Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 29 km south of Gura Tabailenge Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 1:08 pm (GMT +9) -

Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - Halmahera Sea, 29 km south of Gura Tabailenge Island, Maluku Utara, Indonesia, on Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 1:08 pm (GMT +9)

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Jan 04:15 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 6 minutes.
Update Sun, 24 Jan 2021, 04:21
Light 4.6 quake hits near Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia
4.6 quake 24 Jan 1:08 pm (GMT +9)
4.6 quake 24 Jan 1:08 pm (GMT +9)
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake near Tobelo, Kabupaten Halmahera Utara, North Maluku, Indonesia, was reported only 12 minutes ago by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG), considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in Indonesia. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter around noon on Sunday 24 January 2021 at 1:08 pm 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 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 90 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 24 Jan 2021 04:08:39 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 24 Jan 2021 1:08 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.12°N / 128.72°E (Halmahera Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Tarakan (104 km / 65 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
90 km (56 mi) ENE of Tobelo (Kabupaten Halmahera Utara) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
201 km (125 mi) NE of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) --> See nearby quakes!
210 km (130 mi) NE of Ternate (pop: 101,700) --> See nearby quakes!
284 km (177 mi) WSW of Tobi Village (Hatobohei, Palau) (pop: 44) --> See nearby quakes!
399 km (248 mi) E of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
437 km (272 mi) NW of Sorong (pop: 125,500) --> See nearby quakes!
514 km (319 mi) SE of Sarangani (Davao del Sur, Philippines) (pop: 7,510) --> See nearby quakes!
534 km (332 mi) SE of Nuing (Philippines) (pop: 2,610) --> See nearby quakes!
536 km (333 mi) SE of Balangonan (Philippines) (pop: 2,330) --> See nearby quakes!
552 km (343 mi) SE of Pangyan (Sarangani, Philippines) (pop: 5,260) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 27.4°C (81 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 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 4.610 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaBMKG
M 4.741 kmHALMAHERA, INDONESIAEMSC
M 4.741 km93 Km ENE of Tobelo, IndonesiaUSGS
M 4.926 kmHalmahera, IndonesiaGFZ

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