Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Wednesday, 16 December 1998 at 17:45 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake  - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Wednesday, 16 December 1998 at 17:45 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 16 Dec 1998 05:45:05 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.12°N / 126.175°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tongkoko (117 km / 73 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
115 km (72 mi) ESE of Parigidolang (North Sulawesi)
116 km (72 mi) ESE of Bitung (pop: 137,400)
139 km (87 mi) WNW of Ternate (North Maluku) (pop: 101,700)
142 km (88 mi) E of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa, Sulawesi Utara) (pop: 33,300)
153 km (95 mi) ESE of Manado (North Sulawesi) (pop: 451,900)
160 km (99 mi) WNW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan, Maluku Utara) (pop: 36,200)
704 km (437 mi) SSE of Budta (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines) (pop: 1,273,700)
2296 km (1427 mi) ENE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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M 6.233 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.2 quake Molucca Sea (Indonesia) 16 December 17:45 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
  • 30 Jan 1999 08:49 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    52 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Dec 1998 04:04 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    42 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Dec 1998 20:49 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    9 km (5 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Wednesday, 16 December 1998 at 17:45 (GMT)
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