Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 204 km north of Ternate, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Friday, 18 September 2020 at 18:43 (GMT) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 204 km north of Ternate, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Friday, 18 September 2020 at 18:43 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 65 km depth

18 Sep 18:56 UTC: First to report: GeoAu after 13 minutes.
18 Sep 19:00: Now using data updates from BMKG
19 Sep 00:15: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 53.0 to 65.0 km (from 33 to 40 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.8 km (4.2 mi) towards W.
Date & time: 18 Sep 2020 18:43:33 UTC -
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 65.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.57°N / 126.93°E (Maluku Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tarakan (124 km / 77 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
152 km (95 mi) NW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
204 km (127 mi) NNW of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
215 km (134 mi) NNW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
230 km (143 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
248 km (154 mi) ENE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
261 km (162 mi) ENE of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
265 km (164 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
274 km (170 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
433 km (269 mi) SSE of Alabel (Philippines) (pop: 43,300) --> See nearby quakes!
440 km (273 mi) SSE of General Santos (Philippines) (pop: 679,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 28.2°C (83 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 4 km/h (2 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
M 5.065 kmNorthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaBMKG
M 5.460 kmMolucca Sea, IndonesiaEMSC
M 5.479 kmNorthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaGeoAu
M 5.240 kmNorthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaGFZ
M 5.225 km153 Km WNW of Tobelo, IndonesiaUSGS

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More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes):
  • 24 Sep 2020 19:27 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 19 Sep 2020 18:46 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    6 km (3 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details

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