Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Banda Sea, Indonesia, on Saturday, February 20, 1988 at 01:25 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - Banda Sea, Indonesia, on Saturday, February 20, 1988 at 01:25 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 315 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Feb 20, 1988 01:25:58 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 314.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.14°S / 127.004°E (Banda Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 7.14°N / 52.996°W
Nearest volcano: Gunung Api Wetar (68 km / 42 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
154 km (95 mi) N of Lospalos (Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,200) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (100 mi) NNE of Baucau (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
181 km (112 mi) NNE of Venilale (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
223 km (139 mi) NE of Delhi (Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000) --> See nearby quakes!
319 km (198 mi) NE of Atambua (Kabupaten Belu) (pop: 35,800) --> See nearby quakes!
378 km (235 mi) NE of Kefamenanu (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Utara) (pop: 29,500) --> See nearby quakes!
405 km (251 mi) SSW of Ambon City (pop: 355,600) --> See nearby quakes!
426 km (264 mi) NE of Soe (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Selatan) (pop: 27,700) --> See nearby quakes!
473 km (294 mi) SSW of Amahai (pop: 47,700) --> See nearby quakes!
503 km (313 mi) NE of Kupang (pop: 282,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.5315 kmKepulauan Barat Daya, IndonesiaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (8 quakes)

  • 30 Jul 1988 02:28 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    120.3 km (74.8 mi) depth
    |
    106 km (66 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Jul 1988 01:09 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    124.8 km (77.5 mi) depth
    |
    107 km (66 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Jul 1988 09:20 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    108.7 km (67.5 mi) depth
    |
    91 km (57 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jun 1988 12:50 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    410.4 km (255 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (54 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 May 1988 09:24 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    227.5 km (141.4 mi) depth
    |
    44 km (27 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Apr 1988 09:52 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    412.1 km (256.1 mi) depth
    |
    72 km (45 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Apr 1988 19:43 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    162.7 km (101.1 mi) depth
    |
    103 km (64 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Apr 1988 21:17 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    149.3 km (92.8 mi) depth
    |
    73 km (46 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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