2016-04-15 16:25:06 (UTC)
2016-04-15 17:25:06 (UTC+01:00) in your timezone
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1.0 km (0.6 mi) WSW of Kumamoto-shi, Japan
12.0 km (7.5 mi) NNE of Uto, Japan
13.0 km (8.1 mi) SSE of Ueki, Japan
15.0 km (9.3 mi) NNE of Matsubase, Japan
631.0 km (392.1 mi) SSE of Seoul, South Korea
M 7.0 earthquake north of Kumamoto, on the island of Kyushu in southwest Japan, occurred as the result of strike-slip faulting at shallow depth. Focal mechanisms for the earthquake indicate slip occurred on either a left-lateral fault striking to the northwest, or on a right-lateral fault striking northeast. While the earthquake occurred several hundred kilometers northwest of the Ryukyu Trench, where the Philippine Sea plate begins its northwestward subduction beneath Japan and the Eurasia plate, the shallow depth and faulting mechanism of this earthquake indicate it occurred on a crustal fault within the upper Eurasia plate. At the location of this event, the Philippine Sea plate converges with Eurasia towards the northwest at a velocity of 58 mm/yr.
The April 15, 2016, M 7.0 event (UTC 16:25:06) occurred one day after a series of foreshocks in the same region, which included M 6.2 and M 6.0 earthquakes. The April 14 events resulted in at least 9 fatalities and over 800 injuries.