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Under land 147 kilometer from Jayapura in Indonesia, a significant M5.0 earthquake occurred in the morning of Friday June 21st, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Indonesia, 147 kilometer (91 mi) southwest of Jayapura in Papua. The center of this earthquake had an intermediate depth of 77 km.

Date and Time: Jun 21, 2024 09:11 (Jayapura Time)
- Jun 21, 2024 00:11 Universal Time.
Location: 147 km SW of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia.
Coordinates 3°33'31"S 139°52'52"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.0
Detected by 134 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.049 .
Depth: 77 km (48 mi)
An intermediate depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake, it appears to have occurred under land with a magnitude not strong enough to 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 Abepura in Papua, Indonesia. Abepura is located 136 kilometer (85 mi) southwest of the epicenter.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
136 km (85 mi)
NE from epicenter

Papua, Indonesia.
147 km (91 mi)
NE from epicenter

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

Aftershocks detected

This main shock was prefaced by 1 smaller foreshock. Roughly 1 day before this earthquake, a foreshock measuring MAG-3.9 was detected nearby this earthquake.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock M 3.9 1 day earlier
Jun 19, 2024 23:06 (Jayapura Time)
80 km (50 mi)
NW from Main Shock.
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.0 Jun 21, 2024 09:11
(Jayapura Time)
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.

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 7th, 2024, when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit 96 km (60 mi) further northwest. An even stronger magnitude 7 earthquake struck on July 27th, 2015.

In total, 145 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 25 days.

Tsunami very unlikely

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.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always 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 Not this earthquake.
This earthquake appears to have struck on land far from any coast.
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 77 km (48 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.


Last updated 18/07/24 02:18 (). 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 us7000mtpd
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240621_0000002
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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