Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Thursday, 14 January 2021 at 18:28 (GMT) - information

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 34 km south of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 2:28 am (GMT +8)

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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 34 km south of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Friday, Jan 15, 2021 2:28 am (GMT +8)

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 38 km depth

14 Jan 18:36 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 8 minutes.
14 Jan 18:40: Now using data updates from BMKG
14 Jan 18:45: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 38.0 km (from 6.2 to 24 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 8.1 km (5 mi) towards WNW.
14 Jan 18:55: Magnitude recalculated from 6.4 to 6.2.
Update Sat, 16 Jan 2021, 00:36
Quake kills at least 67 people
Unfortunately, the earthquake had a very severe impact. There were at least 67 confirmed fatalities and hundreds of injured people.
According to official sources, 34 people alone lost their lives in the city of Mamuju north of the epicenter, and 8 in Majene, located just 6 km (3.7 miles) southwest of the epicenter. More than 15,000 people have been evacuated from damaged homes.
Update Thu, 14 Jan 2021, 18:42
Significant magnitude 6.4 quake hits 39 km southeast of Mamuju, Indonesia early morning
6.4 quake 15 Jan 2:28 am (GMT +8)
6.4 quake 15 Jan 2:28 am (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 6.4 occurred early morning on Friday 15 January 2021 at 2:28 am local time near Mamuju, Kabupaten Mamuju, West Sulawesi, Indonesia, as reported by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 6.2 earthquake. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 6.1.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.
Moderate shaking probably occurred in Mamuju (pop. 15,000) located 39 km from the epicenter, Polewali (pop. 58,200) 58 km away, and Majene (pop. 37,700) 62 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Jan 14, 2021 18:28:22 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, Jan 15, 2021 2:28 am (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 38.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.97°S / 118.99°E (West Sulawesi, Indonesia)
Antipode: 2.97°N / 61.01°W
Nearby towns and cities:
34 km (21 mi) SSE of Mamuju (pop: 15,000) --> See nearby quakes!
63 km (39 mi) N of Majene (pop: 37,700) --> See nearby quakes!
65 km (40 mi) NW of Polewali (pop: 58,200) --> See nearby quakes!
101 km (63 mi) W of Rantepao (South Sulawesi) (pop: 40,400) --> See nearby quakes!
134 km (83 mi) W of Palopo (South Sulawesi) (pop: 129,300) --> See nearby quakes!
136 km (84 mi) NNW of Parepare (South Sulawesi) (pop: 140,000) --> See nearby quakes!
173 km (107 mi) NW of Sengkang (South Sulawesi) (pop: 59,500) --> See nearby quakes!
247 km (154 mi) NNW of Macassar (South Sulawesi) (pop: 1,321,700) --> See nearby quakes!
249 km (155 mi) SSW of Palu (Central Sulawesi) (pop: 282,400) --> See nearby quakes!
302 km (188 mi) SE of City of Balikpapan (East Kalimantan) (pop: 700,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Heavy Intensity Rain 22°C (72 F), humidity: 92%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from N
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.238 kmSulawesi, IndonesiaBMKG
6.127 kmSulawesi, IndonesiaGFZ
6.210 kmSULAWESI, INDONESIAEMSC
6.320 kmSulawesi, Indonesia [Land: Indonesia]INGV
6.218 km32 Km S of Mamuju, IndonesiaUSGS
6.127 kmSulawesi, IndonesiaGeoAu

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Palu, Central Sulawesi (248 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I felt a really subtle shaking, I thought I was just tired or something right before the report came in.  
Mamasa (41.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s
Stabat, Kabupaten Langkat, North Sumatra (2401.7 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Bedugul, Bali (718.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Mamuju, West Sulawesi (34.3 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) (reported through our app)
Tusan, West Sulawesi (43.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
near Ranau, Sabah (1031.4 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Palu, Central Sulawesi (252.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / horizontal (sideways) swinging (reported through our app)
Makassar, South Sulawesi (248.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Palu, Central Sulawesi (250.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
makassar (248.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Palu / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (52 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jun 17, 2021 09:41
32 weeks ago
3.0

10 km
Makassar Strait, 21 km N of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jun 13, 2021 08:42
33 weeks ago
2.6

