Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 11 km southwest of Pulau Saminyamao Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 6:56 am (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 4.4 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 11 km southwest of Pulau Saminyamao Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 6:56 am (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 4.4 earthquake at 11 km depth

25 Dec 22:02 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 6 minutes.
25 Dec 22:05: Now using data updates from BMKG
Update Fri, 25 Dec 2020, 22:06
Magnitude 4.4 earthquake strikes near Tobelo, Indonesia
4.4 quake 26 Dec 6:56 am (GMT +9)
4.4 quake 26 Dec 6:56 am (GMT +9)
A shallow magnitude 4.4 earthquake was reported early morning near Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia.
According to Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), the quake hit on Saturday 26 December 2020 at 6:56 am local time at a shallow depth of 11 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.4 earthquake as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Tobelo (pop. 10,000) located 56 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 25 Dec 2020 21:56:13 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 26 Dec 2020 6:56 am (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 4.4
Depth: 11.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.23°N / 128.07°E (Maluku Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tarakan (52 km / 32 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
56 km (35 mi) N of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
175 km (109 mi) NNE of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
177 km (110 mi) NNE of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
332 km (206 mi) ENE of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
354 km (220 mi) ENE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
366 km (227 mi) ENE of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
368 km (228 mi) ENE of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
377 km (234 mi) ENE of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
496 km (308 mi) NW of Sorong (pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!
538 km (335 mi) SE of General Santos (Philippines) (pop: 679,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 25.1°C (77 F), humidity: 87%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from WNW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1011 joules (69.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 60 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.
M 4.411 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaBMKG

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