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Magnitude 7.5 MOLUCCA SEA

Sunday, January 21, 2007 at 11:27:45 UTC

News Release

The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred 130 km (80 miles) WNW of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia 165 km (100 miles) E of Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia at 5:27 AM MDT, Jan 21, 2007 (6:54 PM local time in Molucca Sea). The magnitude and location may be revised when additional data and further analysis results are available. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused damage due to its location and size.

One person died of a heart attack, 3 others killed, 4 others injured and minor damage to some buildings at Mandano, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Felt (VI) on Ternate; (VI) at Bitung and Tondano, (V) at Kotamobagu, (IV) at Gorontalo, Sulawesi; (IV) in southern Halmahera, Indonesia.

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

 


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