A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.0 hit Kepualuan Talaud, Indonesia at 02:26 UTC on January 22, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 24 km (14.9 miles). EMSC is reporting M6.0 at a depth of 49 km (30 miles).
The epicenter was located about 233 km (148 miles) SE of Sarangani, Philippines, and 264 km (164 miles) NW of Tobelo, Indonesia.
There are about 210 000 people living within 100 km (62 miles).
5 000 people are estimated to have felt strong shaking and 90 000 moderate.
The USGS issued a Green alert for shaking-related fatalities and economic losses. There is a low likelihood of casualties and damage.
Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are a mix of vulnerable and earthquake-resistant construction. The predominant vulnerable building types are unknown/miscellaneous types and heavy wood frame construction.
Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.
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Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking
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