A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.2 hit near the east coast of Honshu at 19:47 UTC on June 24, 2020 (04:47 LT, June 25). The agency is reporting a depth of 30 km (18.6 miles). The USGS registered it as M5.9 at a depth of 29.3 km (18.2 miles), EMSC as M5.9 at a depth of 40 km (24.8 miles).
The epicenter was located 41.5 km (25.7 miles) SE of Hasaki (population 39 209), 53 km (32.8 miles) ESE of Asahi (population 41 720), 59.9 km (37.1 miles) ESE of Yokaichiba (population 32 651), and 64.5 km (40 miles) SE of Omigawa (population 25 763), Japan.
There are 3 440 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
22 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 3 632 000 light, according to the USGS.
This earthquake poses no tsunami risk, JMA said.
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The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are resistant to earthquake shaking, though vulnerable structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are heavy wood frame and reinforced/confined masonry construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides and fires that might have contributed to losses.
Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
Selected cities exposed
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