Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 445 km south of Ambon City, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, February 28, 1989 at 13:48 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 445 km south of Ambon City, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, February 28, 1989 at 13:48 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 196 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: Feb 28, 1989 13:48:57 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 196.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.624°S / 127.399°E (Maluku, Indonesia)
Antipode: 7.624°N / 52.601°W
Nearest volcano: Gunung Api Wetar (137 km / 85 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
109 km (68 mi) NNE of Lospalos (Lautém, Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,200) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (87 mi) NE of Baucau (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (99 mi) NE of Venilale (Baucau, Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
226 km (141 mi) ENE of Delhi (Díli, Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000) --> See nearby quakes!
236 km (147 mi) ENE of Aileu (Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
321 km (200 mi) ENE of Atambua (Kabupaten Belu, East Nusa Tenggara) (pop: 35,800) --> See nearby quakes!
380 km (236 mi) ENE of Kefamenanu (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Utara, East Nusa Tenggara) (pop: 29,500) --> See nearby quakes!
423 km (263 mi) NE of Soe (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Selatan, East Nusa Tenggara) (pop: 27,700) --> See nearby quakes!
445 km (277 mi) S of Ambon City (pop: 355,600) --> See nearby quakes!
504 km (313 mi) NE of Kupang (East Nusa Tenggara) (pop: 282,400) --> 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!) More info
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6.2196 kmKepulauan Barat Daya, IndonesiaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

  • 04 Aug 1989 18:15 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    145.4 km (90.3 mi) depth
    55 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Jul 1989 19:14 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Jun 1989 23:44 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    173.4 km (107.7 mi) depth
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 May 1989 17:05 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    111.7 km (69.4 mi) depth
    74 km (46 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Apr 1989 02:24 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    325 km (201.9 mi) depth
    70 km (44 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Mar 1989 22:41 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    137.3 km (85.3 mi) depth
    51 km (32 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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