Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Northern Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Sunday, 24 March 2019 - information

Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 140 km east of Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 04:37 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 140 km east of Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 04:37 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Mar 04:43 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
Mar 24 04:45: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.1.
Date & time: Mar 24, 2019 04:37:31 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.79°N / 126.4°E (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 1.79°S / 53.6°W
Nearest volcano: Ruang (121 km / 75 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
140 km (87 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
156 km (97 mi) NW of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
162 km (101 mi) ENE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
174 km (108 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
174 km (108 mi) NW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
176 km (109 mi) ENE of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
179 km (111 mi) W of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
185 km (115 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
396 km (246 mi) ENE of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) --> See nearby quakes!
504 km (313 mi) NE of Luwuk (pop: 47,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.110 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)GFZ
6.146 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)BMKG
6.160 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)EMSC
6.065 kmIndonesia [Sea]INGV
6.277 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)GeoAu
6.137 km141km ENE of Bitung, IndonesiaUSGS
6.130 km印尼马鲁古海 (Indonesia)CEIC
6.110 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)IMD

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bob the builders house / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : it killed bobby  
Balbrigan / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : scary  
Bagalangit, Calabarzon (1460.4 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Bitung, North Sulawesi (133 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Manado, North Sulawesi (177.5 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Manado / Light shaking (MMI IV) : At Batu Kota, Manado, just felt some light shaking for about 5 to 8 seconds. Not so unusual for this region.  
Manado, North Sulawesi (178.6 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Madidir, kota Bitung, Sulut / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Pretty long lasting shakes, library was creaking, but nothing fell off.  
Mapanget, Near SamRat Airport Manado / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was Preparing food in kitchen and the windows began to rattle then before I could think about why the windows were rattling the whole house shook in one solid wave. To me it was like a shifting back and forth once. I called the 3 kids outside. When aske  
near Bitung, North Sulawesi (149.7 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Praya, ID.17.Lombok (undefined), West Nusa Tenggara (1618.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Lagi tiduran di lantai,, terasa bergetar,, (reported through our app)  
Hawaii / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : A really quick shake  
Ranotana / Weak shaking (MMI III)
malalayang, manado, north celebes (182 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
malalayang, manado, north celebes (182 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
near Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe), North Sulawesi (146.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sitting at picnic table. Table visibly oscillating and felt tremor for 10-20 seconds. Water in 1.5l drink bottle visible disturbed by 6-7mm. (reported through our app)  
Manado, North Sulawesi (172.9 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Depok (178.2 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Manado, North Sulawesi (176.5 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
malalayang, manado, north celebes (182 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Besaha, North Sulawesi (152.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Manado, North Sulawesi (178 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) (reported through our app)
Sario (Indonesia, 178 km W of epicenter) : I thought that somebody was rocking the chair until someone screamed 'EARTH QUAKE!' (reported through EMSC)  
(Indonesia, 155 km SE of epicenter) : Saya melihat ada benda yg bergerak ketika gempa untuk memastikan klo ada gempa (reported through EMSC)  
(Indonesia, 157 km W of epicenter) : Sitting at picnic table could see table l move and feel tremors over and 10-20seconds. (reported through EMSC)  
Mapanget (Indonesia, 165 km W of epicenter) : Terasa di Manado (reported through EMSC)  
Mapanget (Indonesia, 165 km W of epicenter) : Strong 2 min in Manado (reported through EMSC)  
(Indonesia, 138 km W of epicenter) : Shake has been pretty long lasting, but nothing fell (reported through EMSC)  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (77 quakes)

  • 15 Sep 2019 00:27 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    41 km (25.5 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 14 Sep 2019 11:19 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    19 km (11.8 mi) depth
    |
    59 km (37 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 13 Sep 2019 14:18 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    11 km (6.8 mi) depth
    |
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 12 Sep 2019 23:38 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (42 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 06 Sep 2019 21:12 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 03 Sep 2019 14:23 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    17 km (10 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 02 Sep 2019 03:42 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 20 Aug 2019 06:55 UTC
    | M 3.8 |
    31 km (19.3 mi) depth
    |
    57 km (35 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 19 Aug 2019 20:05 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 19 Aug 2019 16:53 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    14 km (9 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 13 Aug 2019 00:36 UTC
    | M 3.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 13 Aug 2019 00:12 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    14 km (8.7 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 11 Aug 2019 16:38 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (24 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 08 Aug 2019 20:26 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 06 Aug 2019 19:38 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    24 km (14.9 mi) depth
    |
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 06 Aug 2019 03:51 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
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