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In the night of Thursday November 9th, 2023, a shallow and significant MAG-5.3 aftershock hit in the Banda Sea 279 kilometer from Amahai, Indonesia.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Banda Sea, 190 kilometers (118 mi) off the coast of Indonesia, 279 kilometer south-southeast of Amahai in Maluku. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Nov 9, 2023 02:25 (Jayapura Time)
- Nov 8, 2023 17:25 Universal Time.
Location: 279 km SSE of Amahai, Maluku, Indonesia.
Coordinates 5°28'43"S 130°14'11"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.3
Detected by 21 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.068 .
Depth: 10 km (6 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Low tsunami risk
Earthquakes under MAG-6.5 do not usually cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Indonesia . Tual in Maluku, Indonesia is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 279 kilometer (173 mi) west of Tual.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
279 km (173 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Amahai

Maluku, Indonesia.
279 km (173 mi)
E from epicenter
Tual

Maluku, Indonesia.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

This is likely an aftershock

This earthquake is likely an aftershock of the MAG-6.7 earthquake that struck 4 hrs earlier. That main earthquake hit 83 km (51 mi) south-southwest of the epicenter of this MAG-5.3 aftershock.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 4.5 2 days earlier
Nov 6, 2023 14:38 (Jayapura Time)
43 km (26 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 6.7 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 13:52 (Jayapura Time)
38 km (23 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 7.1 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 13:53 (Jayapura Time)
48 km (30 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 7.1 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 13:53 (Jayapura Time)
39 km (24 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.3 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:06 (Jayapura Time)
47 km (29 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.5 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:10 (Jayapura Time)
34 km (21 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.3 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:17 (Jayapura Time)
58 km (36 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:26 (Jayapura Time)
43 km (27 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 8 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:28 (Jayapura Time)
26 km (16 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 5.2 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:42 (Jayapura Time)
7 km (4 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 5.1 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:42 (Jayapura Time)
16 km (10 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.6 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 14:56 (Jayapura Time)
19 km (12 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:05 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (11 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 5.1 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:06 (Jayapura Time)
26 km (16 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.2 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:20 (Jayapura Time)
22 km (14 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.2 7 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:20 (Jayapura Time)
74 km (46 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 6 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:35 (Jayapura Time)
41 km (25 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.2 6 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:39 (Jayapura Time)
57 km (35 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.6 6 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 15:57 (Jayapura Time)
53 km (33 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.5 5 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 16:59 (Jayapura Time)
47 km (29 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.5 4 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 18:03 (Jayapura Time)
6 km (4 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.6 3 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 18:33 (Jayapura Time)
39 km (24 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.3 3 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 18:49 (Jayapura Time)
49 km (30 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.5 3 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 19:31 (Jayapura Time)
64 km (39 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.7 2 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 19:43 (Jayapura Time)
45 km (28 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 4.1 2 hrs earlier
Nov 8, 2023 20:18 (Jayapura Time)
15 km (9 mi)
W from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.4 1 hr earlier
Nov 8, 2023 20:37 (Jayapura Time)
46 km (28 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Foreshock M 3.5 13 mins earlier
Nov 8, 2023 21:48 (Jayapura Time)
25 km (16 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Main Shock M 6.7 Nov 8, 2023 22:02
(Jayapura Time)
-
Aftershock M 4.6 36 mins later
Nov 8, 2023 22:37 (Jayapura Time)
25 km (16 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 1 hr later
Nov 8, 2023 23:10 (Jayapura Time)
25 km (16 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 1 hr later
Nov 8, 2023 23:15 (Jayapura Time)
12 km (8 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 1 hr later
Nov 8, 2023 23:18 (Jayapura Time)
19 km (12 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 23:32 (Jayapura Time)
12 km (8 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 2 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 23:47 (Jayapura Time)
14 km (9 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 2 hrs later
Nov 8, 2023 23:58 (Jayapura Time)
14 km (9 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:05 (Jayapura Time)
97 km (60 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:05 (Jayapura Time)
20 km (12 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 2 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:21 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (11 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 3 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:35 (Jayapura Time)
14 km (9 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 3 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:50 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (3 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.9 3 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:52 (Jayapura Time)
27 km (17 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 3 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 00:52 (Jayapura Time)
61 km (38 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 3 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 01:12 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (2.8 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 4 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 01:35 (Jayapura Time)
9 km (6 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 4 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 01:47 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (10 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 4 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 01:55 (Jayapura Time)
21 km (13 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.9 4 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 02:08 (Jayapura Time)
85 km (53 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 4 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 02:19 (Jayapura Time)
35 km (21 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock
This Earthquake
M 5.3 4 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 02:25 (Jayapura Time)
83 km (51 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 5 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 02:40 (Jayapura Time)
80 km (50 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 5 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 03:22 (Jayapura Time)
11 km (7 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 5 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 03:26 (Jayapura Time)
22 km (13 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 6 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 04:13 (Jayapura Time)
7 km (4 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 7 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 04:37 (Jayapura Time)
16 km (10 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 7 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 04:46 (Jayapura Time)
81 km (50 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 8 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 06:01 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (2.9 mi)
WNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 9 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 07:31 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (2.8 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 11 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 08:58 (Jayapura Time)
16 km (10 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 13 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 11:03 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (3 mi)
SSE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 14 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 11:53 (Jayapura Time)
81 km (50 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 14 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 12:01 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (3 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 19 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 16:36 (Jayapura Time)
55 km (34 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 19 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 17:28 (Jayapura Time)
32 km (20 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 20 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 17:36 (Jayapura Time)
7 km (5 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 20 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 17:36 (Jayapura Time)
31 km (19 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.1 20 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 18:14 (Jayapura Time)
75 km (47 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 21 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 19:02 (Jayapura Time)
16 km (10 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 21 hrs later
Nov 9, 2023 19:12 (Jayapura Time)
43 km (27 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 1 day later
Nov 9, 2023 22:31 (Jayapura Time)
8 km (5 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 1 day later
Nov 9, 2023 23:15 (Jayapura Time)
96 km (60 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 00:18 (Jayapura Time)
37 km (23 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.7 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 00:36 (Jayapura Time)
42 km (26 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 01:01 (Jayapura Time)
30 km (19 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 03:09 (Jayapura Time)
35 km (22 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 06:26 (Jayapura Time)
16 km (10 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 09:56 (Jayapura Time)
55 km (34 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 1 day later
Nov 10, 2023 09:57 (Jayapura Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 10:13 (Jayapura Time)
64 km (39 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 11:07 (Jayapura Time)
70 km (43 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 12:10 (Jayapura Time)
51 km (32 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 12:47 (Jayapura Time)
54 km (33 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 12:48 (Jayapura Time)
22 km (13 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.9 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 12:50 (Jayapura Time)
40 km (25 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 13:30 (Jayapura Time)
39 km (24 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 14:06 (Jayapura Time)
41 km (26 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 14:11 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (11 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 17:11 (Jayapura Time)
34 km (21 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 17:25 (Jayapura Time)
9 km (6 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 17:29 (Jayapura Time)
22 km (14 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 17:31 (Jayapura Time)
8 km (5 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 17:49 (Jayapura Time)
9 km (5 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.8 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 19:18 (Jayapura Time)
27 km (17 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 20:12 (Jayapura Time)
54 km (33 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 21:42 (Jayapura Time)
35 km (22 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 21:51 (Jayapura Time)
32 km (20 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 2 days later
Nov 10, 2023 22:15 (Jayapura Time)
27 km (17 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 03:56 (Jayapura Time)
10 km (6 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.4 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 04:53 (Jayapura Time)
24 km (15 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 6.1 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 05:45 (Jayapura Time)
21 km (13 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:01 (Jayapura Time)
29 km (18 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.0 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:05 (Jayapura Time)
8 km (5 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.9 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:08 (Jayapura Time)
44 km (27 mi)
ESE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.3 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:13 (Jayapura Time)
27 km (17 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.6 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:20 (Jayapura Time)
29 km (18 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.6 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:32 (Jayapura Time)
30 km (19 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:44 (Jayapura Time)
11 km (7 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:49 (Jayapura Time)
29 km (18 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 06:56 (Jayapura Time)
5 km (2.8 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.9 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 07:19 (Jayapura Time)
15 km (9 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 08:13 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (10 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.2 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 08:13 (Jayapura Time)
21 km (13 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 08:29 (Jayapura Time)
23 km (15 mi)
E from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.5 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 08:38 (Jayapura Time)
21 km (13 mi)
SE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 08:38 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (10 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 09:26 (Jayapura Time)
41 km (26 mi)
NE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 2 days later
Nov 11, 2023 09:29 (Jayapura Time)
87 km (54 mi)
SW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 5.7 3 days later
Nov 11, 2023 15:41 (Jayapura Time)
57 km (35 mi)
NNE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.1 3 days later
Nov 11, 2023 18:56 (Jayapura Time)
24 km (15 mi)
ENE from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.6 3 days later
Nov 12, 2023 00:02 (Jayapura Time)
87 km (54 mi)
SSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 3 days later
Nov 12, 2023 01:28 (Jayapura Time)
12 km (7 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.8 3 days later
Nov 12, 2023 02:13 (Jayapura Time)
29 km (18 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Aftershocks are usually at least 1 order of magnitude less strong than main shocks. The more time passes, the smaller the chance and likely strength of any potential aftershocks.

The chance that a significant earthquake like this one is followed by an even larger earthquake is not so large. On average, scientists estimate a 94% chance that a major earthquake will not be followed by an even larger one. It is still adviced to be aware of this risk

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. In total, 91 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.3 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every month.

Low tsunami risk

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

Based on early data it appears this earthquake was not strong enough (lower than MAG-6.5) to be likely to cause destructive tsunami's. However this earthquake appeared to have hit at a shallow depth under sea, so stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck under the sea. Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.3. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 10 km (6 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 09/12/23 01:48 (). This article is automatically generated based on available data. We keep checking multiple sources for additional information. This article gets updated as new details on this earthquake become available.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000l9nq
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20231108_0000236
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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