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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 189 km southeast of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 9:24 am (GMT +8)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 189 km southeast of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 9:24 am (GMT +8) Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Molucca Sea, 189 km southeast of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Thursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 9:24 am (GMT +8)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 55 km depth

24 Dec 01:31 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
24 Dec 01:35: Now using data updates from BMKG
24 Dec 11:35: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 24.0 to 55.0 km (from 14.9 to 34 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.7 km (3.5 mi) towards NNW.

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 24, 2020 01:24:17 UTC
Local time at epicenterThursday, Dec 24, 2020 at 9:24 am (GMT +8)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth55.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude0.26°S / 124.56°E (Molucca Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode0.26°N / 55.44°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceBMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Nearest volcanoAmbang (113 km / 70 mi)
Nearby towns and cities177 km (110 mi) S of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
178 km (111 mi) SSW of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
189 km (117 mi) ESE of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
196 km (122 mi) S of Manado (pop: 451,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
200 km (124 mi) SSW of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
203 km (126 mi) SSW of Bitung (pop: 137,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
212 km (131 mi) ENE of Luwuk (pop: 47,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
335 km (208 mi) WSW of Ternate (pop: 101,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
351 km (218 mi) WSW of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
443 km (275 mi) WSW of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 28.8°C (84 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.355 km- 167 km SSW of Tomohon, IndonesiaBMKG
5.160 kmMOLUCCA SEA, IndonesiaEMSC
5.130 kmSouthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaGFZ
5.233 km167 Km SSW of Tomohon, IndonesiaUSGS
5.263 kmSouthern Molucca Sea, IndonesiaGeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Davao, Philippines (DAV/IU network) | Distance from quake: 823 km / 511 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Davao, Philippines: 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. 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.

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (8 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 5, 2021 20:34
1 year 43 weeks ago
5.1

45 km
Molucca Sea, 181 km SE of Gorontalo, IndonesiaMore
Feb 1, 2021 12:22
1 year 44 weeks ago
4.4

10 km
Molucca Sea, 175 km SE of Gorontalo, IndonesiaMore
Jan 12, 2021 13:28
1 year 47 weeks ago
3.4

16 km
Molucca Sea, 180 km SE of Gorontalo, IndonesiaMore
Jan 6, 2021 13:26
1 year 47 weeks ago
3.8

31 km
Molucca Sea, 181 km SE of Gorontalo, IndonesiaMore
Jan 1, 2021 04:05
1 year 48 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
Molucca Sea, 176 km SE of Gorontalo, IndonesiaMore
Dec 28, 2020 07:31
1 year 49 weeks ago
5.3

50 km
Molucca Sea, 182 km S of Manado, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Dec 24, 2020 01:38
1 year 49 weeks ago
3.6

57 km
Molucca Sea, 178 km S of Manado, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore
Dec 24, 2020 01:34
1 year 49 weeks ago
3.7

72 km
Molucca Sea, 181 km S of Manado, North Sulawesi, IndonesiaMore

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