Moderate magnitude 4.8 quake hits 34 km northwest of Sorong, Indonesia early evening
Sat, 20 Feb 2021, 10:2410:24 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred early evening on Saturday 20 February 2021 at 7:04 pm local time near Sorong, West Papua, Indonesia, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
4.8 quake 20 Feb 7:04 pm (GMT +9)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Sorong (pop. 125,500) located 34 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: 20 Feb 2021 7:04 pm (GMT +9) local time (20 Feb 2021 10:04 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 0.66°S / 131.06°E (Halmahera Sea, Indonesia)
Primary data source: BMKG
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