Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Monday, 13 December 1999 at 09:30 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake  - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Monday, 13 December 1999 at 09:30 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 85 km depth

Date & time: 13 Dec 1999 09:30:39 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 84.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.077°N / 127.115°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tobaru (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
65 km (40 mi) WNW of Aruk (North Maluku)
107 km (66 mi) WNW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, Maluku Utara) (pop: 10,000)
146 km (91 mi) NNW of Ternate (North Maluku) (pop: 101,700)
157 km (98 mi) NNW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan, Maluku Utara) (pop: 36,200)
225 km (140 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400)
260 km (162 mi) ENE of Manado (North Sulawesi) (pop: 451,900)
643 km (399 mi) SSE of Budta (Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, Philippines) (pop: 1,273,700)
2433 km (1512 mi) ENE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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M 5.985 kmMolucca Sea (Indonesia)USGS
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Aftershocks of the 5.9 quake Molucca Sea (Indonesia) 13 December 09:30 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
  • 02 Jan 2000 18:43 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Dec 1999 22:31 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    91.3 km (56.7 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Dec 1999 21:46 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    42 km (26.1 mi) depth
    |
    52 km (33 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.9 earthquake - Molucca Sea (Indonesia) on Monday, 13 December 1999 at 09:30 (GMT)
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