M 5.8 Earthquake, 6km WNW of Sumoto, Japan

April 12, 2013 at 8:33:17 PM +0000
U.S. Geological Survey
Alert area: 23 miles (36 km) WNW of Wakayama, Honshu, Japan; 27 miles (43 km) NE of Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan; 43 miles (70 km) WSW of Osaka, Honshu, Japan; 293 miles (471 km) WSW of TOKYO, Japan

Posted April 13, 2013 at 5:34:47 PM +0000

An earthquake with magnitude 5.8 occurred near Wakayama, Honshu, Japan at 20:33:17.59 UTC on Apr 12, 2013. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

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