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Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 28 km northeast of Pulau Pittojat Island, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on Friday, December 8, 1972 at 18:13 GMT

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - 28 km northeast of Pulau Pittojat Island, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on Friday, December 8, 1972 at 18:13 GMT

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 29 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Dec 8, 1972 18:13:06 UTC
Magnitude: 6.1
Depth: 28.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.905°S / 99.637°E (Indian Ocean, Indonesia)
Antipode: 1.905°N / 80.363°W
Nearest volcano: Talang (155 km / 96 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
133 km (83 mi) SW of Padang (pop: 840,400) --> See nearby quakes!
153 km (95 mi) SSW of Pariaman (pop: 92,200) --> See nearby quakes!
167 km (104 mi) SW of Solok (pop: 48,400) --> See nearby quakes!
195 km (121 mi) SSW of Bukittinggi (pop: 98,700) --> See nearby quakes!
196 km (122 mi) W of Sungai Penuh (pop: 95,900) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (125 mi) SW of Sijunjung (pop: 27,800) --> See nearby quakes!
218 km (136 mi) SSW of Payakumbuh (pop: 121,600) --> See nearby quakes!
336 km (209 mi) SW of Pekanbaru (pop: 704,000) --> See nearby quakes!
360 km (224 mi) NW of Benkulu (pop: 309,700) --> See nearby quakes!
932 km (579 mi) WNW of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.129 kmKepulauan Mentawai region, IndonesiaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
May 4, 1973 23:56
49 years ago
5.9

51 km
80 km SW of Padang, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
Mar 29, 1973 06:20
49 years ago
5.2

50 km
21 km E of Pulau Pittojat Island, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
Feb 27, 1973 14:49
49 years ago
5.0

33 km
41 km E of Pulau Siaimu Island, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
Feb 26, 1973 21:57
49 years ago
5.3

33 km
40 km E of Pulau Siaimu Island, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
Feb 25, 1973 21:28
49 years ago
4.9

33 km
44 km NE of Pulau Siaimu Island, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
Feb 25, 1973 10:31
49 years ago
5.9

33 km
45 km NE of Pulau Siaimu Island, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
Dec 18, 1972 13:57
49 years ago
5.9

32 km
39 km NE of Pulau Pittojat Island, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore

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