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In the late afternoon of Saturday February 3rd, 2024, a significant MAG-5.0 earthquake hit in the Maluku Sea 256 kilometer from Manado, Indonesia.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Maluku Sea, 94 kilometers (59 mi) off the coast of Indonesia, 256 kilometer east-northeast of Manado in North Sulawesi. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 36 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Feb 3, 2024 17:25 (Jayapura Time)
- Feb 3, 2024 08:25 Universal Time.
Location: 256 km ENE of Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Coordinates 2°22'44"N 126°58'22"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.0
Detected by 12 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.089 .
Depth: 36 km (22 mi)
A quite 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 . The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Ternate in North Maluku, Indonesia. Ternate is located 182 kilometer (113 mi) north-northwest of the epicenter.

The table below provides an overview of all places in proximity of today's earthquake.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
182 km (113 mi)
SSE from epicenter

North Maluku, Indonesia.
194 km (121 mi)
SSE from epicenter

North Maluku, Indonesia.
256 km (159 mi)
WSW from epicenter

North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
258 km (160 mi)
WSW from epicenter

North Sulawesi, Indonesia.
268 km (167 mi)
WSW from epicenter

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

Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 1 smaller aftershock occurred. At a distance of 18 km (11 mi) west-southwest of this earthquake, an aftershock struck 2 days later. It measured a magnitude of 4.6

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.0 Feb 3, 2024 17:25
(Jayapura Time)
Aftershock M 4.6 2 days later
Feb 5, 2024 16:51 (Jayapura Time)
18 km (11 mi)
WSW 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?

The risk of aftershocks decreases rapidly over time. Usually, aftershocks are at least one order of magnitude lower than a main shock.

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. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since January 30th, 2024, when a 5 magnitude earthquake hit 77 km (48 mi) further southwest. An even stronger magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on November 14th, 2019.

In total, 435 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 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 8 days.

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. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 36 km (22 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.


Last updated 03/03/24 02:38 (). 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 us7000lwpf
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240203_0000136
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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