Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 82 km west of Tobelo, Indonesia, on Thursday, 26 Nov 2020 12:20 am (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 82 km west of Tobelo, Indonesia, on Thursday, 26 Nov 2020 12:20 am (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 77 km depth

25 Nov 15:27 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
25 Nov 15:28: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 111.0 to 118.0 km (from 69 to 73 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.6 km (3.5 mi) towards S.
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28 Nov 16:10: Magnitude recalculated from 5.8 to 5.5.
Update Wed, 25 Nov 2020, 15:30
Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.2 earthquake 125 km north of Ternate, Indonesia
5.2 quake 26 Nov 12:20 am (GMT +9)
5.2 quake 26 Nov 12:20 am (GMT +9)
Just 10 minutes ago, a 5.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Tobelo, Indonesia. The tremor was recorded after midnight on Thursday 26 November 2020 at 12.20 am local time, at an intermediate depth of 118 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 5.6 earthquake.
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 Tobelo (pop. 10,000) located 61 km from the epicenter, Ternate (pop. 101,700) 125 km away, and Sofifi (pop. 36,200) 131 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 25 Nov 2020 15:20:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 26 Nov 2020 12:20 am (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 77.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.85°N / 127.28°E (Maluku Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tobaru (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
82 km (51 mi) W of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
118 km (74 mi) N of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
128 km (79 mi) NNW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
236 km (147 mi) E of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
259 km (161 mi) E of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (170 mi) E of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
282 km (175 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
498 km (310 mi) SSE of Glan (Sarangani, Philippines) (pop: 24,300) --> See nearby quakes!
537 km (334 mi) NW of Sorong (pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 28.7°C (84 F), humidity: 74%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) 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 5.577 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaBMKG
M 5.0109 km67 Km WNW of Tobelo, IndonesiaUSGS
M 5.0120 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaGeoAu
M 5.0118 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaGFZ

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More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes):
  • 13 Jan 2021 23:03 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    120 km (74.6 mi) depth
    27 km (17 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 11 Jan 2021 18:08 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    110 km (68.4 mi) depth
    20 km (13 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 26 Dec 2020 23:36 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    148 km (92 mi) depth
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 26 Dec 2020 09:02 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    26 km (16.2 mi) depth
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 06 Dec 2020 17:55 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    19 km (11.8 mi) depth
    32 km (20 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 05 Dec 2020 00:42 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    86 km (53.4 mi) depth
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 30 Nov 2020 01:40 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    56 km (34.8 mi) depth
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details

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