Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan

Shallow M6.0 earthquake hits northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the JMA as M6.0 hit northwest of Ryukyu Islands, Japan at 11:54 UTC (20:54 JST) on May 3, 2020. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). Both USGS and EMSC are reporting it as M5.9 at a depth of 10 km.

The epicenter was located 141 km (87 miles) WSW of Kushikono, Kagoshima and 142 km (88 miles) S of Fukuecho, Nagasaki, Japan.

This earthquake poses no tsunami risk, JMA said.

There are about 2 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

54 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking and 221 000 weak.

Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google


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