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Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 422 km west of Jayapura, Nederlands Nieuw-Guinea, Indonesia, on Wednesday, 13 Jan 2021 3:17 am (GMT +9)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 422 km west of Hollandia, Papua, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 at 3:17 am (GMT +9)

Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 422 km west of Hollandia, Papua, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 at 3:17 am (GMT +9) Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - 422 km west of Hollandia, Papua, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Jan 13, 2021 at 3:17 am (GMT +9)

Strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 56 km depth

12 Jan 18:28 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
12 Jan 18:30: Now using data updates from BMKG
12 Jan 18:35: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.6. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 58.0 to 55.0 km (from 36 to 34 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.5 km (1.5 mi) towards SSW.
12 Jan 18:45: Magnitude recalculated from 5.6 to 6.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 55.0 to 56.0 km (from 34 to 35 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards W.

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 12, 2021 18:17:40 UTC
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Jan 13, 2021 at 3:17 am (GMT +9)
Depth56.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude2.94°S / 136.94°E (Papua, Indonesia)
Antipode2.94°N / 43.06°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceBMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Nearby towns and cities167 km (103 mi) ENE of Nabire (Papua) (pop: 43,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
394 km (245 mi) SE of Manokwari (West Papua) (pop: 53,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
422 km (262 mi) W of Hollandia (Papua) (pop: 134,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 21.6°C (71 F), humidity: 100%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from W
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.
6.056 kmIrian Jaya Region, IndonesiaBMKG
5.947 kmIrian Jaya, IndonesiaGFZ
6.120 kmIrian Jaya, Indonesia [Land: Indonesia]INGV
5.949 kmPapua, IndonesiaGeoAu
5.928 km152 Km E of Nabire, IndonesiaUSGS


Seismic station: Tucson, Arizona (TUC/IU network) | Distance from quake: 12268 km / 7623 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tucson, Arizona: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-2.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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Ubud / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Frot it string un ubud | 3 users found this interesting.  
Michigan / not felt / single vertical bump


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jun 10, 2021 06:06
1 year 41 weeks ago

10 km
148 km NE of Nabire, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Apr 13, 2021 12:54
1 year 50 weeks ago

37 km
150 km E of Nabire, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Mar 24, 2021 06:14
2 years ago

23 km
132 km NE of Nabire, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Mar 11, 2021 13:57
2 years ago

10 km
224 km E of Nabire, Papua, IndonesiaMore

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