Moderate mag. 4.1 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 52 km northeast of Pulau Luwo Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 9:05 pm (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 4.1 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 52 km northeast of Pulau Luwo Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 9:05 pm (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 4.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

16 Jan 12:15 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 10 minutes.
16 Jan 19:45: Magnitude recalculated from 4.0 to 4.1. Epicenter location corrected by 3.5 km (2.2 mi) towards SSW.
Date & time: 16 Jan 2021 12:05:09 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 9:05 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 4.1
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 0.67°N / 129.29°E (Halmahera Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Dukono (192 km / 119 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
185 km (115 mi) SE of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
193 km (120 mi) E of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
212 km (132 mi) E of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
279 km (173 mi) NW of Sorong (pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!
448 km (278 mi) N of Amahai (pop: 47,700) --> See nearby quakes!
464 km (289 mi) E of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
488 km (304 mi) E of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
492 km (306 mi) E of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
501 km (311 mi) NNE of Ambon City (pop: 355,600) --> See nearby quakes!
598 km (371 mi) NW of Mas (pop: 320) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 26.6°C (80 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 6 m/s (11 kts) from WNW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 8.9 x 1010 joules (24.8 megawatt hours, equivalent to 21.3 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 4.110 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaBMKG
M 4.010 kmHALMAHERA, INDONESIAEMSC

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