(Major) Earthquakes list September 13, 2012 - Moderate earthquake close to Tokyo

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Very shallow moderate earthquake close to Tokyo
JMA Japan is reporting a max. 4 JMA intensity. Earthquake-report.com considers 5+ to be extremely dangerous for damage and injuries. JMA Japan reports a Magnitude at 40 km depth a lot less shallow than EMSC reported in the beginning (10 km).  A 10 km depth may have resulted in a 5- JMA.
It does not happen that frequent that earthquakes are centering below land and so close to Tokyo.
40 km can be considered as normal because of the subduction plates.
Update : USGS i also reporting a shallow depth of 10 km. Earthquake-report.com considers local JMA to be most accurate as the Japanese agency has the most instruments installed in the epicenter area

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON South Of Java, Indonesia Sep 13 23:40 5.2 10 MAP
USGS South Of Java, Indonesia Sep 13 23:40 5.4 9 MAP
EMSC South Of Java, Indonesia Sep 13 23:40 5.4 10 MAP
USGS Solomon Islands Sep 13 22:41 4.9 35 MAP
EMSC Solomon Islands Sep 13 22:41 4.9 35 MAP
EMSC Tonga Sep 13 21:16 4.8 328 MAP
GEOFON Tonga Islands Sep 13 21:16 4.8 327 MAP
USGS Tonga Sep 13 21:16 4.8 328 MAP
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Sep 13 17:22 5.2 38 MAP
  • Tokyo - 32nd floor of Shangri-La hotel in Tokyo. Glasses in cabinet and window blinds rattled - then bed shook moderately. I thin k it was after 2AM.
  • GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Sep 13 17:22 5.3 30 MAP
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Sep 13 17:22 5.2 34 MAP
  • Kashiwa - Furniture shaking
  • OgiKubo, suginami-ku, Tokyo - Also light shaking here in OgiKubo; Tokyo
  • Tokyo - Light shaking reported from Tokyo
  • Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan - Also here i can report some light shaking
  • Tokyo - On the 16th floor of a hotel in Ginza area. First earthquake experience. Felt a vibration strong enough to wake me up.
  • Tokyo - Light shaking for 30 seconds @ 4 am
  • Narita - Woken up by shaking bed, slowly went away in about 1 minute.
  • Shibuya, Tokyo - Was woken up by light swaying (2nd floor) and rattling furniture.
  • Tsukuba - first time to experience a shaking bed..woke me up
  • Shinagawa - Awakened on 36th floor of Shinagawa Prince Hotel.
  • Tokyo - Approx 4am, woken in hostel in Asakusa by shaking be for 30seconds. Smaller tremor followed.
  • Tokyo - On the 9th floor of hotel in Hibiya area of Tokyo, was awakened by shaking and creaking of walls around 2:30 am
  • Atsugi - Woken up 2.30am my bed was moving and all lights got turned on in hotel room! First I thought it was a ghost...lol
  • Kawasaki - Dans hotel moderne à Kawasaki, le lit a bougé de droite à gauche continuellement pendant 30 secondes environ et s est mis à grincer, les lampes et les meubles ont bougé aussi, ainsi qu un bruit légèrement sourd (j etais allongé sur le lit, la chambre est insonorisée, mais ce fut audible). J ai senti une replique très faible par la suite. L alerte fut donnée très vite à la TV en moins de 5 min, 3 sur l échelle de Richter à tokyo c était indiqué.
  • 12th floor hotel Tokyo bay - I was awaken by movement and the sound of the hangers in the closet banging into each other. it seems to last about 30 seconds but was probably about 15 seconds.
  • Tokyo - I woke up and feelt a very weak shaking
  • GEOFON South Of Java, Indonesia Sep 13 12:58 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC South Of Java, Indonesia Sep 13 12:58 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Banda Sea Sep 13 12:29 4.7 12 MAP
    GEOFON Banda Sea Sep 13 12:29 4.7 12 MAP
    GEOFON Mariana Islands Region Sep 13 11:19 4.6 304 MAP
    GEOFON Pakistan Sep 13 08:17 4.7 10 MAP
    EMSC Pakistan Sep 13 08:17 4.7 10 MAP
    USGS Pakistan Sep 13 08:17 4.7 24 MAP
    EMSC Philippine Islands Region Sep 13 05:54 5.5 10 MAP
    GEOFON Philippine Islands Region Sep 13 05:54 5.2 10 MAP
    USGS Philippine Islands Region Sep 13 05:54 5.4 10 MAP
    EMSC Fiji Region Sep 13 01:55 5.2 100 MAP
    USGS Fiji Region Sep 13 01:55 5.2 89 MAP
    GEOFON Fiji Islands Region Sep 13 01:54 5.3 79 MAP
    EMSC Gulf Of Paria, Venezuela Sep 13 00:22 4.7 44 MAP
    USGS Gulf Of Paria, Venezuela Sep 13 00:22 4.7 47 MAP
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Venezuela Sep 13 00:22 4.7 41 MAP
    ER Unconfirmed Unlinked Experiences Sep 13 00:00 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Maine, United States - Lying in bed quietly. Bed started to shake ever so slightly. Could just feel it if you didn't move.
  • SE Kansas - felt house shutter and celling fans pull switches started swaying back and forth and herd house creek.
  • Schaefferstown, pa. - 9/12/12 approx. 9:20? PM House shook side to side. We are on the mountain near schaefferstown, pa.

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