Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - W. Caroline Islands, Micronesia on Sunday, 18 December 2016

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Micronesia, on Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 09:47 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, Micronesia, on Sunday, 18 December 2016 at 09:47 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

18 Dec 09:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
Dec 18 09:53: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Dec 18 09:57: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 5.8.
Dec 18 10:00: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.9.
Dec 18 10:26: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 6.0.
Date & time: 18 Dec 2016 09:47:04 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.41°N / 137.66°E (North Pacific Ocean, Micronesia)
Nearby towns and cities:
133 km (83 mi) SSW of Colonia (Yap) (pop: 7,370) --> See nearby quakes!
326 km (203 mi) E of Kayangel (Palau) (pop: 188) --> See nearby quakes!
344 km (214 mi) ENE of Ulimang (Palau) (pop: 581) --> See nearby quakes!
352 km (219 mi) ENE of Ngchesar Hamlet (Palau) (pop: 300) --> See nearby quakes!
359 km (223 mi) ENE of Imeong Hamlet (Palau) (pop: 132) --> See nearby quakes!
367 km (228 mi) ENE of Ngchemiangel (Bkurrengel, Palau) (pop: 270) --> See nearby quakes!
370 km (230 mi) ENE of Koror Town (Koror, Palau) (pop: 12,700) --> See nearby quakes!
405 km (252 mi) ENE of Kloulklubed (Klouklubed, Palau) (pop: 702) --> See nearby quakes!
424 km (263 mi) ENE of Saipan (Palau) (pop: 320) --> See nearby quakes!
134 km (83 mi) SSW of Yap Island (pop: 4,920) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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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.
6.010 kmW. Caroline Islands, MicronesiaGFZ
6.113 km- 24km ESE of Ngulu, MicronesiaUSGS
6.220 kmWestern Caroline Islands, Micronesia [Sea: Micronesia]INGV
5.920 km加罗林群岛CEIC

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