Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Banda Sea, Indonesia, on Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 8:55 pm (GMT +9) -

Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Banda Sea, Indonesia, on Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 8:55 pm (GMT +9)

Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 172 km depth

17 Feb 12:05 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 9 minutes.
17 Feb 16:50: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 4.8. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 106.0 to 172.0 km (from 66 to 107 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5 km (3.1 mi) towards SSE.
Update Wed, 17 Feb 2021, 12:09
Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes near Lospalos, Lautém, Timor-Leste
4.9 quake Banda Sea, Timor-Leste, 17 Feb 2021 8:55 pm (GMT +9)
4.9 quake Banda Sea, Timor-Leste, 17 Feb 2021 8:55 pm (GMT +9)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred only 13 minutes ago 119 km northeast of Lospalos, Timor-Leste, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency reported.
The quake hit at an intermediate depth of 106 km beneath the epicenter near Lospalos, Lautém, Timor-Leste, in the evening on Wednesday 17 February 2021 at 8:55 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.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Lospalos (pop. 17,200) located 119 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 17 Feb 2021 11:55:53 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 17 Feb 2021 8:55 pm (GMT +9)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 172.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.75°S / 127.72°E (Banda Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Wurlali (126 km / 78 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
117 km (73 mi) NE of Lospalos (Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,200) --> See nearby quakes!
161 km (100 mi) ENE of Baucau (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
178 km (111 mi) NE of Venilale (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
253 km (157 mi) ENE of Delhi (Timor-Leste) (pop: 150,000) --> See nearby quakes!
261 km (162 mi) ENE of Aileu (Timor-Leste) (pop: 17,400) --> See nearby quakes!
278 km (173 mi) ENE of Likisa (Timor-Leste) (pop: 19,000) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) ENE of Maubara (Timor-Leste) (pop: 16,300) --> See nearby quakes!
346 km (215 mi) ENE of Atambua (Kabupaten Belu) (pop: 35,800) --> See nearby quakes!
403 km (251 mi) ENE of Kefamenanu (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Utara) (pop: 29,500) --> See nearby quakes!
445 km (276 mi) ENE of Soe (Kabupaten Timor Tengah Selatan) (pop: 27,700) --> See nearby quakes!
224 km (139 mi) ENE of Timor Island (pop: 3,182,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 28.8°C (84 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 6 m/s (13 kts) from SW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
4.8172 kmBanda Sea, IndonesiaBMKG

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