Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - 82 km south of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:08 pm (GMT +8) -

Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - 82 km south of Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, on Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:08 pm (GMT +8)

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

2 May 09:15 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 7 minutes.
2 May 09:20: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 4.6. Epicenter location corrected by 4.7 km (2.9 mi) towards SW.
Update Sun, 2 May 2021, 09:21
Magnitude 4.6 earthquake strikes near Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia
4.6 quake 2 May 5:08 pm (GMT +8)
4.6 quake 2 May 5:08 pm (GMT +8)
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake near Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, was reported only 13 minutes ago by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in Indonesia. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Sunday 2 May 2021 at 5:08 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 4.8 earthquake.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Poso (pop. 47,100) located 77 km from the epicenter, and Palu (pop. 282,400) 82 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: May 2, 2021 09:08:15 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, May 2, 2021 5:08 pm (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.61°S / 120.09°E (Central Sulawesi, Indonesia)
Antipode: 1.61°N / 59.91°W
Nearest volcano: Una Una (233 km / 145 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
77 km (48 mi) WSW of Poso (pop: 47,100) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) SSE of Palu (pop: 282,400) --> See nearby quakes!
153 km (95 mi) N of Rantepao (South Sulawesi) (pop: 40,400) --> See nearby quakes!
154 km (96 mi) N of Palopo (South Sulawesi) (pop: 129,300) --> See nearby quakes!
219 km (136 mi) NNE of Polewali (West Sulawesi) (pop: 58,200) --> See nearby quakes!
248 km (154 mi) NNE of Majene (West Sulawesi) (pop: 37,700) --> See nearby quakes!
272 km (169 mi) N of Parepare (South Sulawesi) (pop: 140,000) --> See nearby quakes!
280 km (174 mi) N of Sengkang (South Sulawesi) (pop: 59,500) --> See nearby quakes!
358 km (222 mi) E of City of Balikpapan (East Kalimantan) (pop: 700,000) --> See nearby quakes!
400 km (249 mi) N of Macassar (South Sulawesi) (pop: 1,321,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 16.9°C (62 F), humidity: 97%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from NE
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) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.610 kmSulawesi, IndonesiaBMKG

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