Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 278 km west of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Monday, 19 Oct 4.38 pm (GMT +7) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake  - 278 km west of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Monday, 19 Oct 4.38 pm (GMT +7)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

19 Oct 09:46 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
19 Oct 09:49: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 72.0 to 10.0 km (from 45 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 11 km (6.8 mi) towards NNW.
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19 Oct 16:55: Epicenter location corrected by 3.5 km (2.2 mi) towards ENE.
Update Mon, 19 Oct 2020, 10:49
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.2 reported in Northern Sumatra, Indonesia
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake 1 hour 11 minutes ago was reported by the BMKG agency, considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in Indonesia. The earthquake occurred at shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 mi) beneath the epicenter on 19 Oct 4:38 pm (GMT +7) local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change within the next hours as the agency continues to process the seismic data.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery also identified a second report from the GeoAu agency which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2 as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include USGS (magnitude 5.1), EMSC (magnitude 5.1).
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 19 Oct 2020 09:38:50 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Monday, 19 Oct 4.38 pm (GMT +7)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.89°N / 96.26°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Kembar (192 km / 119 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
47 km (30 mi) NNW of Sinabang (Kabupaten Simeulue) (pop: 15,000)
140 km (87 mi) S of Meulaboh (Kabupaten Aceh Barat) (pop: 35,100)
183 km (113 mi) WNW of Singkil (pop: 46,800)
249 km (155 mi) W of Kabanjahe (pop: 57,200)
259 km (161 mi) WSW of Binjai (pop: 228,800)
273 km (170 mi) SSW of Lhokseumawe (pop: 89,000)
278 km (173 mi) WSW of Medan (pop: 1,751,000)
1552 km (964 mi) NW of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 29.5°C (85 F), humidity: 64%, wind: 2 m/s (5 kts) from WNW
Primary data source: BMKG
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.210 kmNorthern Sumatra, IndonesiaBMKG
M 5.110 km5.1 Simeulue, IndonesiaEMSC
M 5.113 km42 Km NNW of Sinabang, IndonesiaUSGS
M 5.242 kmNorthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (2)

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Kota langsa (258.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : Terasa seperti pusing (reported through our app)
Downtown los Angeles fashion Art district / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Body else feels it but me, but the effects are there.
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Aftershocks of the 5.2 quake 278 km west of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, 19 Oct 4.38 pm (GMT +7)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes):
  • 01 Dec 2020 01:01 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 27 Nov 2020 09:47 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 21 Oct 2020 04:21 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    2 km (2 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 20 Oct 2020 19:38 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 19 Oct 2020 10:22 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 278 km west of Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Monday, 19 Oct 4.38 pm (GMT +7)

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