Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 46 km east of Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 2:33 am (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - Halmahera Sea, 46 km east of Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 2:33 am (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

13 Jan 17:44 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 12 minutes.
16 Jan 17:50: Now using data updates from BMKG
Update Wed, 13 Jan 2021, 17:48
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.1 just reported 46 km southeast of Tobelo, Indonesia
5.1 quake 14 Jan 2:33 am (GMT +9)
5.1 quake 14 Jan 2:33 am (GMT +9)
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, was reported only 15 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 early morning on Thursday 14 January 2021 at 2:33 am 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1 as well.
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 46 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

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Date & time: 13 Jan 2021 17:33:06 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 2:33 am (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.56°N / 128.21°E (Halmahera Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Dukono (59 km / 37 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
29 km (18 mi) SE of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
117 km (73 mi) NE of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
126 km (78 mi) NE of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
336 km (209 mi) E of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
360 km (224 mi) E of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
368 km (228 mi) E of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
374 km (232 mi) E of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
380 km (236 mi) E of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
434 km (270 mi) NW of Sorong (pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!
2525 km (1569 mi) ENE of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100) --> See nearby quakes!
26 km (16 mi) SE of Pulau Kokara Kecil Island --> See nearby quakes!
105 km (66 mi) SSW of Gura Tabailenge Island --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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 5.010 km- 27 km SE of Tobelo, IndonesiaBMKG
M 5.210 kmHALMAHERA, INDONESIAEMSC
M 5.040 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaGeoAu
M 5.210 km19 Km SE of Tobelo, IndonesiaUSGS
M 5.110 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaGFZ

User reports for this quake (3)

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72.8 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 20-30 s : At first it was a strong shake that woke me up and then just a gentle rock that lasted about 30 seconds that help rock me back to sleep. | 3 users found this interesting.
Sabah (319.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
28.5 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 46 km east of Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 2:33 am (GMT +9)
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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 46 km east of Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, on Thursday, 14 Jan 2021 2:33 am (GMT +9)

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