Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 142 km northwest of Ternate, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Friday, 15 November 2019 at 12:52 (GMT)

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 7.0 quake Maluku Sea, 131 km east of Bitung, Sulawesi Baroh, Indonesia, 14 November 2019 16:17 GMT, which had occurred 21 hours earlier.
Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 142 km northwest of Ternate, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Friday, 15 November 2019 at 12:52 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

15 Nov 13:00 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Nov 15 13:04: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 5.0.
Date & time: 15 Nov 2019 12:52:20 UTC
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.76°N / 126.56°E (Maluku Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Gamkonora (115 km / 71 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
142 km (88 mi) NW of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
156 km (97 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
159 km (99 mi) NW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
161 km (100 mi) W of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
179 km (111 mi) E of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
190 km (118 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
193 km (120 mi) E of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
201 km (125 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
412 km (256 mi) ENE of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
Show interactive Map
[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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
5.010 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)GFZ
5.146 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)EMSC
5.251 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)GeoAu
5.010 kmNorthern Molucca Sea (Indonesia)BMKG
5.135 km136km E of Bitung, IndonesiaUSGS

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
163.8 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Additional seismic data sources
  • Improved content in English
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.