Deep harmless earthquake in the Banda Sea (Indonesia) felt until Australia

Update 12:12 UTC : In our back office we are receiving from our readers almost the same MMI values from Timor (Dili) as from Australia (Darwin), althoudg the distances to the epicenter are completely different (Dili 319 km and Darwin at least 500 km)

Update 12:12 UTC : The main reason why this earthquake (although very strong but not massive) was felt at such big distances is the depth of the hypocenter. The wave bundle radiates far away from the explosion point and reaches even Australia. Scary but harmless, but always wise to consult our pages if the depth was not shallow.
The earthquake source is located in the hot solid mantle of our planet.

Update 12:12 UTC : This is how the earthquake looks like on the seismograph at Soe (Indonesian part of Timor), the islands relatively close to the epicenter

Seismogram courtesy and copyright Geofon, Germany

Seismogram courtesy and copyright Geofon, Germany

NO Tsunami risk for the whole region (reason : not strong enough and too deep)

319 km E of Dili, East Timor / pop: 150,000 / local time: 20:52:32.3 2013-09-01
2046 km SE of Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei / pop: 64,409 / local time: 19:52:32.3 2013-09-01
2079 km W of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea / pop: 283,733 / local time: 21:52:32.3 2013-09-01

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-09-01 11:52:32

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 134 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Sep 01 11:52 6.5 132 MAP
  • Dili. Timor-Leste - About 20 seconds or more. Felt wobbly
  • Dili - Grade 3 or 2.(Japanese scale)
  • Dili,Timor-Leste - lasted less than 30 seconds
  • Dili, Timor-Leste - 20-30 seconds of strong shaking
  • Dili - Rumbling noise and high set house was shaking.
  • Dili - not 30sec shaking. 8-10sec.
  • Dili, East Timor - heard a rumbble, wobly movement 20-30 seconds.
  • Dili - Light shaking for circa 20 secs.
  • Dili, Timor-Leste - 10 seconds or so, maybe 3 upper in the Japanese seismic intensity scale.
  • Dili - Lasted a couple of minutes. Furniture shook.
  • Dili on the north beaches - 20 seconds. Shook enough to dislodge wine glasses from shelf.
  • Lospalos, East Timor - Felt as if i was about to faint, everything just started shaking...
  • EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Sep 01 11:52 6.5 138 MAP
    GEOFON Banda Sea Sep 01 11:52 6.5 134 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Darwin - Very slight tremor felt - glasses in cabinets did not move, sounded like a truck passing
  • Darwin - Felt the vibration from the earthquake and heard a low pitched rumbling noise.
  • Darwin - Lasted approx 30 seconds about 9.21 pm Australian central timr
  • Darwin, Austrslia - 8 seconds of gentle movement. Pets not really fussed. Cheers, AARON M.
  • Darwin, NT, Australia - sitting outside at a table and felt the shaking
  • Darwin - Seemed to be accompanied by a noise and seemed to last a while. Rolling sensation
  • Darwin - I heard it before I felt it. Rumbling.
  • Darwin - Shocked
  • Darwin - low rumble noise
  • Darwin - Light shaking for 1 minute experienced in Darwin city, Northern Territory Australia
  • Darwin - Earth tremor, no damage furniture shook and floor shook.
  • Darwin. Northern Territory. Australia - Audible rumble .... duration maybe 10 secs .... no breakage or damage .......
  • Darwin - Felt my high rise unit building in Darwin CBD shake from side to side for a small amount of time.
  • Darwin - Was on the couch and felt the couch move
  • Darwin Humpty Doo - Sitting in our arm chairs the chairs were just lightly moving felt weird
  • Darwin - Heard the rumbling and the sofa shook very notiacibly. Water in glass swayed
  • Berkeley River Kimberley WA - Light Shaking North East Kimberley WA Australia
  • leanyer darwin au - First time felt it like that.
  • Darwin - Low rumble, slight shaking for 20-30sec
  • darwin - thought it was the washing machine shaking the house
  • Acacia Hills - Even though this quake had light shaking, in Acacia Hills it was the loudest I have heard it before. The roof really made cracking sound. Particularly in the end. Lasted maybe 20 seconds. It didn't really register to me that this was an earthquake for quite a few seconds.
  • Dili. Timor Leste - Quite shaky but not long
  • Darwin NT Australia - Loud rumble noise whole house moved
  • DARWIN - I WAS ON MY COMPUTER AND FIRST I FELT A DULL MOVEMENT OF THE HOUSE THEN COULD OF SWORN I HEARD THE RUMBLING ( MAY OF BEEN TRAFFIC 3 STREETS AWAY....DEFINITELY HEARD A WEAK RUMBLE
  • Darwin - On the 9th floor of building in Darwin so maybe amplitude magnified but noticeable shaking for 10-15 secs
  • Darwin - Sitting on couch, windows rattling, girlfriend scared.
  • Darwin - deep low audible rumble followed by some earth movement 8 - 10 secs .... nothing broken or damaged here ...
  • Darwin - Definite swaying sensation and a low rumbling sound could be heard
  • Palmerston NT - Bed was shaking to and fro for several seconds. Stopped, then started again. No movement of objects noticed.
  • Darwin - Felt my bed vibrate
  • Darwin, Leanyer - I can't believe I missed the whole thing! I was standing up around that time and didn't notice anything unusual. Vicki
  • Darwin - i was typing on my laptop and felt the desk vibrating for about 15 seconds or so.
  • Darwin - lasted about 2 mins
  • Kununurra - Felt chair shaking for approx 20 sec
  • Darwin, Australia - Heard the rumble and felt gentle shaking and swaying for about 30 seconds.
  • Lake Bennett resort, NT - Felt like a gentle giant was rocking my bed. Just a gentle shake but definitely felt it. 30 mins drive from Batchelor.
  • Brisbane - Odczuwam nawet bardzo odlegle trzesienia ziemi, ktorych nikt w moim otoczeniu nie odbiera. Odczuwam wstrzasy z nawet bardzo odleglych miejsc. W tym celu musze siedziec calkowicie odprezony i miec obie nogi na ziemi. Informuje rodzine, zapisuja godzine i sie potwierdza. Kontrolowalem sie i wiem ze nie jest zludzenie, odczucia sa bardzo wyrazne i specyficzne, przypominajace przesuwanie horyzontalne podloza.

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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
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    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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