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A shallow and significant M5.1 earthquake struck in the Bali Sea 25 kilometer from Mataram, Indonesia in the late afternoon of Tuesday May 14th, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Bali Sea, right off the coast of Indonesia (9 mi offshore), 25 kilometer northwest of Mataram in West Nusa Tenggara. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 28 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: May 14, 2024 16:11 (Makassar Time)
- May 14, 2024 08:11 Universal Time.
Location: 25 km NW of Mataram, West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
Coordinates 8°24'20"S 115°58'19"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 48 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.083 .
Depth: 28 km (18 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 25 kilometer (16 mi) northwest of the epicenter of this earthquake, Mataram (West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia) is the nearest significant population center.

Multiple large cities are in proximity of today's earthquake. Mataram is located 25 km to the south-east. Denpasar is located 87 km to the west-southwest. Situbondo is located 230 km to the west-northwest.

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

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
25 km (16 mi)
SE from epicenter
Mataram

West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
39 km (24 mi)
W from epicenter
Amlapura

Bali, Indonesia.
41 km (25 mi)
W from epicenter
Amlapura city

Bali, Indonesia.
42 km (26 mi)
W from epicenter
Bedugul

Bali, Indonesia.
47 km (29 mi)
SE from epicenter
Praya

West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
64 km (40 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Klungkung

Bali, Indonesia.
79 km (49 mi)
W from epicenter
Ubud

Bali, Indonesia.
87 km (54 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Denpasar

Bali, Indonesia.
94 km (58 mi)
W from epicenter
Tabanan

Bali, Indonesia.
95 km (59 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Kuta

Bali, Indonesia.
103 km (64 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Singaraja

Bali, Indonesia.
113 km (70 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Banjar

Bali, Indonesia.
116 km (72 mi)
W from epicenter
Seririt

Bali, Indonesia.
149 km (93 mi)
W from epicenter
Negara

Bali, Indonesia.
160 km (99 mi)
E from epicenter
Sumbawa Besar

West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
179 km (111 mi)
W from epicenter
Banyuwangi

East Java, Indonesia.
179 km (111 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Wongsorejo

East Java, Indonesia.
180 km (112 mi)
W from epicenter
Muncar

East Java, Indonesia.
188 km (117 mi)
W from epicenter
Srono

East Java, Indonesia.
192 km (119 mi)
W from epicenter
Singojuruh

East Java, Indonesia.
200 km (124 mi)
W from epicenter
Genteng

East Java, Indonesia.
201 km (125 mi)
W from epicenter
Gambiran Satu

East Java, Indonesia.
220 km (137 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Panji

East Java, Indonesia.
230 km (143 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Situbondo

East Java, Indonesia.
238 km (148 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Balung

East Java, Indonesia.
239 km (149 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Panarukan

East Java, Indonesia.
243 km (151 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Bondowoso

East Java, Indonesia.
251 km (156 mi)
W from epicenter
Jember

East Java, Indonesia.
261 km (162 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Besuki

East Java, Indonesia.
269 km (167 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Kalianget

East Java, Indonesia.
274 km (170 mi)
E from epicenter
Dompu

West Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia.
280 km (174 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Sumenep

East Java, Indonesia.
287 km (178 mi)
W from epicenter
Kencong

East Java, Indonesia.
293 km (182 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Kraksaan

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

Shaking reported by 32 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 32 people have reported shaking in 6 places, all within Indonesia.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Mataram, Nusa Tenggara Barat, Indonesia: 15 people.
  • Karangasem, Bali, Indonesia: 5 people.
  • Ubud, Bali, Indonesia: 5 people.
  • Klungkung, Bali, Indonesia: 3 people.
  • Kuta, Bali, Indonesia: 3 people.
  • Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia: 1 person.

Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 1 smaller aftershock occurred. At a distance of 31 km (19 mi) south-southeast of this earthquake, an aftershock struck 3 days later. It measured a magnitude of 2.7

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.1 May 14, 2024 16:11
(Makassar Time)
-
Aftershock M 2.7 3 days later
May 17, 2024 12:45 (Makassar Time)
31 km (19 mi)
SSE 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.

In only six percent of cases, significant earthquakes are followed by a larger main shock, making the current earthquake a foreshock. While the chance of this happening is not so large, it is adviced to maintain cautiousness in the hours and days following a major 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 September 9th, 2023, when a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit 187 km (116 mi) further north-northeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.1 earthquake struck on August 28th, 2023.

In total, 43 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 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 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 28 km (18 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 29/05/24 10:08 (). 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 us6000mygm
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240514_0000074
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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