Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 22 km northwest of Pulau Deherete Island, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, Mar 27, 1949 6:34 am (GMT +0)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 22 km northwest of Pulau Deherete Island, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, Mar 27, 1949 6:34 am (GMT +0)

Major magnitude 7.0 earthquake at 60 km depth

Date & time: Mar 27, 1949 06:34:09 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, Mar 27, 1949 6:34 am (GMT +0)
Magnitude: 7
Depth: 60.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.443°N / 127.637°E (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 2.443°S / 52.363°W
Nearest volcano: Tarakan (71 km / 44 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
90 km (56 mi) NNW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
186 km (116 mi) N of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
190 km (118 mi) N of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
314 km (195 mi) ENE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
328 km (204 mi) ENE of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
328 km (204 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
339 km (211 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
463 km (288 mi) SE of Glan (Sarangani, Philippines) (pop: 24,300) --> See nearby quakes!
471 km (293 mi) SE of Malapatan (Sarangani, Philippines) (pop: 19,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1015 joules (554 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 4.8 x 105 tons of TNT or 29.8 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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7.060 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Jul 29, 1950 16:45
72 years ago

30 km
Molucca Sea, 57 km W of Pulau Laba Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore

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