Important update 08:42 UTC : What we expected has finally become reality : This earthquake report was a HOAX. EMSC, one of the agencies reporting this earthquake, hos no longer a listing. HOAX earthquake reports are occurring now and then. Todays real time reports are machine generated and disturbances as well as malfunctioning are the reason that suddenly a false earthquake report gets published. After a review by a seismologist, the error is detected and the earthquake will be deleted. Normally the agencies are not mentioning these hoaxes. At earthquake Report we almost immediately detect these hoaxes as we monitor our readers numbers as well as the area where they come from.
Update 06:36 UTC : Very strong earthquakes from this Magnitude are normally felt in a very wide area but as we have a lot of readers on Guam, and as nobody reported shaking at Guam, we are convinced that the waves did not reach Guam. This can be explained by the shallow depth (deeper earthquakes generate shaking over a wider area) and by the ocean who also weakens the shaking.
Strange earthquake. Only EMSC and GFZ have reported about this earthquake. USGS did not which is strange for such a powerful earthquake.
The distance to Guam, the nearest islands is +600 km.
The epicenter is close to a number of deep submarine volcanoes who will probably emerge as islands withing a couple of million years.
Distances from the epicenter to populated islands following the EMSC data :
1892 km S Yokohama (pop 3,574,443 ; local time 14:23:02.8 2013-02-16)
1789 km SE Okinawa (pop 125,483 ; local time 14:23:02.8 2013-02-16)
611 km NW Tamuning (pop 11,254 ; local time 15:23:02.8 2013-02-16)
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 6.6
Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown
GMT/UTC Time : 2013-02-16 05:23:05
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
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