Earthquakes in the world on January 31, 2013 (M2.5 or more) – Moderate but very shallow coastal earthquake in Japan

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Moderate but very shallow coastal earthquake in Japan
Felt in Tokyo (see below). JMA Japan reports a M4.7 Magnitude at a depth of 10 km below land.
Maximum intensity JMA 5- at Hitachi-shi Juocho-tomobe*
ER considers 5+ JMA as a potentially dangerous earthquake but considers this earthquake also as “to be followed up”.

Japan Hitachi January 31 2013 earthquake

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 Very strong aftershock along the Alaska coast
Far enough out of the coast (epicenter area is the same location than the M7.5 of some weeks ago) to be harmless. Based on our visitor statistics we expect a lot of people to sleep through it in Juneau etc.
One of the stronger aftershocks so far.
Update 10:19 UTC : USGS has now released his report which is mentioning a Magnitude of 6.0 at a depth of 9.7 km, fairly close to the (mostly unpopulated) coast.
Although the expected shaking is VII MMI near the epicenter, nobody will feel it there. A max. light shaking has been reported by people so far. As we are curious how you have felt the shaking, please let us know by filling in the form below.

Alaska / British Columbia aftershock January 31 2013



 Screen Shot 2013-01-31 at 02.35.55Shallow weak earthquake below Vancouver, Washington State
The earthquake has been felt most strongly in Vancouver, WA. Also by some people in Portland, OR
The epicenter was at approx. 20 miles from Mount St Helens.
Closest village to the epicenter : Amboy, WA (2 mi)
The I Have Felt It map at right shows clearly the area where the earthquake was felt.
This earthquake will certainly NOT be damaging.
18km (11mi) NNE of Battle Ground, Washington
29km (18mi) NE of Salmon Creek, Washington
29km (18mi) NNE of Five Corners, Washington
119km (74mi) NNE of Salem, Oregon

