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Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Ceram Sea, 117 km northeast of Amahai, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 7:26 am (GMT +9) -

Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Ceram Sea, 117 km northeast of Amahai, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 7:26 am (GMT +9) Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - Ceram Sea, 117 km northeast of Amahai, Maluku, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 7:26 am (GMT +9)

Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

28 Nov 22:35 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
28 Nov 22:45: Now using data updates from USGS
28 Nov 22:47: Now using data updates from BMKG
Update Mon, 28 Nov 2022, 22:51

Significant magnitude 5.2 earthquake 117 km northeast of Amahai, Indonesia

5.2 quake 29 Nov 7:26 am (GMT +9)
5.2 quake 29 Nov 7:26 am (GMT +9)
Indonesia was shaken near Amahai, Maluku, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 only 24 minutes ago, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Amahai, Maluku, Indonesia, in the morning on Tuesday, November 29th, 2022, at 7:26 am local time. 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.
A second report was later issued by the United States Geological Survey, 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 4.7, France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) at magnitude 5.1, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.1, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.1.
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 Amahai (pop. 47,700) located 117 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 & timeNov 28, 2022 22:26:42 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Nov 29, 2022 at 7:26 am (GMT +9)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude2.83°S / 129.84°E (Ceram Sea, Indonesia)
Antipode2.83°N / 50.16°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceBMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Nearest volcanoBanda Api (189 km / 117 mi)
Nearby towns and cities117 km (73 mi) ENE of Amahai (pop: 47,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
208 km (129 mi) ENE of Ambon City (pop: 355,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
268 km (167 mi) SW of Sorong (pop: 125,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
326 km (202 mi) WNW of Mas (pop: 320) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
449 km (279 mi) NW of Tual (pop: 39,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
471 km (293 mi) SSE of Sofifi (Kota Tidore Kepulauan) (pop: 36,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
205 km (128 mi) ENE of Ambon Island (pop: 501,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 28°C (82 F), humidity: 77%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from W
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
5.210 kmIndonesia: Di Laut 16 Km Utara KobisontaBMKG
5.110 kmSeram, IndonesiaRaspberryShake
5.110 kmIndonesia: Near ManadoRENASS
5.126 kmSeram, IndonesiaGFZ
5.110 km106 Km ENE of Amahai, IndonesiaUSGS
5.110 kmSeram, IndonesiaIRIS
5.124 kmSeram, IndonesiaGeoAu


Seismic station: Davao, Philippines (DAV/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1198 km / 744 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Davao, Philippines: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Dec 27, 2022 08:15
5 weeks ago

10 km
97 km NE of Amahai, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Dec 6, 2022 11:47
8 weeks ago

10 km
Ceram Sea, 117 km NE of Amahai, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Dec 6, 2022 11:26
8 weeks ago

20 km
Ceram Sea, IndonesiaMore
Dec 5, 2022 09:23
8 weeks ago

10 km
107 km NE of Amahai, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Nov 29, 2022 12:22
9 weeks ago

10 km
Ceram Sea, 136 km NE of Amahai, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Nov 29, 2022 09:58
9 weeks ago

12 km
108 km NE of Amahai, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Nov 29, 2022 06:51
9 weeks ago

10 km
109 Km ENE of Amahai, IndonesiaMore
Nov 28, 2022 23:14
9 weeks ago

10 km
Ceram Sea, 122 km NE of Amahai, Maluku, IndonesiaMore
Nov 28, 2022 22:54
9 weeks ago

10 km
Ceram Sea, IndonesiaMore

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