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Strong mag. 5.0 Earthquake - Indian Ocean on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 07:28 pm (GMT +4)

Strong mag. 5.0 Earthquake - Indian Ocean on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 07:28 pm (GMT +4) Strong mag. 5.0 Earthquake - Indian Ocean on Wednesday, Oct 14, 2020 07:28 pm (GMT +4)

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

14 Oct 15:41 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 13 minutes.
14 Oct 16:49: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.0.

Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 14, 2020 15:28:41 UTC
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Oct 14, 2020 07:28 pm (GMT +4)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude9.91°S / 65.95°E (international territory)
Antipode9.91°N / 114.05°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeScattered Clouds 26.7°C (80 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 9 m/s (17 kts) from SE
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
694 km (431 mi)
ENE of epicenter
Île Lubine
(pop: 15)
Not felt
British Indian Ocean Territory
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

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Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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.
Mag Depth Time GMT Epicenter Agency
5.0 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2020-10-14 15:28:41 Mid Indian Ridge GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
4.6 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2020-10-14 15:28:41 Mid-indian Ridge
14 km (8.6 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
5.1 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2020-10-14 15:28:38 Mid-Indian Ridge
46 km (29 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
USGS (United States Geological Survey)
4.8 10 km (6.2 mi) (*) 2020-10-14 15:28:38 Mid Indian Ridge
69 km (43 mi) epicenter difference with GFZ
BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
(*) A depth given as 10 km often means that the the depth of the quake could not determined with sufficient accuracy.


Seismic station: Diego Garcia, Chagos Islands, Indian Ocean (DGAR/II network) | Distance from quake: 767 km / 476 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Diego Garcia, Chagos Islands, Indian Ocean: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User-reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quake)

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