Magnitude 6.3 earthquake struck off Banda Sea

August 5th, 2008 - 1:45 pm ICT by Bupha Ravirot  

Quake magnitude 6.3 shook Banda Sea at Monday, August 04, at 20:45:12 UTC (Tuesday, 05:45:12 AM local time)

The epicenter of the earth quake is located at 5.901°S, 130.268°E at a depth of 158.2 km. The epicenter is 260 km NNW from Saumlaki, Tanimbar Islands, 340 km SE from Ambon, Moluccas of Indonesia, 730 km N from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia and 2595 km E from Jakarta, Java, Indonesia.

The Banda Sea is the sea of the South Moluccas in Indonesia, technically part of the Pacific Ocean but separated from it by hundreds of islands, as well as the Halmahera and Ceram Seas. It is about 1000 km east to west, and about 500 km north to south.

In Feb 1, 1938, Banda Sea earthquake occurred in the Banda Sea region and was the ninth largest earthquake in the 20th century. It registered a magnitude 8.5 on the Richter magnitude scale, and generated intensity VII tsunamis up to 1.5 metres, but no human lives appear to have been lost.

The 2005 Banda Sea earthquake was an earthquake that occurred in the Banda Sea region, approximately 500 km from East Timor. Residents of Darwin felt the impact, despite the epicenter being located approximately 140 km away. Reports vary about the strength, with early estimates ranging from 7.2 to 7.5 on the Richter scale. This earthquake, which occurred a few months after the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and its associated tsunami, sparked fears of another tsunami on the already ravaged coasts of Indonesia, however this did not happen.

The 2006 Banda Sea earthquake was an earthquake that occurred in the Banda Sea region. Reports vary about the strength, with early estimates ranging from 7.2 to 7.5 on the Richter scale but no human lives appear to have been lost.

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