Major mag. 7.0 earthquake - Banda Sea on Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Banda Sea, 50 km east of Pulau Romang Island, Maluku, Indonesia, on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 00:17 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - Banda Sea, 50 km east of Pulau Romang Island, Maluku, Indonesia, on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 00:17 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake at 174 km depth

21 Dec 00:21 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
Dec 21 00:22: Magnitude recalculated from 7.0 to 6.7.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 78.0 km.
Dec 21 00:23: Magnitude recalculated from 6.7 to 6.6.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 78.0 to 148.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 148.0 to 158.0 km.
Dec 21 00:24: Magnitude recalculated from 6.6 to 6.5.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 158.0 to 162.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 162.0 to 170.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 170.0 to 171.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 171.0 to 172.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 172.0 to 170.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 170.0 to 172.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 172.0 to 173.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 173.0 to 174.0 km.
Dec 21 08:46: Magnitude recalculated from 6.5 to 6.6.
Dec 21 09:52: Magnitude recalculated from 6.6 to 6.7.
Date & time: Dec 21, 2016 00:17:17 UTC
Magnitude: 6.7
Depth: 174.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.63°S / 127.85°E (Banda Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 7.63°N / 52.15°W
Nearest volcano: Wurlali (137 km / 85 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
136 km (85 mi) NE of Lospalos (Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,200) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) ENE of Baucau (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
197 km (123 mi) NE of Venilale (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
271 km (168 mi) ENE of Delhi (Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000) --> See nearby quakes!
280 km (174 mi) ENE of Aileu (Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
296 km (184 mi) ENE of Likisa (Timor-Leste) (pop: 19,000) --> See nearby quakes!
327 km (203 mi) ENE of Maliana (Timor-Leste) (pop: 22,000) --> See nearby quakes!
365 km (226 mi) ENE of Atambua (Kabupaten Belu) (pop: 35,800) --> See nearby quakes!
422 km (262 mi) ENE of Kefamenanu (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Utara) (pop: 29,500) --> See nearby quakes!
464 km (288 mi) ENE of Soe (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Selatan) (pop: 27,700) --> See nearby quakes!
244 km (151 mi) NE of Timor Island (pop: 3,182,700) --> See nearby quakes!
393 km (244 mi) E of Pura Island (pop: 5,350) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1014 joules (197 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 10.6 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.7174 kmBanda SeaGFZ
6.7177 km KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIAEMSC
6.7152 km- 278km ENE of Dili, East TimorUSGS
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Kaišiadorys / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : Pisdiec vapše  
Darwin NT / Light shaking (MMI IV) : 3 children felt strong shaking mirrors on wall rattled  
near Zuccoli, Palmerston, Northern Territory (654.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Palmerston Australia / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was in bed already awake and felt the bed move back and forth in 2 bursts of about 6 secs each time. At first I thought the cat was on the bed unbeknown to me and scratching himself very vigorously to make bed vibrate  
Kupang-NTT-Indonesia (542.7 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Darwin NT Australia / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Holtze / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Darwin NT / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Palmerston, australia (642.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Dili, Timor Leste / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : around 5 seconds earthquake felt. the first and the last part of it were the strongest  
Darwin / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Berrimah / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Moderate shaking in Berrimah  
DARWIN / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
Dili, Timor-Leste / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : The earth is shaking for around 15-25 seconds and the dogs in the neighborhood were alarmed. I was shaking (vibrate) while sitting on the chair.  
Coconut Grove, Darwin, Northern Territory (627.6 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Roof shook, thought it was strong wind (reported through our app)  
Coconut Grove, Darwin, Northern Territory (623.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Darwin / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Darwin, Northern Territory (629.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
(Australia, 1412 km S of epicenter) : very minimal effect but was unmistakable (reported through EMSC)  
Winnellie (Australia, 630 km SE of epicenter) : Lasted.about 3 mins (reported through EMSC)  
Díli (Timor-Leste, 281 km SW of epicenter) : For few seconds (reported through EMSC)  
Díli (Timor-Leste, 279 km SW of epicenter) : Quite strong, a few seconds shaking (reported through EMSC)  
Díli (Timor-Leste, 279 km SW of epicenter) : Mild but recognisable (reported through EMSC)  
Díli (Timor-Leste, 279 km SW of epicenter) : Good and fast information that I received (reported through EMSC)  
(Australia, 1387 km S of epicenter) : About a 19/20 sec effect (reported through EMSC)  
Katherine (Australia, 869 km SE of epicenter) : Sitting at home in an elevated house and the vibrations were quite sustained. (reported through EMSC)  
Darwin City (Australia, 601 km SE of epicenter) : Was fairly sustained - was viewing a PowerPoint presentation at time and the projection visibly bounced up and down for at least 30sec. (reported through EMSC)  
Casuarina (Australia, 595 km SE of epicenter) : Back and forth motion, weak but noticable, jerky, repeating for about 20 seconds (reported through EMSC)  
Nightcliff (Australia, 594 km SE of epicenter) : My piano and exterior wall made a 'clunk' sound, and the apartment shook for about 10-15 seconds. (reported through EMSC)  
Díli (Timor-Leste, 303 km W of epicenter) : Abanou com força mas durante pouco tempo. (reported through EMSC)  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (15 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jun 14, 2017 17:48
4 years ago
4.4

141 km
Banda Sea, 68 km E of Pulau Romang Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 26, 2017 19:29
5 years ago
4.7

147 km
Banda Sea, 48 km SW of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 16, 2017 10:21
5 years ago
4.5

126 km
Banda Sea, 49 km S of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 15, 2017 11:03
5 years ago
4.3

126 km
Banda Sea, 18 km SE of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 7, 2017 12:37
5 years ago
4.5

164 km
Banda Sea, 38 km SW of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Apr 2, 2017 09:09
5 years ago
4.4

132 km
Banda Sea, 26 km E of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 24, 2017 08:53
5 years ago
4.6

159 km
Banda Sea, 63 km SW of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 20, 2017 15:55
5 years ago
5.0

10 km
Banda Sea, 29 km NW of Meaterialam Island, IndonesiaMore
Mar 17, 2017 15:44
5 years ago
4.5

150 km
Banda Sea, 32 km S of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 1, 2017 05:00
5 years ago
4.5

162 km
Banda Sea, 24 km SE of Pulau Romang Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Feb 23, 2017 21:41
5 years ago
4.4

83 km
Banda Sea, 62 km SE of Pulau Romang Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Feb 4, 2017 08:45
5 years ago
4.5

314 km
Banda Sea, 329 km S of Ambon City, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Jan 9, 2017 02:13
5 years ago
4.6

145 km
Banda Sea, 35 km S of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Jan 8, 2017 09:25
5 years ago
4.8

142 km
Banda Sea, 33 km S of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Dec 21, 2016 01:57
5 years ago
4.4

153 km
Banda Sea, 66 km SW of Pulau Terbang Utara Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore

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