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Earthquake with magnitude of mb 6.2 on date 18-09-2015 and time 20:01:43 (UTC) in region North Pacific Ocean [Sea]

A magnitude mb 6.2 earthquake occured in region: North Pacific Ocean [Sea], on

  • 18-09-2015 20:01:43 (UTC)
  • 18-09-2015 22:01:43 (UTC +02:00) Italian time
  • 19-09-2015 08:01:43 (UTC +12:00) local time in the region of the earthquake (Pacific/Wake)

and geographic coordinates (lat, lon) 31.66, 159.51 at 1 km depth.

The earthquake was located by: Sala Sismica INGV-Roma.

Search earthquakes: Any within 30 km radius

The values of hypocentral coordinates and magnitude may be revised at a later time as more information becomes available.

Municipalities within 20 km from the epicenter

No Italian municipalities within 20 km distance.

Municipalities with at least 50000 inhabitants

No Italian municipalities within 100 km from the epicenter with at least 50000 inhabitants.

Recent and historical Seismicity

These maps show the seismicity for different time windows. The earthquake locations reported in these maps are determined in quasi real-time by the personnel on duty in the seismic surveillance center of INGV in Rome. Note that the earthquake source parameters (hypocentral location and magnitude) are the best estimates obstained with the available data and they are adjourned as additional data become available. The source parameters obtained by the personnel on duty are then revised by the group in charge of the INGV Seismic Bulletin (Bollettino Sismico Italiano dell’INGV).

Earthquakes of the last three days (72 hours)

Earthquakes of the last three days (72 hours)

This map reports the earthquake epicenters located in the past 72 hours (3 days) from the time this page has been generated. The radius of the circle representing the earthquake on the map scales with magnitude. The color depends on the time of occurrence of the earthquakes with respect to the time of generation of the map (red = 1 hour; orange = 24 hours; yellow = 72 hours). The open star shows the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Earthquakes of the last 90 days

Earthquakes of the last 90 days

This map reports the Magnitudo ≥ 1.0 earthquake epicenters located using the data acquired by the Italian National Seismic Network and by other collaborating networks in Italy and in the neighbouring countries. The radii of the circles representing the epicenters on the map scale with magnitude. The color of each circle depends on the time of occurrence of the earthquakes with respect to the time of generation of the map (red = 1 hour; orange = 24 hours; yellow = 72 hours; blue = all other earthquakes). The open star shows the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Earthquakes since 1985

Earthquakes since 1985

This map reports the Magnitudo ≥ 2.5 earthquake epicenters located using the data acquired by the Italian National Seismic Network and by other collaborating networks in Italy and in the neighbouring countries. The radii of the circles representing the epicenters on the map scale with magnitude. The color of each circle depends on the time of occurrence of the earthquakes with respect to the time of generation of the map (red = 1 hour; orange = 24 hours; yellow = 72 hours; blue = all other earthquakes). The open star shows the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Significant earthquakes since 1000 AD until 2006

Significant earthquakes since 1000 AD until 2006

This map shows the epicenters of the historical earthquakes catalogue CPT11 (Catalogo Parametrico dei Terremoti Italiani, 2011 version) with estimated magnitude ≥ 5.0 since 1000 AD until 2006. The epicenters are represented by squares which sides scale with the estimated earthquake magnitude. For earthquakes with magnitude ≥ 6.0, it is also shown the year of occurrence and the magnitude value. The open star shows the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Seismic hazard

Seismic hazard maps provide probabilistic estimates of the earthquake ground shaking exceeding a given threshold in a given geographic region within a given time window. Thus, it is not a deterministic prediction - a target that may be never reached given the complexity of the earthquake physical phenomenon - nor of the maximum expected earthquake since this has extremely low probabilities to occur.

In 2004, it was published the seismic hazard map of Italy (http://zonesismiche.mi.ingv.it) that provides a picture of the most hazardous geographic regions. The seismic hazard map of Italy (GdL MPS, 2004; rif. Ordinanza PCM del 28 aprile 2006, n. 3519, All. 1b) provides the 10% probability of exceedance in 50 years of the horizontal acceleration at rock sites (i.e., Vs30>800 m/s; cat. A, 3.2.1 of the D.M. 14.09.2005).

The colours indicate the various values of the ground acceleration that have 10% to be exceeded within 50 years. In general, the colours associated to low values of acceleration refer to areas that are less hazardous and stronger earthquakes repeat less frequently although they may still occur.

