Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Southern Sumatra, Indonesia, on Tuesday, 17 November 2020 at 01:44 (GMT) - information

Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 233 km southwest of Padang, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 8:44 am (GMT +7)

Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 233 km southwest of Padang, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 8:44 am (GMT +7)

Strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

17 Nov 01:50 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
17 Nov 01:53: Epicenter location corrected by 7.1 km (4.4 mi) towards NE.
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17 Nov 20:40: Magnitude recalculated from 6.0 to 5.9.
Date & time: Nov 17, 2020 01:44:09 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020 8:44 am (GMT +7)
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.75°S / 99.28°E (Indian Ocean, Indonesia)
Antipode: 2.75°N / 80.72°W
Nearby towns and cities:
233 km (145 mi) SSW of Padang (pop: 840,400) --> See nearby quakes!
247 km (153 mi) WSW of Sungai Penuh (pop: 95,900) --> See nearby quakes!
255 km (158 mi) SSW of Pariaman (pop: 92,200) --> See nearby quakes!
265 km (165 mi) SW of Solok (pop: 48,400) --> See nearby quakes!
296 km (184 mi) SW of Sijunjung (pop: 27,800) --> See nearby quakes!
297 km (185 mi) SSW of Bukittinggi (pop: 98,700) --> See nearby quakes!
320 km (199 mi) SSW of Payakumbuh (pop: 121,600) --> See nearby quakes!
352 km (218 mi) WNW of Benkulu (pop: 309,700) --> See nearby quakes!
436 km (271 mi) SSW of Pekanbaru (pop: 704,000) --> See nearby quakes!
923 km (574 mi) WNW of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100) --> See nearby quakes!
430 km (267 mi) SW of Sumatra Island (pop: 50,365,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 25.4°C (78 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
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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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.
5.910 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaBMKG
5.927 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGFZ
6.010 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGeoAu
5.910 km223 Km SSW of Padang, IndonesiaUSGS

User reports for this quake (10)

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Padang west Sumatra (243.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : the earthquake was felt quite big in the city In West Sumatra, fortunately the earthquake only lasted a short time, | 5 users found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Sri Lanka Colombo Narahenpita / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Noticed multiple lightning strikes around the Housing Complex Buildings and above the Tall Water Tower near the Railway Crossing. There were several drainage gas leak smells soon after. A Cluster of airborne Methane gas was hovering above the intersection | 2 users found this interesting.  
Padang, West Sumatra (236.5 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Solok, West Sumatra (265.3 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Terasa berayun sekitar 5 detik (reported through our app)  
Padang (196.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Padang, West Sumatra (236.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Padang pasir Sebelah / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Tua pejat / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s
Tua pejat / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s
TELO / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s
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