Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 145 km southeast of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Saturday, 27 Feb 2021 2:53 pm (GMT +8) -

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Maluku Sea, 145 km southeast of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Saturday, 27 Feb 2021 2:53 pm (GMT +8)

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 10 km depth

27 Feb 07:00 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 7 minutes.
27 Feb 07:10: Epicenter location corrected by 1.6 km (1 mi) towards SE.
27 Feb 18:25: Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards E.
Update Sat, 27 Feb 2021, 07:06
Magnitude 4.8 earthquake strikes near Luwuk, Kabupaten Banggai, Sulawesi Centrale, Indonesia
4.8 quake 27 Feb 2:53 pm (GMT +8)
4.8 quake 27 Feb 2:53 pm (GMT +8)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred only 13 minutes ago 117 km northeast of Luwuk, Indonesia, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Luwuk, Kabupaten Banggai, Sulawesi Centrale, Indonesia, early afternoon on Saturday 27 February 2021 at 2:53 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.8 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Luwuk (pop. 47,800) located 117 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 27 Feb 2021 06:53:11 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 27 Feb 2021 2:53 pm (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 0.55°S / 123.78°E (Maluku Sea, Indonesia)
Nearest volcano: Ambang (161 km / 100 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
119 km (74 mi) ENE of Luwuk (pop: 47,800) --> See nearby quakes!
145 km (90 mi) SE of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) --> See nearby quakes!
237 km (147 mi) SSW of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
242 km (150 mi) SSW of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
255 km (159 mi) SSW of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
263 km (163 mi) SSW of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe) (Kabupaten Minahasa Utara) (pop: 8,000) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (169 mi) SW of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
350 km (217 mi) ENE of Poso (pop: 47,100) --> See nearby quakes!
406 km (252 mi) NNE of Kendari (pop: 195,000) --> See nearby quakes!
482 km (300 mi) NE of Palopo (pop: 129,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 29.1°C (84 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from NW
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

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
4.810 kmMinahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi, IndonesiaBMKG
4.451 kmSULAWESI, INDONESIAEMSC
4.450 km116 Km ENE of Luwuk, IndonesiaUSGS
4.647 kmMinahassa Peninsula, Sulawesi, IndonesiaGFZ

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
San Cristóbal (17503.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
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