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Very Strong Mag. 6.3 Earthquake – Philippine Sea, Japan, 91 km East of Hualien City, Taiwan, on Monday, May 9, 2022 at 3:23 pm (GMT +9)

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
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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)

6.1 quake 9 May 3:23 pm (GMT +9)

The German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 6.1 quake in Japan near Hualien City, Hualien, Taiwan, only 13 minutes ago. The earthquake hit early afternoon on Monday, May 9th, 2022, at 3:23 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. 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 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.
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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date&time: May 9, 2022 06:23:03 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Monday, May 9, 2022 at 3:23 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 6.3
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!

Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
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.

Mag. Depth Location Source
6.3 27km 70 Km SW of Yonakuni, Japan USGS
6.3 20km Japan: TAIWAN REGION EMSC
6.1 10km Japan: Near Taipei RENASS
6.4 20km Japanese [Sea] INGV
6.2 30km Japan: Taiwan Region GFZ
6.2 10km Japan: Taiwan Region GeoAu
6.3 27km Japan: Taiwan Region raspberryshake


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May 9, 2022 07:45
4 hours ago


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