Series of Strong Earthquakes Hit Tobelo, North Halmahera



Petir Garda Bhwana

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    TEMPO.CO, JakartaA series of land and shallow earthquakes struck off North Halmahera, North Maluku today morning, Jan. 10, at a magnitude of 5.2 and 5.5, respectively.

    The Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency or BMKG reported that the first quake occurred at 4:27 Western Indonesian Time (WIB) or 6:27 local time and the second occurred 32 minutes later. The tremor was felt strong up to an intensity of VI Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) in Tobelo and several other areas, such as Sofifi and Galela.

    In the 5.2-magnitude quake, the intensity of the shaking in West Halmahera was recorded the same.

    The epicenter of the first and second quakes was on land, at four kilometers to the southwest and five kilometers to the northwest of North Halmahera. Their depths were found the same at 10 kilometers.

    On Saturday and Sunday, earthquakes also rocked North Halmahera. On Saturday afternoon's quake, BMKG recorded its strength at 5,1 M with the strongest tremor was felt in Tobelo, Jailolo, Ternate, and Weda at III MMI scale. In the early hours of Sunday’s quake measuring at 4.5 magnitudes, the strongest tremor was felt in Tobelo at the MMI III scale.

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