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M 5.9 in Indonesia on 15 Apr 2018 19:30 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Earthquake event

Population map close up
Population map close up. (Source: JRC)
  • Magnitude: 5.9 M
  • Depth: 36.48 km (deep)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC us2000e0mq
  • Location (latitude/longitude): 1.3714, 126.8715
  • Time (UTC): 15 Apr 2018 19:30:43
  • Time (ECT): 15 Apr 2018 21:30:43
  • INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 4.8 (IDN)

Event time line

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IDAlertScore DateMag, DepthMax Intensity (MMI*)Pop [100 km or MMI 9-7]Tsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1206915 0.01

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km or MMI9-7    
20km or Max MMI    
Max Height(m)
Episode 1206915
0.01 realtime 2018-04-15 19:48:25 No people affected 0
  Earthquake 224023
0 realtime 2018-04-15 19:48:25 450 thousand No people affected 0
  Shakemap 2
0.01 realtime 2018-04-15 21:33:06 No people affected No people affected 0
15 Apr 2018 19:30 5.9M, 36.48km 4.07 450 thousand 00:17 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

Earthquake impact details


Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km 450000 people
75 km 79000 people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

The earthquake happened in Indonesia , Province of Maluku (population 1,991,398) . The nearest places are Pasirputih, Peot, Sasu, Sahu, Baru, and Bobopajo.

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
Maluku Indonesia 1.9 million people
Sulawesi Utara Indonesia 2.6 million people
Irian Jaya Indonesia 1.7 million people
Sulawesi Tengah Indonesia 1.8 million people
Southern Mindanao Philippines 4.4 million people

Affected Populated Places

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Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Pasirputih Palau Village5 - 57 km
Peot Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 63 km
Sasu Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 63 km
Sahu Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 67 km
Baru Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 69 km
Bobopajo Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 70 km

Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Nearby and affected airports
Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Babullah TTE 15 Civ. Paved No 4600 82 km
Major ports
Name LOCODE Country Distance
Ternate IDTTE Indonesia 86 km

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