Strong 5.9 magnitude earthquake at 10 km depth
Aug 14 02:50 UTC: First report: VolcanoDiscovery after 3 minutes.
Aug 14 02:54: Now uses data updates from GFZ
14 Aug 03:21: Now use data updates from BMKG
Updated Sunday 14 August 2022 03:06
Substantial 6.0 magnitude earthquake 141 km NE of Bitung, Indonesia
6.0 quake August 14 11:47 (GMT +9)
According to preliminary information, the quake was at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones because they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the quake could be revised in the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations or when other authorities release their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from France’s Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which gave the quake a magnitude of 5.9. Other agencies reporting the same quake are the European-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) with a magnitude of 5.9 and the RaspberryShake Citizen Seismograph Network with a magnitude of 6.0.
Generally, tremors of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency, and results can vary, with subsequent reports, arriving after the first, often being more accurate.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It shouldn’t have caused any significant damage aside from items falling off shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Bitung (population 137,400), 141 km from the epicenter, the earthquake is said to have been felt as a slight tremor.
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different authorities
Info: The more agencies reporting on the same quake and publishing similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It usually takes up to a few hours to calculate earthquake parameters with near-optimal accuracy.
|5.9||10km||Indonesia: Tue Laut 139 km Barat Laut Halmahera Barat||BMKG|
|5.7||31km||Indonesia: Northern Molucca Sea||raspberry shake|
|5.7||32km||INDONESIA: MOLUKCA SEA||rescue service|
|5.8||10km||Indonesia: Near Davao||RENASS|
|5.7||40km||Indonesia: Northern Molucca Sea||GFZ|
|5.7||31km||158 km ENE of Laikit, Laikit II (Dimembe), Indonesia||USGS|
|5.7||52km||Indonesia: Northern Molucca Sea||GeoAu|
Recorded aftershocks, newest first (2 tremors) (frequently updated so far)
|Aug 14, 2022 3:17 am
6 hours ago
|Molucca Sea, 182 km east of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia||More|
|Aug 14, 2022 3:05 am
6 hours ago
|Molucca Sea, 152 km east of Bitung, North Sulawesi, Indonesia||More|
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