A strong earthquake, registered by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) as M6.1, hit off the southeast coast of Mie Prefecture, Honshu, Japan at 08:08 UTC on November 14, 2022 (17:08 JST). The agency is reporting a depth of 350 km (217 miles). USGS is reporting M6.1 at a depth of 357 km (222 miles); EMSC M6.1 at a depth of 352 km (218 miles).
The epicenter was located 84.8 km (52.7 miles) SSE of Toba (population 23 303), 91.4 km (56.8 miles) SE of Ise (population 97 314), 96.2 km (59.8 miles) S of Tahara (population 38 177), and 123.8 km (76.9 miles) SSE of Tsu (population 163 461), Mie, Japan.
35 450 000 people are estimated to have felt weak shaking.
There is no tsunami threat from this earthquake.
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, fires and liquefaction that might have contributed to losses.
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