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Strong M6.3 earthquake hits Banda Sea at intermediate depth, Indonesia


A strong earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.3 hit Banda Sea, Indonesia at 13:27 UTC on December 1, 2018. The agency is reporting a depth of 140.6 km (87 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.3 at a depth of 135 km (84 miles). This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

The epicenter was located 130 km (81 miles) NE of Tiakur, Indonesia and 225 km (140 miles) ENE of Lospalos, East Timor.

There are about 2 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).

Some 107 000 people are estimated to have felt light shaking and 4 701 000 weak.

Tsunami is not expected.

The USGS issued a green alert for shaking-related fatalities. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.

Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building types are unreinforced brick with concrete floor and precast concrete frame with wall construction.


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Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

Selected cities exposed

Regional seismicity

Featured image credit: Google, USGS, EMSC, TW



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