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In the night of Thursday February 8th, 2024, a shallow and significant MAG-5.2 earthquake hit in the Seram Sea 294 kilometer from Ambon, Indonesia.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Seram Sea, right off the coast of Indonesia (6 mi offshore), 294 kilometer east of Ambon 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: Feb 8, 2024 04:33 (Jayapura Time)
- Feb 7, 2024 19:33 Universal Time.
Location: 294 km east of Ambon, Maluku, Indonesia.
Coordinates 3°19'22"S 130°48'10"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.2
Detected by 18 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.073 .
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 . Located 209 kilometer (130 mi) east of the epicenter of this earthquake, Amahai (Maluku, Indonesia) is the nearest significant population center.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
209 km (130 mi)
W from epicenter
Amahai

Maluku, Indonesia.
276 km (171 mi)
N from epicenter
Sorong

West Papua, Indonesia.
294 km (183 mi)
W from epicenter
Ambon

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

7 Aftershocks detected

This main shock was followed by 7 smaller aftershocks. Just 14 hrs after this main shock, an earthquake measuring MAG-4 was detected 18 km (11 mi) north-northeast of this earthquake.

In the days before this main shock, 1 smaller foreshock was detected. A 3.5 magnitude earthquake hit 2 days earlier nearby.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.5 2 days earlier
Feb 6, 2024 00:49 (Jayapura Time)
39 km (24 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.2 Feb 8, 2024 04:33
(Jayapura Time)
-
Aftershock M 3.7 8 mins later
Feb 8, 2024 04:41 (Jayapura Time)
33 km (20 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.9 20 mins later
Feb 8, 2024 04:53 (Jayapura Time)
18 km (11 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.7 28 mins later
Feb 8, 2024 05:01 (Jayapura Time)
13 km (8 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.4 1 hr later
Feb 8, 2024 05:42 (Jayapura Time)
12 km (7 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.5 4 hrs later
Feb 8, 2024 08:41 (Jayapura Time)
17 km (11 mi)
N from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 3.2 12 hrs later
Feb 8, 2024 16:56 (Jayapura Time)
18 km (11 mi)
NNW from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.0 14 hrs later
Feb 8, 2024 18:04 (Jayapura Time)
18 km (11 mi)
NNE 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.

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 November 11th, 2023, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 275 km (171 mi) further south-southwest. An even stronger magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck on December 9th, 2015.

In total, 35 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.2 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 3 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 5.2. 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 02/03/24 22:48 (). 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 us7000lxlh
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240207_0000236
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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