Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 121 km south of Colonia, Micronesia, on Friday, 26 Feb 2021 5:46 pm (GMT +10) -

Strong mag. 5.4 earthquake - North Pacific Ocean, 121 km south of Colonia, Micronesia, on Friday, 26 Feb 2021 5:46 pm (GMT +10)

Strong magnitude 5.4 earthquake at 10 km depth

26 Feb 07:54 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
26 Feb 07:57: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.4. Epicenter location corrected by 2.2 km (1.4 mi) towards N.
Update Fri, 26 Feb 2021, 08:00
Significant 5.4 quake hits near Colonia, Weloy Municipality, State of Yap, Micronesia
5.4 quake 26 Feb 5:46 pm (GMT +10)
5.4 quake 26 Feb 5:46 pm (GMT +10)
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake near Colonia, Weloy Municipality, State of Yap, Micronesia, was reported only 14 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 in the afternoon on Friday 26 February 2021 at 5:46 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 5.1 earthquake.
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 Colonia (pop. 7,400) located 121 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 26 Feb 2021 07:46:09 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Friday, 26 Feb 2021 5:46 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.4
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 8.45°N / 137.89°E (North Pacific Ocean, Micronesia)
Nearby towns and cities:
121 km (75 mi) SSW of Colonia (Yap) (pop: 7,370) --> See nearby quakes!
352 km (218 mi) E of Kayangel (Palau) (pop: 188) --> See nearby quakes!
369 km (229 mi) ENE of Ulimang (Palau) (pop: 581) --> See nearby quakes!
377 km (235 mi) ENE of Ngchesar Hamlet (Palau) (pop: 300) --> See nearby quakes!
384 km (239 mi) ENE of Imeong Hamlet (Palau) (pop: 132) --> See nearby quakes!
392 km (244 mi) ENE of Ngchemiangel (Bkurrengel, Palau) (pop: 270) --> See nearby quakes!
395 km (246 mi) ENE of Koror Town (Koror, Palau) (pop: 12,700) --> See nearby quakes!
430 km (267 mi) ENE of Kloulklubed (Klouklubed, Palau) (pop: 702) --> See nearby quakes!
449 km (279 mi) ENE of Saipan (Palau) (pop: 320) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (76 mi) S of Yap Island (pop: 4,920) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 27.9°C (82 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 8 m/s (16 kts) from ENE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1012 joules (2.21 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1898 tons of TNT or 0.1 atomic bombs!) 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.
5.410 kmW. Caroline Islands, MicronesiaGFZ
5.510 kmW. Caroline Islands, MicronesiaGeoAu
5.210 km加罗林群岛地区, MicronesiaCEIC
5.410 km116 Km SSW of Colonia, MicronesiaUSGS

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 26 Feb 2021 08:38 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    40 km (24.9 mi) depth
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details

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