Deadly earthquake in Halmahera, Indonesia - July 14, 2019

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Update 15:08 UTC:  Very serious damage

Update 09:29 UTC:  People fled to the hills and stayed there because they feared a potential tsunami (we call it auto-evacuation) + some damage inside a house

 

Update 09:18 UTC:  after a major earthquake people have often no other choice than sleeping under the sky as staying in their homes is too dangerous

Update 09:11 UTC:
** 2 people have been killed
** 500 houses have been destroyed
** 1104 people have been displaced

Update 09:06 UTC:  Mini-tsunami waves after the earthquake (luckily the epicenter was below land otherwise the story would have been potentially totally different)

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Update 21:55 UTC:  so far we know that 1 person was killed and that 50 houses have been destroyed

Update 12:39 UTC:  As it is nighttime in Indonesia, we have not yet received numbers of possible damage or injuries.

Update 12:37 UTC:  Although there was no potential for a tsunami, residents panicked and decided to auto-evacuate and run to safety.
The shock was large enough to make people leave the house. Electricity also went out some time after the first earthquake.

Update 12:35 UTC:  Based on data obtained from the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG), the earthquake did not have the potential to cause a tsunami. Ali said his side had not received detailed information about the impact of the damage caused by the earthquake. Azis, one of the residents of Labuha who was confirmed separately said that the residents chose to flee to a safe location for fear of a tsunami. "Earlier the sea water suddenly dropped after that sea water rose again so we were afraid and displaced," he said.

Update 10:40 UTC:  The Indonesian authorities have determined that the earthquake is due to a strike-slip mechanism. A first magnitude 5.6 aftershock, located 20 kilometers southeast of the main quake, indicates that the breach has spread parallel to the peninsula's course. This means that all villages along the coast are equally affected by the quake and far-reaching damage is likely.

Update 10:35 UTC:  people auto-evacuating to higher grounds because of the Tsunami risk

Update 10:27 UTC:  The region experiences serious aftershocks (latest one M5.3). 

Update 10:25 UTC:  Based on the calculations of the CatNews specialists, more than 200,000 people may experience damage in their houses. They have an MMI of VI or more, indication strong shaking.

Update 10:06 UTC:  Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

Update 10:02 UTC:  Professor Max Wyss, who specialises in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects :
200 up to 1,000 fatalities
1,000 tot 5,000 injuries
Due to the sparsely populated region ER does not believe that these high numbers will become reality. 

Update 09:50 UTC:  Shaking impact on nearby cities and villages and on the population in MMI (Modified Mercalli scaled). 

Update 09:46 UTC:  At least 3 communities are at risk for serious damage (see picture below). Luckily no major cities in the most critical radius;

 

Update 09:31 UTC:  Impressive seismogram as recorded in Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia

Update 09:18 UTC:  Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-report.com calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 7.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-07-14 09:10:51

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 22:29 4.5 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 22:21 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 18:42 4.0 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 18:16 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 18:07 3.8 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 16:57 4.2 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 16:36 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 15:44 5.2 2 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 15:44 5.0 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 15:44 5.1 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 15:39 4.0 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 15:13 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 13:56 4.3 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 13:56 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 13:44 4.5 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 13:44 4.5 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 13:27 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 13:11 3.9 200 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 13:07 3.7 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 13:01 3.8 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 12:35 4.6 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 12:35 4.9 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 12:35 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 12:25 4.3 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 12:22 4.9 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 12:22 4.7 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 12:22 4.7 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 12:05 4.5 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:52 5.0 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:52 5.0 15 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 11:52 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:38 4.2 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:37 4.1 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:33 4.1 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:17 3.7 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:13 3.9 22 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:08 4.7 37 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 11:08 4.8 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 11:08 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:57 4.6 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:54 4.8 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:44 4.6 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:36 3.8 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:36 4.4 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:26 5.5 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:26 5.7 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:26 5.7 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:23 4.3 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:23 4.5 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:13 4.5 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:13 4.7 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 10:05 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:05 5.3 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:05 5.5 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 10:01 4.4 41 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:54 5.0 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:54 5.0 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:54 5.0 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:43 5.8 40 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:43 5.7 41 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:43 5.8 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:38 4.9 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:35 4.5 10 MAP
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:35 4.9 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:29 5.2 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:28 5.2 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:28 5.2 10 MAP
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:22 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Laiwui, Indonesia Jul 14 09:10 7.3 10 MAP
GEOFON Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:10 7.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Halmahera, Indonesia Jul 14 09:10 7.3 10 MAP


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MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
People :
Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
People :
Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
People :
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.
Fittings :
Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
Structures :
Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
People :
Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
Fittings :
Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
Structures :
Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
Fittings :
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) ?
People
General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
Fittings :
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.
MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
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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