Moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.6 just reported 89 km northwest of Ternate, Indonesia
Fri, 5 Mar 2021, 00:3900:39 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An intermediate magnitude 4.6 earthquake was reported in the morning near Ternate, Maluku Utara, Indonesia.
4.6 quake 5 Mar 9:19 am (GMT +9)
According to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, the quake hit on Friday 5 March 2021 at 9:19 am local time at an intermediate depth of 126 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Tobelo (pop. 10,000) located 88 km from the epicenter, Ternate (pop. 101,700) 89 km away, and Sofifi (pop. 36,200) 101 km away.
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Date & time: 5 Mar 2021 9:19 am (GMT +9) local time (5 Mar 2021 00:19 GMT)
Depth: 126.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.58°N / 127.23°E (Maluku Sea, Indonesia)
Primary data source: BMKG
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