Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 27 km depth
May 9 06:27 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.
May 9 06:29: Now using data updates from GFZ
May 9 06:43: Now using data updates from USGS
UpdateMon, 9 May 2022, 06:36
Significant 6.1 quake hits near Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan
6.1 quake 9 May 3:23 pm (GMT +9)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from France’s Réseau National de Surveillance Seismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.8. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 6.5.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Yonakuni (pop. 1,700) located 73 km from the epicenter, Hualien City (pop. 350,500) 91 km away, Yilan (pop. 94,200) 114 km away, and Keelung (pop. 397,500) 148 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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date&time: May 9, 2022 06:23:03 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Monday, May 9, 2022 at 3:23 pm (GMT +9)
Depth: 27.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 24.0222°N / 122.5011°E (Philippine Sea, Japan)
Antipode: 24.022°S / 57.499°W
Nearest volcano: Unnamed 24.00°N/121.83°E (68 km / 42 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
71 km (44 mi) SW of Yonakuni (pop: 1,680) –> See nearby quakes!
91 km (57 mi) E of Hualien City (Taiwan) (pop: 350,500) –> See nearby quakes!
111 km (69 mi) SE of Yilan (Taiwan) (pop: 94,200) –> See nearby quakes!
145 km (90 mi) SSE of Keelung (Taiwan) (pop: 397,500) –> See nearby quakes!
150 km (93 mi) SE of Taipei (Taiwan) (pop: 7,871,900) –> See nearby quakes!
152 km (94 mi) SE of Banciao (Taiwan) (pop: 543,300) –> See nearby quakes!
156 km (97 mi) E of Puli (Taiwan) (pop: 86,400) –> See nearby quakes!
163 km (101 mi) SE of Taoyuan City (Taiwan) (pop: 402,000) –> See nearby quakes!
172 km (107 mi) WSW of Ishigaki (pop: 44,800) –> See nearby quakes!
297 km (184 mi) WSW of Hirara (Miyakojima) (pop: 34,400) –> See nearby quakes!
69 km (43 mi) SW of Kumi Island (pop: 1,680) –> See nearby quakes!
350 km (218 mi) SE of Matsu Island (pop: 4,000) –> See nearby quakes!
361 km (224 mi) ESE of Meichen Island (pop: 38,000) –> See nearby quakes!
light rain 25.2°C (77 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from NE
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8×1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) | 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.
|6.3||27km||70 Km SW of Yonakuni, Japan||USGS|
|6.3||20km||Japan: TAIWAN REGION||EMSC|
|6.1||10km||Japan: Near Taipei||RENASS|
|6.2||30km||Japan: Taiwan Region||GFZ|
|6.2||10km||Japan: Taiwan Region||GeoAu|
|6.3||27km||Japan: Taiwan Region||raspberryshake|
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake) (so far, frequently updated)
|May 9, 2022 07:45
4 hours ago
|Philippine Sea, Japan, 96 km E of Hualien City, Taiwan||More|
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