Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 142 km north of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, on Friday, January 17, 1997 at 11:20 GMT

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 142 km north of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, on Friday, January 17, 1997 at 11:20 GMT Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 142 km north of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, on Friday, January 17, 1997 at 11:20 GMT

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 111 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 17, 1997 11:20:22 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth110.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude8.899°S / 123.542°E (Savu Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode8.899°N / 56.458°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoIliwerung (41 km / 25 mi)
Nearby towns and cities98 km (61 mi) WNW of Pante Macassar (Timor-Leste) (pop: 4,730) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
119 km (74 mi) WNW of Kefamenanu (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Utara) (pop: 29,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
134 km (84 mi) NW of Soe (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Selatan) (pop: 27,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
142 km (88 mi) N of Kupang (pop: 282,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
150 km (93 mi) ESE of Maumere (pop: 47,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
150 km (93 mi) W of Atambua (Kabupaten Belu) (pop: 35,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
185 km (115 mi) W of mariana (Maliana, Timor-Leste) (pop: 22,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
194 km (120 mi) WNW of Suai (Timor-Leste) (pop: 21,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
207 km (128 mi) E of Ende (pop: 77,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
227 km (141 mi) W of Delhi (Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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6.2111 kmFlores region, IndonesiaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jul 1, 1997 23:04
25 years ago

33 km
80 km NW of Kefamenanu, IndonesiaMore
Apr 7, 1997 16:58
25 years ago

100 km
138 km N of Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara, IndonesiaMore
Feb 1, 1997 06:57
26 years ago

33 km
Timor-Leste, 78 km S of Pura Island, East Nusa Tenggara, IndonesiaMore

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