Magnitude 6.0 earthquake hit Papua, Indonesia


Strong earthquake with recorded magnitude 6.0 hit Papua, Indonesia on September 8, 2012 at 10:51 UTC according to USGS. Epicenter was located 160 km (100 miles) WNW (295°) from Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia at coordinates 3.199°S, 135.005°E. USGS recorded preliminary depth of 20.6 km (12.8 miles). EMSC also recorded magnitude 6.0 but the difference to USGS is in depth, they recorded 10 km.

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the Magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability. There are about 60 000 people living within 100 km.

The earthquake is not strong enough to generate a tsunami. Due to the close distance to the coast, a moderate shaking is expected in a radius of 50 km (will be felt by approx. 3000 people).

Magnitude 6.0
  • Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 10:51:44 UTC
  • Saturday, September 08, 2012 at 07:51:44 PM at epicenter
Location 3.199°S, 135.005°E
Depth 20.6 km (12.8 miles)
  • 160 km (100 miles) WNW (295°) from Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 277 km (172 miles) SSE (158°) from Manokwari, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 302 km (188 miles) NNE (17°) from Dobo, Aru Islands, Indonesia
  • 637 km (396 miles) W (263°) from Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
  • 1174 km (730 miles) S (177°) from KOROR, Palau
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.8 km (8.0 miles); depth +/- 6.5 km (4.0 miles)
Parameters NST=117, Nph=118, Dmin=308.4 km, Rmss=1.12 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc000cium


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