Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Northern Molucca Sea on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 17:20 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - Northern Molucca Sea on Wednesday, 20 May 2015 at 17:20 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 56 km depth

20 May 17:25 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
May 20 18:10: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 62.0 to 56.0 km.
Date & time: 20 May 2015 05:20:46 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 56.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.85°N / 126.43°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Ruang (125 km / 78 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
127 km (79 mi) W of Toguis
159 km (99 mi) NW of Ternate (Hidalgo del Parral) (pop: 101,700)
176 km (110 mi) NW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200)
179 km (111 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300)
180 km (112 mi) ENE of Manado (Karimnagar) (pop: 451,900)
190 km (118 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600)
635 km (395 mi) SSE of Budta (Philippines) (pop: 1,273,700)
2353 km (1462 mi) ENE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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M 5.356 kmNorthern Molucca SeaGFZ
M 5.549 km144km ENE of Bitung, IndonesiaUSGS
M 5.753 kmNorthern Molucca SeaGeoAu

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Villa maridadi / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Visiting area...thought it was a tremor as it occurred, then laterwondered if it was a very large plane taking off
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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake Northern Molucca Sea 20 May 17:20 UTC

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