Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 5.2 km east of Pulau Jojikula Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Friday, 5 July 1985 at 07:17 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 5.2 km east of Pulau Jojikula Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Friday, 5 July 1985 at 07:17 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 5 Jul 1985 07:17:12 UTC
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.155°S / 128.472°E (Halmahera Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Bibinoi (94 km / 58 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
234 km (145 mi) SSE of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
248 km (154 mi) SSE of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
248 km (154 mi) NNW of Amahai (pop: 47,700) --> See nearby quakes!
284 km (177 mi) N of Ambon City (pop: 355,600) --> See nearby quakes!
312 km (194 mi) W of Sorong (pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!
325 km (202 mi) S of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
467 km (290 mi) SE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
481 km (299 mi) SE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
488 km (303 mi) SE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) More info
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M 4.833 kmKepulauan Obi, IndonesiaUSGS
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