Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Sunday, 24 August 1986 at 23:46 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake  - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Sunday, 24 August 1986 at 23:46 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 35 km depth

Date & time: 24 Aug 1986 11:46:51 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.6
Depth: 34.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.1°N / 126.873°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tobaru (103 km / 64 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
133 km (83 mi) WNW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, Maluku Utara) (pop: 10,000)
156 km (97 mi) NNW of Ternate (Maluku Utara) (pop: 101,700)
170 km (105 mi) NNW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan, Maluku Utara) (pop: 36,200)
200 km (124 mi) ENE of Bitung (North Sulawesi) (pop: 137,400)
235 km (146 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara) (pop: 33,300)
235 km (146 mi) ENE of Manado (Sulawesi Utara) (pop: 451,900)
629 km (391 mi) SSE of Budta (SOCCSKSARGEN, Philippines) (pop: 1,273,700)
2409 km (1497 mi) ENE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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M 5.635 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 5.6 quake Molucca Sea (Indonesia) 24 August 23:46 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
  • 22 Oct 1986 05:30 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    76.3 km (47.4 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Sep 1986 23:53 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Aug 1986 00:13 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Sunday, 24 August 1986 at 23:46 (GMT)
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