Written by on . Last updated July 17th, 2024.

In the Indian Ocean 276 kilometer from Bandung, Indonesia, a shallow and significant MAG-5.2 earthquake occurred in the evening of Sunday June 30th, 2024. Another nearby country is Christmas Island.

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Earthquake Summary

This earthquake hit under water in the Indian Ocean, 195 kilometers (121 mi) off the coast of Indonesia, 276 kilometer south of Bandung in West Java. The center of this earthquake had a quite shallow depth of 25 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Jun 30, 2024 23:06 (Christmas Time)
- Jun 30, 2024 16:06 Universal Time.
Location: 276 km south of Bandung, West Java, Indonesia.
Coordinates 9°23'44"S 107°23'56"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.2
Detected by 55 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.077 .
Depth: 25 km (16 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

2 countries can be found within 300km of the epicenter of this earthquake: Christmas Island and Indonesia .

Flying Fish Cove in All regions, Christmas Island is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 220 kilometer (137 mi) east-northeast of Flying Fish Cove.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Bandung is located 276 km to the north. Cimahi is located 281 km to the north. Tasikmalaya is located 247 km to the north-northeast.

An overview of nearby towns and cities is available in the overview below.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
220 km (137 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Flying Fish Cove

All regions, Christmas Island.
240 km (149 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Singaparna

West Java, Indonesia.
241 km (150 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Kawalu

West Java, Indonesia.
245 km (152 mi)
N from epicenter
Banjar

West Java, Indonesia.
247 km (153 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Tasikmalaya

West Java, Indonesia.
253 km (157 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Ciamis

West Java, Indonesia.
255 km (158 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Wanaraja

West Java, Indonesia.
257 km (160 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Rajapolah

West Java, Indonesia.
258 km (160 mi)
N from epicenter
Paseh

West Java, Indonesia.
262 km (163 mi)
NE from epicenter
Sidareja

Central Java, Indonesia.
262 km (163 mi)
N from epicenter
Banjaran

West Java, Indonesia.
263 km (163 mi)
N from epicenter
Soreang

West Java, Indonesia.
265 km (165 mi)
N from epicenter
Pameungpeuk

West Java, Indonesia.
270 km (168 mi)
N from epicenter
Margahayukencana

West Java, Indonesia.
276 km (171 mi)
N from epicenter
Bandung

West Java, Indonesia.
276 km (171 mi)
N from epicenter
Cileunyi

West Java, Indonesia.
277 km (172 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Majenang

Central Java, Indonesia.
277 km (172 mi)
NE from epicenter
Wangon

Central Java, Indonesia.
280 km (174 mi)
N from epicenter
Sukabumi

West Java, Indonesia.
281 km (175 mi)
N from epicenter
Cimahi

West Java, Indonesia.
282 km (175 mi)
NE from epicenter
Kroya

Central Java, Indonesia.
284 km (176 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Pelabuhanratu

West Java, Indonesia.
285 km (177 mi)
N from epicenter
Padalarang

West Java, Indonesia.
287 km (178 mi)
N from epicenter
Ciranjang-hilir

West Java, Indonesia.
288 km (179 mi)
N from epicenter
Sumedang

West Java, Indonesia.
288 km (179 mi)
N from epicenter
Lembang

West Java, Indonesia.
289 km (180 mi)
N from epicenter
Sumedang Utara

West Java, Indonesia.
294 km (183 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Kuningan

West Java, Indonesia.
295 km (183 mi)
NE from epicenter
Banyumas

Central Java, Indonesia.
298 km (185 mi)
NE from epicenter
Purwokerto

Central Java, Indonesia.
299 km (186 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Cicurug

West Java, Indonesia.
299 km (186 mi)
NE from epicenter
Sokaraja

Central Java, Indonesia.
299 km (186 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Majalengka

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

Shaking reported by 1 person

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 1 person has reported shaking in one place in 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:

  • Cikeruh, Jawa Barat, Indonesia: 1 person.

2 Aftershocks detected

After this earthquake struck, 2 smaller aftershocks occurred. At a distance of 15 km (9 mi) south of this earthquake, an aftershock struck 5 hrs later. It measured a magnitude of 4.6

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Main Shock
This Earthquake
M 5.2 Jun 30, 2024 23:06
(Christmas Time)
-
Aftershock M 4.6 5 hrs later
Jul 1, 2024 03:52 (Christmas Time)
15 km (9 mi)
S from Main Shock.
Aftershock M 4.3 5 hrs later
Jul 1, 2024 03:52 (Christmas Time)
15 km (9 mi)
S 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 April 27th, 2024, when a 6.1 magnitude earthquake hit 155 km (96 mi) further north. An even stronger magnitude 6.5 earthquake struck on December 15th, 2017.

In total, 23 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 5 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 25 km (16 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 17/07/24 18:18 (). 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 us6000n9fs
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240630_0000226
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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