Indonesia – Moderately dangerous shallow M 5.4 earthquake a few km from Labuha (Pulau Bacan)

Courtesy Panoramia picture from Merky Bolung

Earthquake Report comment :
Dangerous shallow earthquake with an epicenter under Pulau Bacan, an island with 3 volcanoes.
Labuha is  a port town is only a few kilometers away from the epicenter (if confirmed ).
If the epicenter will be confirmed, Labuha will be at risk.  Although we have no exact number of the Labuha population, the satellite image gives a clue it must be at least several thousand.
The earthquake hit at 2:34 AM in the morning.

Wikipedia information on Labuha
Labuha is a small port town on the eastern Indonesian island of Pulau Bacan. It is the capital of the South Halmahera Regency, part of the province of North Maluku. The town is served by Labuha Airport.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.4
Monday, September 06, 2010 at 02:34:18 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 35 km
Geo-location(s) :
4 km from Labuga, Pulau Bacan
155 km (95 miles) S of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

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