(Major) Earthquakes list March 27, 2012 – Very strong coastal earthquake in Japan (NE Honshu)

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M 6.0      2012/03/27 11:00     Depth 10.0 km      NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
08:00:43 PM at epicenter – Epicenter location see below in list
86 km (53 miles) E (79°) from Morioka, Honshu, Japan
Very strong earthquake approx. 20 km out of the Morioka coast.
JMA Japan reports a Magnitude of 6.4 at a depth of 10 km.
JMA Japan reports a max. intensity of 5- at Miyako-shi Moichi, Yamada-machi Hachimancho, Noda-mura Noda, Takizawa-mura Ukai, Hanamaki-shi Towacho
Earthquake-Report.com considers a 5+ as a minimum value to be damaging.
NO tsunami advisories or warnings are in effect
Update 12:06 UTC : The mainshock was followed 2 minutes later by a moderate M 5.1 aftershock.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Nepal-india Border Region Mar 27 23:40 5.0 40 MAP I Felt It
EMSC India-bangladesh Border Region Mar 27 23:40 5.0 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Nepal-india Border Region Mar 27 23:40 5.1 26 MAP I Felt It
  • Parbatipur, Dinajpur, Bangladesh - I woke up an thought I had been dreaming, but neighbours had felt it too.
  • Biratnagar - Today 28 march 2012 at the time 5:25 A.M. in the morning earthquake will came and there will be no any possible dangerous will came at the time.
  • Jhapa, Damak, Nepal - Initial shaking was strong but for 5 seconds at 5:25 am local time, today on 28 March 2012.
  • Siliguri - I felt very light shaking when was in bed lying down around 5:10am
  • Biratnagar - I felt the heart shocking 5.0 earthquake..though it was for a couple of seconds, but was terrifying.
  • Biratnagar - Moderate shaking indicated
  • EMSC Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia Mar 27 22:34 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Aru Islands Region, Indonesia Mar 27 22:34 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kepulauan Kai, Indonesia Mar 27 22:34 4.8 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Qinghai, China Mar 27 21:54 4.6 60 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Tarapaca, Chile Mar 27 14:46 4.6 108 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 27 13:21 4.7 26 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region Mar 27 13:21 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 27 11:00 6.0 20 MAP I Felt It
  • Osaki, Miyagi-ken, Japan - The quake was long and strong, but did not cause any objects to fall or harm anything inside or outside the building I was in.
  • Sendai - I was eating at subway and people barely looked up during this one. Thanks to great building technology, any earthquake weaker than an 8 in Japan is not much to worry about (unless there is a tsunami) :)
  • Tokyo - In my hotel room of Hyatt hotel at 21 st floor . It seemed to stay on a boat dancing on light waves...
  • Ueno Japan - First experience so it felt significant. Desk and windows were swaying. On 12th floor of hotel. Lasted 20 seconds.
  • USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 27 11:00 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 27 11:00 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 27 10:22 4.9 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 27 10:22 4.9 30 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. Mar 27 09:01 5.0 66 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea Mar 27 09:01 4.9 50 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. Mar 27 09:01 5.1 37 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southeast Of Loyalty Islands Mar 27 07:17 4.8 80 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Loyalty Islands Mar 27 07:17 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southeast Of The Loyalty Islands Mar 27 07:17 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

    Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

    M 5.0      2012/03/26 21:02      Depth 55.7 km      BANDA SEA, INDONESIA
    M 4.9      2012/03/26 18:09      Depth 55.1 km      GUAM REGION


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