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Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 127 km northwest of Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, February 8, 1987 at 17:48 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 127 km northwest of Ternate, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, February 8, 1987 at 17:48 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 17 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Feb 8, 1987 17:48:48 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 16.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.604°N / 126.588°E (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 1.604°S / 53.412°W
Nearest volcano: Todoko-Ranu (106 km / 66 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
127 km (79 mi) NW of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
145 km (90 mi) NW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
156 km (97 mi) E of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
159 km (99 mi) W of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) E of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (118 mi) E of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
194 km (120 mi) E of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
201 km (125 mi) E of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
410 km (255 mi) ENE of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.217 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (18 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jul 12, 1987 20:29
35 years ago
5.2

77 km
162 km NE of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jul 12, 1987 08:50
35 years ago
4.8

33 km
154 km E of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jul 12, 1987 08:18
35 years ago
5.2

33 km
159 km NE of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jun 22, 1987 03:07
35 years ago
4.7

33 km
122 km E of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Jun 11, 1987 23:48
35 years ago
5.2

45 km
99 km E of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
May 31, 1987 21:18
35 years ago
4.7

102 km
126 km NW of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 26, 1987 22:26
35 years ago
4.7

33 km
142 km NW of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 9, 1987 19:10
35 years ago
4.6

112 km
119 km NW of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
May 4, 1987 06:24
35 years ago
5.2

64 km
105 km W of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Apr 28, 1987 15:18
35 years ago
4.3

122 km
112 km N of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Apr 16, 1987 07:01
35 years ago
5.1

126 km
51 km NW of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 25, 1987 15:32
35 years ago
4.4

84 km
145 km E of Bitung, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Mar 18, 1987 00:22
35 years ago
6.1

30 km
114 km W of Pulau Tutu Island, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 13, 1987 09:28
35 years ago
5.0

67 km
124 km N of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Mar 4, 1987 04:16
35 years ago
4.5

86 km
118 km N of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Feb 27, 1987 21:43
35 years ago
4.7

100 km
91 km NW of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Feb 26, 1987 06:37
35 years ago
4.6

33 km
111 km NW of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Feb 18, 1987 14:22
35 years ago
4.8

33 km
109 km W of Ternate, North Maluku, IndonesiaMore

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