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Strong Earthquake Jan 31 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Weak Earthquake Jan 31 23:58 2.6 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 23:57 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 23:57 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Jan 31 23:40 2.8 41 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Turkey Jan 31 22:56 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Xinjiang, China Jan 31 22:49 4.2 1 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Greece Jan 31 22:38 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece Jan 31 22:29 2.7 3 MAP I Felt It
USGS Puerto Rico Region Jan 31 22:22 3.2 52 MAP I Felt It
EMSC San Juan, Argentina Jan 31 22:02 2.6 145 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Jan 31 21:24 3.3 110 MAP I Felt It
USGS Eastern Texas Jan 31 21:20 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tarapaca, Chile Jan 31 20:33 3.2 118 MAP I Felt It
USGS Andaman Islands, India Region Jan 31 20:31 4.4 27 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Coquimbo, Chile Jan 31 20:26 3.5 19 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Greece Jan 31 20:25 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
USGS Sonora, Mexico Jan 31 20:21 2.9 7 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Motueka Jan 31 19:49 3.1 162 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 31 19:45 4.4 103 MAP I Felt It
USGS Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 31 19:45 4.5 103 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 31 19:45 4.5 138 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Ryukyu Islands, Japan Jan 31 19:45 4.7 165 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Turkey Jan 31 19:11 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Jan 31 18:55 3.5 118 MAP I Felt It
EMSC San Juan, Argentina Jan 31 18:55 3.2 169 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Bio-bio, Chile Jan 31 17:56 3.6 32 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Gisborne Jan 31 17:31 2.9 76 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Luzon, Philippines Jan 31 17:14 4.8 215 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Luzon, Philippines Jan 31 17:14 4.7 217 MAP I Felt It
USGS Mindoro, Philippines Jan 31 17:14 4.8 213 MAP I Felt It
USGS Central East Pacific Rise Jan 31 17:10 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central East Pacific Rise Jan 31 17:09 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central East Pacific Rise Jan 31 17:09 4.9 33 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Strait Of Gibraltar Jan 31 16:48 4.5 40 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Tarapaca, Chile Jan 31 16:32 2.9 96 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Jan 31 16:27 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The South Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 31 16:04 4.9 47 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Jan 31 16:04 4.8 55 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Jan 31 16:04 4.9 60 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 31 15:53 2.4 10 MAP I Felt It
GEONET Wairoa Jan 31 15:32 3.0 25 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Jan 31 14:53 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Jan 31 14:53 4.6 36 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Jan 31 14:53 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Tokyo, Japan - Very gently but steady rocking felt on 9th floor of apartment building; curtains and blinds swayed slightly
  • EMSC Fyr Of Macedonia Jan 31 14:05 2.4 12 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Tuatapere Jan 31 13:44 2.7 75 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Matawai Jan 31 13:21 2.5 68 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Haast Jan 31 12:51 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Methven Jan 31 12:45 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Romania Jan 31 12:43 2.9 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Tarapaca, Chile Jan 31 12:34 3.4 110 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Papua, Indonesia Jan 31 12:10 4.6 84 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Papua, Indonesia Jan 31 12:10 4.6 48 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Irian Jaya, Indonesia Jan 31 12:10 4.7 14 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Libertador O'higgins, Chile Jan 31 12:03 2.5 26 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Opunake Jan 31 11:33 3.0 196 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET White Island Jan 31 11:32 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Turkey Jan 31 11:14 2.9 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC San Juan, Argentina Jan 31 11:12 3.5 159 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 11:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 11:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Central Alaska Jan 31 10:25 2.5 128 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON North Of Ascension Island Jan 31 10:20 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC North Of Ascension Island Jan 31 10:20 4.9 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS North Of Ascension Island Jan 31 10:20 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Of Mariana Islands Jan 31 10:13 4.6 76 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Of Mariana Islands Jan 31 10:13 4.6 80 MAP I Felt It
    WCATWC 100 Miles Nw Of Dixon Entrance Alaska Jan 31 09:54 5.5 12 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southeastern Alaska Jan 31 09:53 6.0 9 MAP I Felt It
  • Petersburg, ak - Quick jolt like something hit the house
  • Terrace, bc - Only reason i noticed it was my decor clanking
  • Sitka, Alaska - Felt it and heard the house make a few cracking sounds.
  • Sitka Alaska - Felt ground shaking/rocking and heard windows rattle, but didn't last as long or shake household items like the one on the 5th did..
  • Edna Bay - Wakened from sound sleep by something (stronger shaking?) and felt shaking for a few seconds.
  • Edna Bay - Wakened from a sound sleep by loud roaring noise like a strong wind hitting the house. Once awake there was only a few seconds of moderate shaking of the house
  • Thorne Bay, Alaska - I was sitting on my couch watching a movie when I heard the kitchen cupboards shaking lightly. I realized it was an earthquake. I then noticed other things in the house shaking and swaying (2 inches either way). It seemed to slow down and then it picked up suddenly shaking harder than it did originally. It then trailed off to nothing. The whole thing lasted about 10 sec.
  • GEOFON Off Coast Of Southeastern Alaska Jan 31 09:53 5.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southeastern Alaska Jan 31 09:53 5.9 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Yukon Territory, Canada Jan 31 09:12 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Matawai Jan 31 08:33 2.7 63 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The South Coast Of New Guinea, Papua New Jan 31 08:27 4.3 33 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern California Jan 31 08:06 2.8 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kerkira Region, Greece Jan 31 08:04 4.2 5 MAP I Felt It