10 km
26 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jun 5, 2021 13:35
34 weeks ago
2.7

10 km
Makassar Strait, 30 km NE of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
May 21, 2021 10:04
36 weeks ago
3.3

10 km
58 km N of Polewali, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
May 17, 2021 08:34
37 weeks ago
2.8

10 km
Makassar Strait, 17 km E of Majene, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
May 5, 2021 05:48
38 weeks ago
2.9

10 km
56 km NE of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 30, 2021 09:23
39 weeks ago
2.2

10 km
40 km W of Rantepao, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 28, 2021 09:28
39 weeks ago
3.0

10 km
West Sulawesi, 51 km W of Rantepao, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 23, 2021 15:01
40 weeks ago
2.5

10 km
45 km E of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 23, 2021 03:11
40 weeks ago
3.5

10 km
55 km NE of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 5, 2021 09:34
43 weeks ago
2.5

10 km
West Sulawesi, 60 km W of Rantepao, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 4, 2021 21:48
43 weeks ago
3.1

10 km
62 km N of Polewali, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Apr 2, 2021 23:39
43 weeks ago
3.3

10 km
West Sulawesi, 48 km W of Rantepao, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 28, 2021 17:45
44 weeks ago
2.3

10 km
West Sulawesi, 53 km W of Rantepao, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 28, 2021 17:42
44 weeks ago
2.4

10 km
West Sulawesi, 53 km W of Rantepao, South Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 9, 2021 19:50
46 weeks ago
3.2

10 km
56 km N of Polewali, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Feb 15, 2021 19:42
50 weeks ago
2.7

10 km
South Sulawesi, 36 km NE of Polewali, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Feb 8, 2021 13:58
51 weeks ago
2.5

60 km
19 km NE of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Feb 3, 2021 08:25
51 weeks ago - felt
5.1

17 km
35 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 31, 2021 12:13
52 weeks ago - felt
4.6

10 km
Makassar Strait, 38 km S of Mamuju Island, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 27, 2021 18:43
1 year 0 weeks ago - felt
3.7

10 km
Makassar Strait, 33 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 25, 2021 16:04
1 year 0 weeks ago
2.8

49 km
56 km N of Majene, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 24, 2021 20:52
1 year 1 weeks ago
2.6

10 km
Makassar Strait, 42 km SW of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 24, 2021 16:52
1 year 1 weeks ago
2.4

35 km
Makassar Strait, 36 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 24, 2021 02:38
1 year 1 weeks ago
3.1

11 km
28 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 21, 2021 11:55
1 year 1 weeks ago - felt
4.0

10 km
23 km SE of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 20, 2021 14:43
1 year 1 weeks ago
2.3

10 km
Makassar Strait, 23 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 18, 2021 13:51
1 year 1 weeks ago
3.4

20 km
33 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 18, 2021 09:29
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.5

16 km
29 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 18, 2021 04:11
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.7

13 km
30 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 16, 2021 17:42
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.6

13 km
31 km SE of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 16, 2021 10:45
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.4

11 km
25 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 23:32
1 year 2 weeks ago
4.8

11 km
29 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 12:28
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.5

10 km
Makassar Strait, 24 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 07:40
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.8

28 km
Makassar Strait, 26 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 05:34
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.7

27 km
30 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 05:34
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.6

29 km
17 km SW of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 01:07
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.2

67 km
30 km N of Majene, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 00:25
1 year 2 weeks ago
4.2

10 km
35 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 15, 2021 00:13
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.7

10 km
Makassar Strait, 22 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 22:17
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.2

10 km
26 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 20:46
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.3

10 km
Makassar Strait, 26 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 20:28
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.4

10 km
22 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 19:59
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.2

10 km
31 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 19:31
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.6

27 km
41 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 19:25
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.2

10 km
27 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 19:11
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.5

10 km
28 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 19:02
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.0

10 km
28 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 18:55
1 year 2 weeks ago
2.9

18 km
43 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 18:48
1 year 2 weeks ago
3.9

13 km
30 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 18:41
1 year 2 weeks ago
4.1

10 km
23 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jan 14, 2021 18:39
1 year 2 weeks ago
4.0

10 km
Makassar Strait, 40 km S of Mamuju, West Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
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