Shallow M6.4 earthquake hits near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia

m6.4 earthquake papua indonesia 1716 utc december 30 2023 location map

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the BMKG as M6.4 hit near the north coast of Papua, Indonesia at 17:16 UTC on December 30, 2023 (00:16 local time, December 31). The agency is reporting a depth of 40 km (25 miles). USGS and EMSC are reporting M6.3 at a depth of 39 km (24 miles).

This is the second earthquake above magnitude 6 to strike Indonesia today, following an M6.3 that hit off the west coast of northern Sumatra at 05:19 UTC (12:19 local time).

The epicenter was located 148 km (91.9 miles) WSW of Abepura (population 62 248), and 159.1 km (98.9 miles) WSW of Jayapura (population 404 004), Papua, Indonesia.

17 000 people are estimated to have felt moderate shaking and 1 162 000 light.

Based on all available data, there is no tsunami threat from this earthquake, NWS PTWC said.

m6.4 earthquake papua indonesia 1716 utc december 30 2023 location map bg
Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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 informal (metal, timber, GI etc.) and unreinforced brick masonry construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

m6.4 earthquake papua indonesia 1716 utc december 30 2023 usgs epe
m6.4 earthquake papua indonesia 1716 utc december 30 2023 usgs epet

Selected cities exposed

m6.4 earthquake papua indonesia 1716 utc december 30 2023 usgs sce

Regional seismicity

m6.4 earthquake papua indonesia 1716 utc december 30 2023 emsc regional seismicity

If you value what we do here, create your ad-free account and support our journalism.

Share:

Commenting rules and guidelines

We value the thoughts and opinions of our readers and welcome healthy discussions on our website. In order to maintain a respectful and positive community, we ask that all commenters follow these rules:

  • Treat others with kindness and respect.
  • Stay on topic and contribute to the conversation in a meaningful way.
  • Do not use abusive or hateful language.
  • Do not spam or promote unrelated products or services.
  • Do not post any personal information or content that is illegal, obscene, or otherwise inappropriate.

We reserve the right to remove any comments that violate these rules. By commenting on our website, you agree to abide by these guidelines. Thank you for helping to create a positive and welcoming environment for all.

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *