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Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 121 km northwest of Benkulu, Bengkulu, Indonesia, on Thursday, Sep 8, 2022 at 1:09 am (GMT +7) -

Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 121 km northwest of Benkulu, Bengkulu, Indonesia, on Thursday, Sep 8, 2022 at 1:09 am (GMT +7) Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Indian Ocean, 121 km northwest of Benkulu, Bengkulu, Indonesia, on Thursday, Sep 8, 2022 at 1:09 am (GMT +7)

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 Sep 18:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
7 Sep 18:20: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 56.0 km (from 6.2 to 35 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.2 km (6.4 mi) towards NE.
7 Sep 18:30: Now using data updates from USGS
7 Sep 18:32: Now using data updates from BMKG
Update Wed, 7 Sep 2022, 18:24

Significant 5.3 quake hits near Benkulu, Bengkulu, Indonesia

5.3 quake 8 Sep 1:09 am (GMT +7)
5.3 quake 8 Sep 1:09 am (GMT +7)
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake near Benkulu, Bengkulu, Indonesia, was reported only 15 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a moderately shallow depth of 56 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Thursday, September 8th, 2022, at 1:09 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 citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.4.
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 Benkulu (pop. 309,700) located 122 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 & timeSep 7, 2022 18:09:35 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Sep 8, 2022 at 1:09 am (GMT +7)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude3.37°S / 101.26°E (Indian Ocean, Indonesia)
Antipode3.37°N / 78.74°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceBMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Nearest volcanoSumbing (118 km / 73 mi)
Nearby towns and cities121 km (75 mi) WNW of Benkulu (pop: 309,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
140 km (87 mi) W of Churup (pop: 46,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
147 km (91 mi) S of Sungai Penuh (pop: 95,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
178 km (111 mi) W of Lubuklinggau (pop: 148,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
232 km (144 mi) WNW of Pagar Alam (pop: 70,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
287 km (179 mi) SSE of Padang (pop: 840,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
390 km (243 mi) W of Palembang (pop: 1,441,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
695 km (432 mi) WNW of Jakarta (pop: 8,540,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
384 km (238 mi) SSW of Sumatra Island (pop: 50,365,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 26.5°C (80 F), humidity: 79%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from NNW
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 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.
5.610 kmIndonesia: Di Laut 89 Km Tenggara MukomukoBMKG
5.649 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaRaspberryShake
5.710 kmIndonesia: Near PalembangRENASS
5.449 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGFZ
5.520 kmSouthern Sumatera, Indonesia [Sea: Indonesia]INGV
5.649 km110 Km NW of Bengkulu, IndonesiaUSGS
5.455 kmSouthern Sumatra, IndonesiaGeoAu

User reports for this quake (1)

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Rejang Lebong / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Quake key and door | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  


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