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Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Great Sandy Desert, NT, Australia, on Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:27 pm (GMT +9:30) -

Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Great Sandy Desert, NT, Australia, on Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:27 pm (GMT +9:30) Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Great Sandy Desert, NT, Australia, on Friday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:27 pm (GMT +9:30)

Moderate magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

12 Mar 14:13 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 16 minutes.
12 Mar 14:17: Epicenter location corrected by 6.2 km (3.8 mi) towards W.
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14 Mar 23:50: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 4.2. Epicenter location corrected by 10.6 km (6.6 mi) towards NE.
Update Fri, 12 Mar 2021, 14:18
Moderate magnitude 4.7 earthquake 58 miles north of Kintore, Northern Territory, Australia
4.7 quake 12 Mar 11:27 pm (GMT +9:30)
4.7 quake 12 Mar 11:27 pm (GMT +9:30)
A shallow magnitude 4.7 earthquake was reported late at night near Kintore, MacDonnell, Northern Territory, Australia.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Friday 12 March 2021 at 10:57 pm local time at a shallow depth of 6.2 miles. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 Kintore (pop. 410) located 58 miles from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 12, 2021 13:57:43 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 12, 2021 at 11:27 pm (GMT +9:30)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.2
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude22.303°S / 129.447°E (Australia)
Antipode22.303°N / 50.553°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGeoAu (Geoscience Australia )
Nearby towns and cities108 km (67 mi) N of Kintore (Northern Territory) (pop: 409) --> See nearby quakes!
241 km (150 mi) W of Yuendumu (Northern Territory) (pop: 704) --> See nearby quakes!
260 km (161 mi) S of Tanami (Northern Territory) (pop: 517) --> See nearby quakes!
272 km (169 mi) WNW of Papunya (Northern Territory) (pop: 377) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) NW of Petermann (Northern Territory) (pop: 522) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 27.8°C (82 F), humidity: 57%, wind: 2 m/s (5 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.210 kmGreat Sandy Desert, NT, AustraliaGeoAu
4.710 kmNorthern Territory, AustraliaGFZ
5.110 kmNorthern Territory, AustraliaBMKG
4.410 kmNorthern Territory, AustraliaUSGS
4.410 kmNORTHERN TERRITORY, AUSTRALIAEMSC

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