M 5.9 in Indonesia on 15 Apr 2018 19:30 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.9M
Depth: 36.48 Km
Lat/Lon: 1.3714 , 126.8715
Event Date: 15 Apr 2018 19:30 UTC
Exposed Population: 450000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC us2000e0mq
Inserted at: 15 Apr 2018 19:48 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity of the alert score: 4.8 (Indonesia)


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GDACS score
NEIC 0 0
us2000e0mq Scaled population (vector) -8  
  C1 shakemap -1.73  
  C2 shakemap 0.79  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.96  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
1206915 0 15 Apr 2018 19:30 5.9M, 36.48km 4.07 450 thousand 00:17 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Indonesia , Province of Maluku (population 1,991,398) . The nearest places are Pasirputih, Peot, Sasu, Sahu, Baru, and Bobopajo.

Radius Population
100 km 450000 people
75 km 79000 people
50 km no people
20 km no people
10 km no people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected Provinces

Region Province Country Population
Maluku Indonesia 1.9 million people
Sulawesi Utara Indonesia 2.6 million people
Irian Jaya Indonesia 1.7 million people
Sulawesi Tengah Indonesia 1.8 million people
Southern Mindanao Philippines 4.4 million people

Affected populated places

Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Pasirputih Palau Village5 - 57 km
Peot Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 63 km
Sasu Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 63 km
Sahu Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 67 km
Baru Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 69 km
Bobopajo Maluku Utara Indonesia Village5 - 70 km

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Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.


Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Babullah TTE 15 Civ. Paved No 4600 82 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Ternate IDTTE Indonesia 86 km

More information

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