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March 16, 2022

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake struck offshore of Namie, Japan on March 16, 2022 at 11:36 pm local time (March 16 14:36 UTC).

Seismic instruments indicate the earthquake originated at a depth of 39 miles (63 kilometers).

The earthquake struck about 35 miles east-northeast of Namie Japan. Perceived shaking for the quake was severe. The event was widely felt, with over 200 "Did You Feel It?" reports submitted so far.

USGS scientists expect that this event will trigger aftershocks, but these will decrease in frequency over time.

Visit the USGS earthquake event page for more information. For estimates of casualties and damage, visit the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) website.

If you felt this earthquake, report your experience on the “USGS Did You Feel It?” website for this event.

For information about tsunami watches, warnings or advisories, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) tsunami website.

The USGS operates a 24/7 National Earthquake Information Center in Colorado that can be reached for more information at 303-273-8500.

Learn more about the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program.

We will update this story if more information becomes available.

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