Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Banda Sea on Friday, 2 March 2018 - information

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Banda Sea on Friday, 2 March 2018 at 02:20 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - Banda Sea on Friday, 2 March 2018 at 02:20 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 159 km depth

Date & time: 2 Mar 2018 02:20:12 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 159.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.28°S / 130.34°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Serua (38 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
277 km (172 mi) WSW of Tual (pop: 39,500)
363 km (226 mi) SSE of Amahai (pop: 47,700)
374 km (232 mi) SE of Ambon City (pop: 355,600)
584 km (363 mi) ENE of Dili (Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000)
609 km (379 mi) S of Sorong (pop: 125,500)
658 km (409 mi) WSW of Nabire (pop: 43,900)
731 km (454 mi) SW of Manokwari (pop: 53,200)
2598 km (1614 mi) E of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 5.9159 kmBanda SeaGFZ

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User reports for this quake (13)

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Kolkata, West Bengal, India / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was lying on my bed. And, suddenly it was shaking noticeably for 10-15 seconds approximately. First, I was unable to understand what is happening. But, later realized it was earthquake as I have similar past experience. I searched for news over the internet but was unable to find any. Few resource delivered the news, but I found nothing about Kolkata till now.
Darwin, Australia / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Shook for several minutes
Darwin, NT, Australia / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I felt the chair I was sitting on move slightly, kind of like when someone walks past and bumps it.
Darwin / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Bed and windows shaking slightly
Darwin (713 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Thought one of my kids was bouncing around our elevated house.
Darwin (696.9 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Darwin CBD, Northern Territory, Australia / Light shaking (MMI IV)
680 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Doors and windows rattled. Able to feel shaking while seated in an office chair with wheels.
696.3 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Darwin / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Darwin / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
689.6 km S of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Casuarina (Australia, 680 km S of epicenter) : Either a "swaying" or a "rolling" - not sure how to describe it. Primarily up and down motion, about 2 cycles, over 2 seconds or so. (reported through EMSC)
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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Banda Sea on Friday, 2 March 2018 at 02:20 (GMT)
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