Written by on . Last updated July 17th, 2024.

Deep in the night of Saturday July 6th, 2024, a significant MAG-5.1 earthquake hit under land 10 kilometer from Nayoro in Japan. Russia is also near its epicenter.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Japan, 10 kilometer (6 mi) west of Nayoro in Hokkaido. The center of this earthquake had an intermediate depth of 232 km.

Date and Time: Jul 6, 2024 03:14 (Tokyo Time)
- Jul 5, 2024 18:14 Universal Time.
Location: 10 km west of Nayoro, Hokkaido, Japan.
Coordinates 44°21'28"N 142°20'8"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 24 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.063 .
Depth: 232 km (144 mi)
An intermediate depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
Tsunami's are usually caused by MAG-6.5+ earthquakes, less than 100km shallow, and with an epicenter under sea. Neither of this seems to be the case.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake struck within proximity of multiple countries. Japan and Russia are both within 300km distance of its epicenter.

Located 10 kilometer (6 mi) west of the epicenter of this earthquake, Nayoro (Hokkaido, Japan) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Sapporo is located 164 km to the south-southwest. Asahikawa is located 65 km to the south. Obihiro is located 175 km to the south-southeast.

A complete list of nearby places is included below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
10 km (6 mi)
E from epicenter
Nayoro

Hokkaido, Japan.
23 km (14 mi)
S from epicenter
Minamishibetsuchō

Hokkaido, Japan.
65 km (40 mi)
S from epicenter
Asahikawa

Hokkaido, Japan.
73 km (45 mi)
SW from epicenter
Rumoi

Hokkaido, Japan.
76 km (47 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Fukagawa

Hokkaido, Japan.
81 km (50 mi)
E from epicenter
Mombetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
95 km (59 mi)
S from epicenter
Ashibetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
96 km (60 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Takikawa

Hokkaido, Japan.
103 km (64 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Sunagawa

Hokkaido, Japan.
112 km (70 mi)
S from epicenter
Shimo-furano

Hokkaido, Japan.
120 km (75 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Makubetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
121 km (75 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Bibai

Hokkaido, Japan.
128 km (80 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Wakkanai

Hokkaido, Japan.
137 km (85 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Iwamizawa

Hokkaido, Japan.
139 km (86 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Kitami

Hokkaido, Japan.
143 km (89 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Tōbetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
147 km (91 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Ishikari

Hokkaido, Japan.
153 km (95 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Motomachi

Hokkaido, Japan.
153 km (95 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Ebetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
159 km (99 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Abashiri

Hokkaido, Japan.
164 km (102 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Sapporo

Hokkaido, Japan.
166 km (103 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Kitahiroshima

Hokkaido, Japan.
167 km (104 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Otofuke

Hokkaido, Japan.
168 km (104 mi)
SW from epicenter
Otaru

Hokkaido, Japan.
175 km (109 mi)
SSE from epicenter
Obihiro

Hokkaido, Japan.
180 km (112 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Chitose

Hokkaido, Japan.
180 km (112 mi)
SW from epicenter
Yoichi

Hokkaido, Japan.
200 km (124 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Tomakomai

Hokkaido, Japan.
216 km (134 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Shiraoi

Hokkaido, Japan.
225 km (140 mi)
SE from epicenter
Kushiro

Hokkaido, Japan.
225 km (140 mi)
S from epicenter
Shizunai-furukawachō

Hokkaido, Japan.
229 km (142 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Nakashibetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
237 km (147 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Shibetsu

Hokkaido, Japan.
241 km (150 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Date

Hokkaido, Japan.
252 km (157 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Muroran

Hokkaido, Japan.
255 km (158 mi)
N from epicenter
Korsakov

Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.
261 km (162 mi)
N from epicenter
Nevel’sk

Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.
284 km (176 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Nemuro

Hokkaido, Japan.
290 km (180 mi)
N from epicenter
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk

Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.
300 km (186 mi)
N from epicenter
Kholmsk

Sakhalin Oblast, Russia.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Risk of aftershocks?

We have not yet detected any foreshocks or aftershocks (MAG-2.5 or higher) within 100km (62 mi) of this earthquake.

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since June 23rd, 2023, when a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit 173 km (107 mi) further north-northeast. An even stronger magnitude 6.7 earthquake struck on January 14th, 2016.

In total, 32 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 4 months.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

It is very unlikely that this eartquake will cause any tsunami's. The reported magnitude is lower than the MAG-6.5 strength required to cause any earthquakes. In addition, this earthquake was not very shallow and appears to have occurred under land. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake Not this earthquake.
This earthquake appears to have struck on land far from any coast.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of 232 km (144 mi). Earthquakes this deep in the earth are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 17/07/24 19:18 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000mxbi
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240705_0000179
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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