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Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 183 km southwest of Padang, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on 3 May 12:46 am (GMT +7)

Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 183 km southwest of Padang, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on 3 May 12:46 am (GMT +7) Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 183 km southwest of Padang, Sumatra Barat, Indonesia, on 3 May 12:46 am (GMT +7)

Strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 34 km depth

2 May 17:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
2 May 17:55: Now using data updates from BMKG
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2 May 18:15: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 24.0 to 34.0 km (from 14.9 to 21 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.1 km (0.7 mi) towards W.
Update Sun, 2 May 2021, 17:57

Magnitude 5.4 earthquake strikes near Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia

5.4 quake 3 May 12:46 am (GMT +7)
5.4 quake 3 May 12:46 am (GMT +7)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.4 occurred only 10 minutes ago 116 km southwest of Padang, Indonesia, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia, after midnight on Monday 3 May 2021 at 12:46 am 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 5.6. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.5.
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 Padang (pop. 840,400) located 116 km from the epicenter.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 2, 2021 17:46:41 UTC
Local time at epicenter3 May 12:46 am (GMT +7)
Depth34.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude2.4°S / 99.58°E (Indian Ocean, Indonesia)
Antipode2.4°N / 80.42°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceBMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Nearest volcanoTalang (127 km / 79 mi)
Nearby towns and cities183 km (114 mi) SSW of Padang (pop: 840,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
205 km (127 mi) W of Sungai Penuh (pop: 95,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
207 km (129 mi) SSW of Pariaman (pop: 92,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
214 km (133 mi) SSW of Solok (pop: 48,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
245 km (152 mi) SW of Sijunjung (pop: 27,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
249 km (154 mi) SSW of Bukittinggi (pop: 98,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
270 km (168 mi) SSW of Payakumbuh (pop: 121,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
336 km (209 mi) WNW of Benkulu (pop: 309,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
385 km (239 mi) SSW of Pekanbaru (pop: 704,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
911 km (566 mi) WNW of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
379 km (236 mi) SW of Sumatra Island (pop: 50,365,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
448 km (279 mi) SSE of Nias Island (pop: 756,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 29.2°C (85 F), humidity: 70%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) | 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.
5.734 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaBMKG
5.627 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGFZ
5.510 kmNear Palembang, IndonesiaRENASS
5.521 km160 Km SSW of Padang, IndonesiaUSGS
5.631 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (2)

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Padang, WestSumatra (183.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I felt the swinging for about 2-3 seconds, like a bus or heavy vehicle passing by.. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Alor Setar, Kedah (952.5 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Jun 6, 2021 23:39
1 year 35 weeks ago

37 km
Indian Ocean, 169 km S of Padang, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore
May 25, 2021 07:57
1 year 37 weeks ago

18 km
Indian Ocean, 204 km SW of Padang, Sumatra Barat, IndonesiaMore

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