M 6.2 in Japan on 05 May 2023 05:42 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1372590
Earthquake Magnitude: 6.2M
Depth: 8.712 Km
Lat/Lon: 37.5402 , 137.3053
Event Date: 05 May 2023 05:42 UTC
05 May 2023 14:42 Local
Exposed Population: 10 thousand (in MMI>=VII)
Inserted at: 05 May 2023 05:59 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity:
1.5 (Japan)


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Tsunami GDACS score
NEIC 0 0 0
us6000k9mb Scaled population (vector) 2.61 Max wave alert 0.09m  
  C1 shakemap -0.59 Max wave realtime 0.09m  
  C2 shakemap 0.53      
  Country Vulnerability 0      
  INFORM_normalised 0.57      
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Japan - Earthquake (ECHO 05 May 2023)Fri, 05 May 2023 10:38

  • An earthquake of 6.2 M (6.3 M as reported by the Japan Meteorological Centre) at a depth of 9 km occurred very close to the coast of Noto Peninsula (central-western Honshu Island, central Japan) on 5 May at 5.42 UTC (14.42 local time). The epicentre was located in the sea, approximately 12 km north-east of Suzu City (Ishikawa Prefecture).
  • USGS PAGER estimates that up to 11,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and 23,000 others to strong shaking.
  • According to media, there are no immediate reports of any casualties or damage. The seismic event led to the suspension of some train lines, including the Hokuriku Shinkansen between Nagano and Kanazawa stations. 
Japan - Earthquake, update (ECHO 08 May 2023)Mon, 08 May 2023 09:27

  • After the earthquake of 6.2 M (depth 9 km) occurred close to the coast of Noto Peninsula (Ishikawa Prefecture, central Honshu Island, Japan) on 5 May at 5.42 UTC (14.42 local time), casualties and damage were reported.
  • The main event was followed by two significant aftershocks in the area of 4.6 M (depth 10 km) at 8.38 UTC and 5.6 M (depth 8 km) at 12.58 UTC.
  • Following the main earthquake of 6.2 M, the Fire and Disaster Management Agency (FDMA) and media report, as of 8 May, one fatality, 33 injured people and some damaged buildings across the Ishikawa Prefecture, where the Suzu City and Noto Town were the worst affected places.
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
The graph shows the current fatalities estimate.

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (77), (5), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), WMO (2), USGS (5), INFORM (4), NOAA (1),