Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Ceram Sea, 155 km northwest of Ambon City, Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - Ceram Sea, 155 km northwest of Ambon City, Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 18 km depth

22 Nov 11:35 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
22 Nov 11:36: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.2. Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards N.
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26 Nov 02:05: Now using data updates from BMKG
Update Sun, 22 Nov 2020, 11:36
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.1 just reported 132 km northwest of Ambon, Indonesia
5.1 quake Ceram Sea, Indonesia, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9)
5.1 quake Ceram Sea, Indonesia, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9)
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported only 9 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the evening on Sunday 22 November 2020 at 8.27 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter. Weak shaking might have been felt in Ambon (pop. 355,600) located 132 km from the epicenter, and Amahai (pop. 47,700) 169 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 22 Nov 2020 11:27:30 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 18.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.47°S / 127.52°E (Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Bibinoi (189 km / 117 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
155 km (96 mi) NNW of Ambon City (Maluku) (pop: 355,600)
183 km (114 mi) WNW of Amahai (Maluku) (pop: 47,700)
357 km (222 mi) S of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan, North Maluku) (pop: 36,200)
363 km (226 mi) S of Ternate (North Maluku) (pop: 101,700)
452 km (281 mi) WSW of Sorong (West Papua) (pop: 125,500)
508 km (316 mi) SSE of Bitung (pop: 137,400)
531 km (330 mi) SE of Manado (North Sulawesi) (pop: 451,900)
2330 km (1448 mi) E of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100)
Primary data source: BMKG
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 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 5.318 km- 145 km NNW of Ambon, IndonesiaBMKG
M 5.330 kmCERAM SEA, INDONESIAEMSC
M 5.310.8 km145 Km NNW of Ambon, IndonesiaUSGS
M 5.444 kmCeram Sea, IndonesiaGeoAu
M 5.327 kmCeram Sea, IndonesiaGFZ
M 5.318 kmCeram Sea, IndonesiaBMKG

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Berlin / Violent shaking (MMI IX)
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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake Ceram Sea, 155 km northwest of Ambon City, Maluku, Indonesia, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes):
  • 01 Dec 2020 21:19 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 29 Nov 2020 03:25 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 27 Nov 2020 13:37 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 26 Nov 2020 09:27 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    24 km (14.9 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 21:37 UTC
    | M 3.4 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 14:20 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 12:12 UTC
    | M 2.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    19 km (12 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 11:55 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 22 Nov 2020 11:48 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Ceram Sea, 155 km northwest of Ambon City, Maluku, Indonesia, on Sunday, 22 Nov 8.27 pm (GMT +9)

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