Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Banda Sea on Friday, 4 January 2019 at 06:22 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake  - Banda Sea on Friday, 4 January 2019 at 06:22 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 130 km depth

4 Jan 06:28 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 128.0 to 130.0 km.
Date & time: 4 Jan 2019 06:22:45 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.4
Depth: 130.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.61°S / 130.4°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Serua (56 km / 35 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
282 km (175 mi) WSW of Tual (pop: 39,500)
399 km (248 mi) SSE of Amahai (pop: 47,700)
407 km (253 mi) SE of Ambon City (pop: 355,600)
575 km (357 mi) ENE of Dili (Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000)
644 km (400 mi) S of Sorong (pop: 125,500)
667 km (415 mi) ENE of Atambua (Kabupaten Belu) (pop: 35,800)
671 km (417 mi) WSW of Nabire (pop: 43,900)
2604 km (1618 mi) E of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) More info
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
Also if you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable also to earthquake science and earthquake hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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.
M 5.4130 kmBanda SeaGFZ
M 5.6129 kmBanda SeaGeoAu
M 5.6118 km- Banda SeaUSGS
M 5.7118 kmSaumlaki (3 MMI)BMKG

User reports for this quake (11)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Leave a comment if you find a particular report interesting or want to add to it.
Flag as inappropriate.
Mark as helpful or interesting.
Send your own user report!
407.2 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
643.1 km S of epicenter [Map] / not felt : There was a crack sound and my dog began to bark a lot. . Did not exactly feel a vibration as was on ground floor cement floors. . No idea what made the crack sound.. (reported through our app)
Darwin nt / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Darwin (644.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Darwin / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Darwin / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Felt light shaking on 24th floor of apartment.
Darwin (677.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Darwin / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Darwin NT Australia / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Darwin (666.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Darwin (Australia, 652 km S of epicenter) : Felt in Darwin Australia (reported through EMSC)
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Aftershocks of the 5.4 quake Banda Sea 4 January 06:22 UTC

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 26 Jan 2019 17:07 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    111 km (69 mi) depth
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Moderate mag. 5.4 earthquake - Banda Sea on Friday, 4 January 2019 at 06:22 (GMT)
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

More on VolcanoDiscovery

Why is there advertising on this site?

Support us!

Maintaining the website and our free apps is a time- and cost-intensive effort.
If you find the information useful and would like to support our team to develop further features and get the upgraded ad-free version, consider making a donation (PayPal or Online cc payment).
Planned features:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive back to 1900
  • Additional data sources
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.