Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia, on Sunday, 24 September 1972 at 20:09 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake  - Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia, on Sunday, 24 September 1972 at 20:09 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.8 earthquake at 35 km depth

Date & time: 24 Sep 1972 08:09:38 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.8
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.305°S / 131.116°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Serua (123 km / 76 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
196 km (122 mi) SW of Tual (Maluku) (pop: 39,500)
410 km (255 mi) SE of Amahai (Central Maluku Regency) (pop: 47,700)
436 km (271 mi) SE of Ambon (Maluku) (pop: 355,600)
586 km (364 mi) SW of Nabire (Papua) (pop: 43,900)
604 km (375 mi) S of Sorong (Papua Barat) (pop: 125,500)
661 km (411 mi) NE of Dili (Díli, Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000)
685 km (426 mi) N of Darwin (Northern Territory, Australia) (pop: 129,100)
2683 km (1667 mi) E of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1015 joules (278 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2.4 x 105 tons of TNT or 14.9 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.835 kmKepulauan Tanimbar, IndonesiaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.8 quake Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia, 24 September 20:09 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 14 Feb 1973 09:21 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Jan 1973 10:55 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    91 km (56.5 mi) depth
    |
    150 km (93 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 02 Nov 1972 09:51 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    25 km (15.5 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Sep 1972 22:39 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.8 earthquake - Kepulauan Tanimbar, Indonesia, on Sunday, 24 September 1972 at 20:09 (GMT)
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