Seismic hazard map

Seismic hazard map

This map shows the seismic hazard map of Italy for the region where the earthquake occurred.
Shakemap
Felt maps
The earthquake effects in MCS scale as obtained from the compiled questionnaire

The earthquake effects in MCS scale as obtained from the compiled questionnaire

This map shows the distribution of the effects of the earthquake on the territory in terms of the MCS (Mercalli-Cancani-Sieberg) intensity scale. The intensities are determined using the data provided in the questionnaire (http://www.haisentitoilterremoto.it/) that are analysed using robust statistical techniques since they are not verified individually. Specifically, the assignment of MCS intensities greater or equal the VI degree of the MCS scale require opportune in situ verification by professional experts. The purple start shows the epicenter. This map is prepared every so often that the population fill in new questionnaires. The number of questionnaires used to determine the map and the date and time of the last adjournment are shown in the upper right part of the panel.
Locations history
Type Magnitude Date and Time (UTC) Latitude Longitude Depth (km) Published time (UTC) Author Location ID
Rev 100 mb 6.2
Mwp 5.5
2015-09-18
20:01:43
31.66 159.51 1 2015-09-18
20:58:39
Sala Sismica INGV-Roma 21454231
Preferred location and magnitude until now.
Origin information

Origin

Field Value
Time (UTC) 2015-09-18 20:01:43
Latitude 31.66
Longitude 159.51
Depth (km) 1 (from location)
Evaluation mode of Origin automatic
Evaluation status of Origin reviewed
Version 100 -> SURVEY-INGV-A
Event type earthquake
Origin ID 21454231

Uncertainty

Field Value
Preferred uncertainty description uncertainty ellipse
Semi-major axis of confidence ellipse (meter) 20257
Semi-minor axis of confidence ellipse (meter) 13956
Azimuth of major axis of confidence ellipse. Measured clockwise from South-North direction at epicenter (gradi) 33
Circular confidence region, given by single value of horizontal uncertainty (meter) 16351
Confidence level of the uncertainty (%) 68

Quality

Field Value
Largest azimuthal gap in station distribution as seen from epicenter (degree) 139.723
Number of associated phases, regardless of their use for origin computation 15
Number of defining phases 15
RMS of the travel time residuals of the arrivals used for the origin computation (sec) 6.05104
Epicentral distance of station closest to the epicenter (degree) 16.54207
Epicentral distance of station farthest from the epicenter (degree) 137.53294
Number of stations at which the event was observed 15
Number of stations from which data was used for origin computation 15
Magnitudes information

Mwp:5.5

Field Value
Value 5.5
Uncertainty 0
Num. used stations 1
Type of magnitude Mwp
Reference to an origin 21454231
Agency INGV
Autore Auto added
Time of creation (UTC) 2015-09-18 20:58:40

mb:6.2

Field Value
Value 6.2
Uncertainty 0.4
Num. used stations 9
Type of magnitude mb
Reference to an origin 21454231
Agency INGV
Autore Auto added
Time of creation (UTC) 2015-09-18 20:58:40
Picking and Arrival
SCNL Time Uncertainty Polarity Evaluation_mode Phase Azimuth Distance Takeoff_angle Residual Weight
IU.PMSA.BHZ.00 2015-09-18T20:23:47.42 10.0 positive automatic PP 154 137.5329 -5.93375 0
DK.NOR.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:22:27.25 10.0 negative automatic SKSac 359 66.7133 -4.11537 0
AU.RABL.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:19:08.07 10.0 positive automatic ScS 192 36.5265 2.50115 0
IU.LCO.BHZ.00 2015-09-18T20:17:59.27 10.0 positive automatic Pdiff 100 136.963 -14.2736 0
IM.TX31.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:13:49.85 10.0 positive automatic P 61 80.2697 -4.748 0.176686
US.WVOR.BHZ.00 2015-09-18T20:13:00.43 10.0 negative automatic PcP 55 63.6924 9.01201 0
BK.CMB.BHZ.00 2015-09-18T20:12:18.37 10.0 positive automatic P 60 63.9837 1.33785 0.365046
AU.MANU.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:08:40.30 10.0 positive automatic P 201 35.6195 -0.911834 0.854494
JP.JWT.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:06:27.20 10.0 negative automatic P 287 20.3789 7.14747 0.97561
G.INU.BHZ.00 2015-09-18T20:06:09.01 10.0 negative automatic P 287 19.0566 3.40434 0.97561
JP.JGF.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:06:04.45 10.0 positive automatic P 288 18.816 1.41144 0.909091
JP.JSD.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:05:57.70 10.0 positive automatic P 296 18.5147 -1.94892 0.930233
IU.MAJO.BHZ.00 2015-09-18T20:05:51.87 10.0 positive automatic P 291 18.2577 -4.7554 0.97561
JP.JMM.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:05:39.05 10.0 positive automatic P 297 16.5421 3.88375 0.930233
JP.JYT.BHZ. 2015-09-18T20:05:28.45 10.0 negative automatic P 291 16.6283 -7.79852 0.97561
TDMT - Time Domain Moment Tensor
Focal Mechanism in the area
Focal Mechanisms

Focal Mechanisms

This map reports the focal mechanisms since 1977 in the region. The white and red beach ball symbols are mechanisms determined using the Regional Centroid Moment Tensor (RCMT, http://www.bo.ingv.it/RCMT) and are determined for earthquakes with magnitude larger than 4.5 in the Euro-Mediterranenan area. Occasionally, when there is a good source-receiver geometry of the target earthquake, the RCMT can be obtained also for earthquakes with magnitude larger than 4.0. The blue and white beach ball symbols indicate the mechanisms obtained from application of the Time Domain Moment Tensor (TDMT, http://cnt.rm.ingv.it/tdmt.html). This technique is used for M ≥ 3.5. The size of the beach ball sysmbol scales with the calculated moment magnitude, Mw.
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