Indonesia– M 6.3 – Heavy earthquake in Molucca Sea

Earthquake Report comment :
Although this is a heavy earthquake, the depth (hypocenter) of 87 km km would soften the effects. The depth has afterwards been reacalculated as 43 km (more dangerous).
There are NO people living in an area of 100 km around the epicenter.
There are 1795278 people living within a radius of 200 km.
GDACS has issued a GREEN earthquake alert = probably NOT dangerous
NOAA issued a safe message for the Pacific, but is not excluding that such a Magnitude could trigger a limited rather small local tsunami.
First aftershocks happen minutes after the first heavy shock.
Earthquake has been felt as Light Shaking in Manado (177 km from the epicenter)
This area is rich with earthquakes, some of them very powerful.

Data updated at 13:02 UTC

Pacific Tsunami Risk : NONE (read message)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Tuesday, August 03, 2010 at 08:08:27 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 43 km
Geo-location(s) :
Epicenter is only 10 km from Pulau Mayu, an uninhabited island belonging to the province of Moluccas
135 km (71 miles) WNW (287°) from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
160 km (110 miles) ESE (104°) from Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia
374 km (232 miles) E (81°) from Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
USGS Shaking Map (only light to weak shaking expected)
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
Report of the Indonesian Seismological Institute (Indonesian)

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