  • Greece - The tremor felt very strong, but i was amazed that although the house was shaking, the ceiling lights did not swing. Nothing fell over and nothing broken. (via emsc)
  • GEOFON Greece-albania Border Region Jan 31 08:04 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kerkira Region, Greece Jan 31 08:04 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Kazakhstan Jan 31 07:40 3.7 1 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Murchison Jan 31 07:36 2.6 99 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Bio-bio, Chile Jan 31 07:19 3.1 14 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 07:13 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Bio-bio, Chile Jan 31 07:06 3.5 41 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 06:50 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 06:50 4.9 35 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 06:50 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Bio-bio, Chile Jan 31 06:43 3.5 23 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 06:42 5.1 35 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 06:42 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 06:42 5.1 53 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey Jan 31 06:07 2.8 1 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Eketahuna Jan 31 05:36 3.0 38 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Atacama, Chile Jan 31 05:30 4.0 52 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 05:18 5.4 45 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 05:18 5.4 38 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 05:18 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 05:16 5.0 25 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 05:16 4.9 14 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Jan 31 05:10 5.0 33 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Atacama, Chile Jan 31 05:10 4.6 46 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Atacama, Chile Jan 31 05:10 4.7 46 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Black Sea, Offshore Georgia Jan 31 04:51 3.6 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Poland Jan 31 04:50 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Whitianga Jan 31 04:36 3.3 429 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Austria Jan 31 04:36 2.7 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kenai Peninsula, Alaska Jan 31 04:35 2.6 60 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 04:31 5.6 32 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 04:31 5.6 30 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 04:31 5.3 23 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Atacama, Chile Jan 31 04:15 4.5 26 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Atacama, Chile Jan 31 04:15 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 31 04:10 4.9 50 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 31 04:10 5.0 66 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 31 04:10 5.0 51 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mount St. Helens Area, Washington Jan 31 04:01 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 03:58 5.6 35 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 03:58 5.6 8 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 03:57 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 03:33 6.2 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 03:33 6.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Santa Cruz Islands Jan 31 03:33 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey Jan 31 03:28 3.0 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Region Metropolitana, Chile Jan 31 02:56 2.5 87 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON La Rioja Province, Argentina Jan 31 02:45 4.6 128 MAP I Felt It
    USGS La Rioja, Argentina Jan 31 02:45 4.8 117 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC La Rioja, Argentina Jan 31 02:45 4.8 130 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kerkira Region, Greece Jan 31 02:42 2.8 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Xinjiang, China Jan 31 02:29 4.4 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northwest Of Kuril Islands Jan 31 02:26 4.0 380 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Northwest Of The Kuril Islands Jan 31 02:26 4.3 355 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Waverley Jan 31 02:17 3.3 84 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Romania Jan 31 02:14 3.1 137 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Romania Jan 31 01:59 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Jan 31 01:53 3.1 128 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Alaska Jan 31 01:48 2.7 119 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey Jan 31 01:45 4.0 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Turkey-iran Border Region Jan 31 01:38 2.4 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey Jan 31 01:19 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Virgin Islands Region Jan 31 01:12 2.9 38 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Hawera Jan 31 01:09 3.3 239 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Washington Jan 31 01:03 3.7 7 MAP I Felt It
  • Vancouver, wa - Felt like the whole neighborhood was shaken by the shoulders
  • Vancouver, WA - Desk at which I was sitting began noticeably shaking...2nd storey floor was shaking as though people were running. Went outside to see if there were any visual indications...none.
  • Hockinson, WA - Sitting at kitchen table eating dinner and my chair felt jolted, the house shifted as if a MAC truck hit it, and heard the house creak and pantry rattle.
  • Washougal, Washington - It was pretty short. Not weak; short and sharp/rigid. It was not quite long enough for me to finish thinking What is this? It's an earthquake; is it gonna get worse, keep go... oh; it stopped.
  • Vancouver, WA - I just felt my whole room shaking. I was sitting on my bed and it started to shake.
  • Salmon Creek - Light shuttering lasted a few seconds
  • Vancouver, Washington - My 7 year old daughter and I looked at each bewildered as we tried to figure out what was happening-was it a diesel driving by? Did our basement just collapse? Before we could react-it was over, we were online instantly trying to confirm our suspicions.
  • Vancouver WA - I felt my whole house shake like something had hit it. The chair that I was sitting in rattled and moved for a second.
  • EMSC Libertador O'higgins, Chile Jan 31 00:19 2.8 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey Jan 31 00:18 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey Jan 31 00:13 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Atacama, Chile Jan 31 00:04 4.5 40 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET (New Zealand only)


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    1. Mae says:

      My 8 year old daughter and I looked at each bewildered. Did a diesel just drive by? Did our basement just collapse? Before we could react or even figure out what was happening-it was over.

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