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Magnitude 6.8 EQ Strikes BANDA SEA

Posted by feww on August 28, 2009

Powerful Earthquake measuring 6.8Mw strikes Banda Sea

Magnitude 6.8 underwater earthquake struck Banda Sea about 200km SSE of Baubau, Sulawesi, Indonesia, at a depth of 633.2 km, on Friday, August 28, 2009 at 01:51 UTC, USGS/EHP reported.

10-degree Map Centered at 5°S,125°E

Banda Sea Ind
Earthquake Location Map. Original map: USGS EHP. Image upgraded by FEWW.

Details of this Earthquake

  • Magnitude: 6.8
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, August 28, 2009 at 01:51:19 UTC
  • Location: 7.117°S, 123.444°E
  • Depth: 633.2 km
  • Region:  BANDA SEA
  • Distances
    • 200 km (125 miles) SSE of Baubau, Sulawesi, Indonesia
    • 275 km (170 miles) NE of Ende, Flores, Indonesia
    • 1005 km (620 miles) NW of DARWIN, Northern Territory, Australia
    • 1845 km (1150 miles) E of JAKARTA, Java, Indonesia
  • Location Uncertainty:  horizontal +/- 7.3 km (4.5 miles); depth +/- 13.1 km (8.1 miles)
  • Parameters: NST= 69, Nph= 69, Dmin=470.3 km, Rmss=0.97 sec, Gp= 40°, M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=7
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2009kwae

The earthquake occurred about 76km north of  Batu Tara Volcano, located on the tiny Island of  Pulau Komba in the Banda Sea.

Historic Seismicity (Mag 7+ since 1900)

Banda Sea Ind SeisHis 1900
Major Tectonic Boundaries: Subduction Zones -purple, Ridges -red and Transform Faults -green

Tsunami Report:

There was NO tsunami reported, possibly because the quake occurred at a depth  of more than 633km.

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2 Responses to “Magnitude 6.8 EQ Strikes BANDA SEA”

  1. feww said

    Major Ecological Disaster Underway in Timor Sea

  2. feww said

    GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin
    Region: Banda Sea
    Time: 2009-09-04 07:07:31.8 UTC
    Magnitude: 5.6
    Epicenter: 130.92°E 6.22°S
    Depth: 113 km

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