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Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 106 km west of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Friday, March 16, 1973 at 00:51 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 106 km west of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Friday, March 16, 1973 at 00:51 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 18 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Mar 16, 1973 00:51:47 UTC
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 18.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.091°N / 126.643°E (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 2.091°S / 53.357°W
Nearest volcano: Tobaru (125 km / 78 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
157 km (98 mi) WNW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
166 km (103 mi) NNW of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
176 km (110 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
182 km (113 mi) NW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
197 km (123 mi) ENE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
211 km (131 mi) ENE of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
211 km (131 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
222 km (138 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
391 km (243 mi) SSE of Sarangani (Davao del Sur, Philippines) (pop: 7,510) --> See nearby quakes!
434 km (270 mi) ENE of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.318 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (17 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Aug 20, 1973 04:43
49 years ago
5.1

33 km
102 km NW of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Aug 4, 1973 21:51
49 years ago
5.6

40 km
94 km W of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Jul 11, 1973 04:15
49 years ago
4.6

85 km
99 km W of Pulau Laba Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Jun 22, 1973 05:00
49 years ago
5.0

33 km
53 km NW of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 4, 1973 11:50
49 years ago
4.9

33 km
126 km E of Pulau Tahulandang Island, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
May 4, 1973 11:27
49 years ago
5.9

33 km
109 km NW of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Apr 7, 1973 05:31
49 years ago
4.9

46 km
209 km E of Manado, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 26, 1973 00:18
49 years ago
4.5

33 km
117 km E of Pulau Tahulandang Island, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 20, 1973 01:37
49 years ago
4.5

11 km
108 km E of Pulau Tahulandang Island, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 18, 1973 14:37
49 years ago
4.6

33 km
97 km W of Pulau Deherete Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 18, 1973 12:04
49 years ago
5.1

38 km
122 km E of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 18, 1973 11:23
49 years ago
5.2

32 km
95 km NW of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 18, 1973 11:06
49 years ago
6.5

33 km
110 km W of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 16, 1973 03:40
49 years ago
5.6

33 km
150 km NE of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 16, 1973 02:12
49 years ago
5.5

47 km
113 km W of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 16, 1973 01:09
49 years ago
5.2

33 km
148 km NE of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 16, 1973 01:00
49 years ago
5.4

33 km
122 km E of Pulau Tahulandang Island, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore

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