)
M 4.7      2010/08/07 16:10:58 Depth 598 km  MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES (aftershock)
M 5.3      2010/08/07 16:04:08 Depth 237 km NORTHWEST OF THE RYUKYU ISLANDS
M 5.3      2010/08/07 12:52:04 Depth 82 km     VANUATU
M 4.2      2010/08/07 12:30:51 Depth 128 km  POTOSI, BOLIVIA
M 3.3      2010/08/07 11:19:05 Depth 5 km       WYOMING, USA (Aftershock)
M 5.2      2010/08/07 11:17:58 Depth 50 km    GUAM REGION
M 5.0      2010/08/07 07:02:39   Depth 173 km     VANUATU

M 4.7      2010/08/07 05:31:21 Depth 16 km         HOKKAIDO, JAPAN REGION
M 4.5      2010/08/07 01:28:28 Depth 83 km        PAPUA NEW GUINEA, P.N.G.
M 4.4      2010/08/07 01:28:14 Depth 10  km        FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA, USA

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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