Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Celebes Sea, 129 km northwest of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 8:49 am (GMT +8) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Celebes Sea, 129 km northwest of Gorontalo, Indonesia, on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 8:49 am (GMT +8)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 56 km depth

15 Sep 00:57 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
15 Sep 01:00: Now using data updates from BMKG
15 Sep 01:05: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 23.0 to 88.0 km (from 14.3 to 55 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.1 km (2 mi) towards SE.
15 Sep 07:05: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 88.0 to 56.0 km (from 55 to 35 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 5.6 km (3.5 mi) towards NW.
Update Wed, 15 Sep 2021, 01:03
Significant magnitude 5.3 earthquake 127 km northwest of Gorontalo, Indonesia
5.3 quake 15 Sep 8:49 am (GMT +8)
5.3 quake 15 Sep 8:49 am (GMT +8)
Just 13 minutes ago, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Gorontalo, Indonesia. The tremor was recorded in the morning on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 8:49 am local time, at a shallow depth of 23 km below the surface.
The event was filed by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 5.0, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.3.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
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 Gorontalo (pop. 144,200) located 127 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Sep 15, 2021 00:49:49 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 8:49 am (GMT +8)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 56.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.29°N / 122.18°E (Celebes Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode: 1.29°S / 57.82°W
Nearest volcano: Una Una (173 km / 107 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
129 km (80 mi) NW of Gorontalo (pop: 144,200) --> See nearby quakes!
258 km (161 mi) NNW of Luwuk (pop: 47,800) --> See nearby quakes!
292 km (181 mi) W of Tomohon (pop: 27,600) --> See nearby quakes!
298 km (185 mi) W of Manado (pop: 451,900) --> See nearby quakes!
304 km (189 mi) W of Tondano (Kabupaten Minahasa) (pop: 33,300) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) W of Bitung (pop: 137,400) --> See nearby quakes!
338 km (210 mi) NNE of Poso (pop: 47,100) --> See nearby quakes!
355 km (220 mi) NE of Palu (pop: 282,400) --> See nearby quakes!
574 km (357 mi) NE of Mamuju (pop: 15,000) --> See nearby quakes!
596 km (370 mi) SE of Lahad Datu (Malaysia) (pop: 105,600) --> See nearby quakes!
435 km (270 mi) NNE of Sulawesi Island (pop: 18,455,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 27.5°C (81 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from ESE
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
5.256 kmIndonesia: Minahassa Peninsula, SulawesiBMKG
5.061 kmIndonesia: Minahassa Peninsula, SulawesiGFZ
5.210 kmIndonesia: Near ManadoRENASS
5.262 km124 Km WNW of Gorontalo, IndonesiaUSGS
5.258 kmIndonesia: Minahassa Peninsula, SulawesiGeoAu

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