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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, 2 Dec 6.52 am (GMT +10)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 at 6:52 am (GMT +10)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 at 6:52 am (GMT +10) Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean on Wednesday, Dec 2, 2020 at 6:52 am (GMT +10)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

1 Dec 21:04 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 11 minutes.
1 Dec 21:12: Magnitude recalculated from 5.6 to 5.7. Epicenter location corrected by 21 km (13 mi) towards WNW.
1 Dec 21:15: Magnitude recalculated from 5.7 to 6.0.

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 1, 2020 20:52:58 UTC
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Dec 2, 2020 at 6:52 am (GMT +10)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude62°S / 154.53°E
Antipode62°N / 25.47°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain -0.2°C (32 F), humidity: 98%, wind: 13 m/s (25 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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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 kmBalleny Islands RegionGFZ
6.010 kmBalleny Islands RegionUSGS
5.610 kmBalleny Islands RegionBMKG
6.210 kmBalleny Islands RegionGeoAu


Seismic station: Macquarie Island (MCQ/AU network) | Distance from quake: 873 km / 542 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Macquarie Island: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Dec 6, 2020 12:11
2 years ago

10 km
South Pacific OceanMore

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