A strong M6.4 earthquake occurred off the east coast of Honshu Island, Japan

A strong and shallow earthquake M6.4 occurred off the eastern coast of Honshu at 20:39 UTC on April 19, 2020 (05:39 LT, April 20) at a depth of 50 km.

The epicenter was 33.8 km from the city of Ofunato (population 35,418 people), 43.2 km from the city of Kamaishi (population 43,107 people), 51.8 km from the city of Otsuti (population 16,497 people) and 61.9 km from Yamada city (population 20,144 people), Japan.

Within a radius of 100 km live 1,150,000 people.

This earthquake does not carry a tsunami hazard, the JMA said.

According to the USGS, 180,000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 3,100,000 weak.

In general, the population of this region lives in structures that are resistant to earthquakes, although vulnerable structures exist.

Recent earthquakes in the area have caused secondary hazards, such as landslides and fires, which could result in losses.

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