Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Wednesday, 16 December 1998 at 15:18 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Wednesday, 16 December 1998 at 15:18 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 16 Dec 1998 03:18:00 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.262°N / 126.682°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Hiri (82 km / 51 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
94 km (58 mi) WNW of Ternate (North Maluku) (pop: 101,700)
114 km (71 mi) WNW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan, North Maluku) (pop: 36,200)
156 km (97 mi) WSW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, Maluku Utara) (pop: 10,000)
167 km (104 mi) E of Bitung (pop: 137,400)
197 km (122 mi) E of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara) (pop: 33,300)
205 km (128 mi) E of Manado (North Sulawesi) (pop: 451,900)
706 km (439 mi) SSE of Budta (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines) (pop: 1,273,700)
2354 km (1463 mi) ENE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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M 5.333 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake Molucca Sea (Indonesia) 16 December 15:18 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 16 Dec 1998 17:52 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    9 km (6 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Wednesday, 16 December 1998 at 15:18 (GMT)
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