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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Northern Molucca Sea on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Northern Molucca Sea on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake  - Northern Molucca Sea on Tuesday, 17 March 2015
17 Mar 22:16 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 71.0 to 38.0 km.
Date & time: Tuesday, 17 March 2015 22:12 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 38.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.75°N / 126.46°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Todoko-Ranu (118 km / 73 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
145 km (90 mi) NE of Bitung (pop: 137,400)
148 km (92 mi) NW of Ternate (pop: 101,700)
166 km (103 mi) NW of Sofifi (pop: 36,200)
168 km (104 mi) E of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (pop: 8,000)
182 km (113 mi) E of Manado (pop: 451,900)
2351 km (1461 mi) NE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Tue, 17 Mar 22:12 UTCM 6.2 / 38 kmNorthern Molucca SeaGFZ
Tue, 17 Mar 22:12 UTCM 6.2 / 50 kmMOLUCCA SEAEMSC
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 06:12:28 (17 Mar 22:12:28 UTC)M 6.2 / 45.8 km137km NW of Kota Ternate, IndonesiaUSGS
Tue, 17 Mar 22:12 UTCM 6.6 / 63 kmNorthern Molucca SeaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (3)

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cow / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : pigs
cow / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : pigs
Manado (Indonesia, 181 km W of epicenter) : I felt the earthquake in the morning. (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 6.2 quake: Northern Molucca Sea, 17 Mar 2015 22:12

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (20 quakes):
  • 03 Sep 2015 13:24 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    65 km (40.4 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 11 Aug 2015 16:46 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    61 km (37.9 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 10 Aug 2015 01:29 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    60 km (37.3 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 24 Jun 2015 21:53 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    49 km (30.4 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 26 May 2015 07:39 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    42 km (26.1 mi) depth
    |
    46 km (28 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 20 May 2015 17:20 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    56 km (34.8 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 13 May 2015 00:02 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    54 km (33.6 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 11 May 2015 04:01 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    54 km (33.6 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 04 May 2015 06:55 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    62 km (38.5 mi) depth
    |
    3 km (2 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 22 Apr 2015 00:22 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    46 km (28.6 mi) depth
    |
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Apr 2015 15:05 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    52 km (32.3 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 11 Apr 2015 05:21 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    64 km (39.8 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (33 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 11 Apr 2015 05:00 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    60 km (37.3 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (32 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 08 Apr 2015 22:42 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    56.7 km (35.2 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Mar 2015 07:50 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    43 km (26.7 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 27 Mar 2015 13:56 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    53.9 km (33.5 mi) depth
    |
    36 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Mar 2015 19:13 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    50 km (31.1 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 24 Mar 2015 14:50 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    23 km (14.3 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (27 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 22 Mar 2015 01:23 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    42 km (26.1 mi) depth
    |
    16 km (10 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 19 Mar 2015 10:06 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    39 km (24.2 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Northern Molucca Sea on Tuesday, 17 March 2015

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