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In the Indian Ocean 133 kilometer from Padang, Indonesia, a significant MAG-5.3 earthquake occurred in the morning of Monday February 5th, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Indian Ocean, 42 kilometers (26 mi) off the coast of Indonesia, 133 kilometer south of Padang in West Sumatra. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 53 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Feb 5, 2024 07:52 (Jakarta Time)
- Feb 5, 2024 00:52 Universal Time.
Location: 133 km south of Padang, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
Coordinates 2°8'25"S 100°27'24"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.3
Detected by 84 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.063 .
Depth: 53 km (33 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 . Located 104 kilometer (65 mi) west of the epicenter of this earthquake, Sungai Penuh (Jambi, Indonesia) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Padang is located 133 km to the north. Bengkulu is located 273 km to the south-east. Lubuklinggau is located 296 km to the east-southeast.

A complete list of nearby places is included below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
104 km (65 mi)
E from epicenter
Sungai Penuh

Jambi, Indonesia.
133 km (83 mi)
N from epicenter
Padang

West Sumatra, Indonesia.
151 km (94 mi)
N from epicenter
Solok

West Sumatra, Indonesia.
170 km (106 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Sijunjung

West Sumatra, Indonesia.
173 km (107 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Pariaman

West Sumatra, Indonesia.
204 km (127 mi)
N from epicenter
Bukittinggi

West Sumatra, Indonesia.
215 km (134 mi)
N from epicenter
Payakumbuh

West Sumatra, Indonesia.
273 km (170 mi)
SE from epicenter
Bengkulu

Bengkulu, Indonesia.
273 km (170 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Curup

Bengkulu, Indonesia.
296 km (184 mi)
ESE from epicenter
Lubuklinggau

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

Risk of aftershocks?

We monitor for foreshocks or aftershocks that have a magnitude of 2.5+ and occur within 100km (62 mi) of the epicenter of this earthquake. So far no such earthquakes have been detected.

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

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 June 20th, 2023, when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit 244 km (151 mi) further west-northwest. An even stronger magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on April 24th, 2023.

In total, 54 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 2 months.

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 53 km (33 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 03/03/24 04:08 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000lx01
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240205_0000006
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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