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Major magnitude 8.5 earthquake - 42 km southwest of Pulau Uran Island, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, February 1, 1938 at 19:04 GMT

Major magnitude 8.5 earthquake - 42 km southwest of Pulau Uran Island, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, February 1, 1938 at 19:04 GMT Major magnitude 8.5 earthquake - 42 km southwest of Pulau Uran Island, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, February 1, 1938 at 19:04 GMT

Major magnitude 8.5 earthquake at 25 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeFeb 1, 1938 19:04:22 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude8.5
Depth25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.045°S / 131.614°E (Banda Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode5.045°N / 48.386°W
Shaking intensitySevere shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoManuk (156 km / 97 mi)
Nearby towns and cities142 km (88 mi) WNW of Tual (pop: 39,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
211 km (131 mi) SW of Mas (pop: 320) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
354 km (220 mi) ESE of Amahai (pop: 47,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
409 km (254 mi) ESE of Ambon City (pop: 355,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1017 joules (98559 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 8.5 x 107 tons of TNT or 5300.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
8.525 kmBanda Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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User reports for this quake

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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (10 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Dec 4, 1940 13:05
82 years ago
6.3

35 km
36 km N of Pulau Seramlaut Island, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 28, 1940 09:40
83 years ago
6.6

35 km
32 km SW of Pulau Yamna Island, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Apr 1, 1940 11:19
83 years ago
6.6

35 km
143 km SW of Hollandia, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Jul 12, 1939 22:58
84 years ago
6.5

20 km
65 km SW of Abepura, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Jun 9, 1939 19:08
84 years ago
6.3

15 km
147 km SE of Nabire, Papua, IndonesiaMore
May 26, 1939 17:50
84 years ago
6.3

25 km
136 km SW of Hollandia, Papua, IndonesiaMore
Oct 20, 1938 02:19
84 years ago
7.3

90 km
90 km SE of Maumere, East Nusa Tenggara, IndonesiaMore
Oct 11, 1938 00:08
84 years ago
6.2

15 km
208 km NE of Manado, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Oct 10, 1938 20:48
84 years ago
7.3

15 km
217 km NE of Manado, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jun 9, 1938 19:15
85 years ago
6.9

15 km
177 km W of Ambon City, Maluku, IndonesiaMore

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