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Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Timor Region on Saturday, 16 January 2016

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake  - Timor Region on Saturday, 16 January 2016
16 Jan 04:40 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
Jan 16 08:10: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.1.
Date & time: Saturday, 16 January 2016 04:35 UTC
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 22.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 10.16°S / 123.63°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Ililabalekan (202 km / 126 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
3 km (2 mi) NE of Kupang (pop: 282,400)
64 km (40 mi) SW of Naisano Dua (pop: 2,300)
79 km (49 mi) SW of Soe (pop: 27,700)
122 km (76 mi) SW of Kefamenanu (pop: 29,500)
181 km (113 mi) SW of Atambua (pop: 35,800)
1899 km (1180 mi) SE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sat, 16 Jan 04:35 UTCM 5.1 / 22 kmTimor RegionGFZ
Sat, 16 Jan 04:35 UTCM 4.9 / 30 kmTIMOR REGION, INDONESIAEMSC
2016-01-16 12:35:58 +08:00 (16 Jan 04:35:58 UTC)M 4.8 / 26.1 km- 10km NE of Kupang, IndonesiaUSGS

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Kupang (Indonesia, 17 km SW of epicenter) : Earthquake epicenter close to Kota Kupang, maybe some people felt this earthquake (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 5.1 quake: Timor Region, 16 Jan 2016 04:35

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 03 Feb 2016 20:27 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 17 Jan 2016 12:14 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Timor Region on Saturday, 16 January 2016

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