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5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes North Maluku Sea, No Tsunami Potential

A tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 shook the North Maluku region at 9.22 am, Sunday (12/26). Based on the results of the Meteorology,

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Earthquake illustration - 5.2 Magnitude Earthquake Shakes North Maluku Sea, No Tsunami Potential 

TRIBUNBATAM.id - A tectonic earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 shook the North Maluku region at 9.22 am, Sunday (12/26). 

Based on the results of the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) analysis, this earthquake has an updated parameter with a magnitude of 5.4. 

Head of the BMKG Earthquake and Tsunami Center, Bambang Setiyo Prayitno MSi said the earthquake's epicenter was located at coordinates 2.28° North Latitude; 126.76° East Longitude. 

The exact location is in the sea at a distance of 138 kilometers northwest of West Halmahera Regency, North Maluku at a depth of 38 kilometers.

Bambang explained that by observing the location of the epicenter and the depth of the hypocenter, the earthquake that occurred was a shallow type of earthquake due to deformation in the Maluku Sea Plate. 

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"The results of the analysis of the source mechanism show that this earthquake has a thrust fault mechanism," Bambang said.

Even though the location of this earthquake is at sea, the BMKG modeling results do not show the potential for a tsunami.

However, it is known that based on shakemap estimates, this earthquake has the potential to cause shocks in the Tobelo III MMI area.

Meanwhile, the results of BMKG monitoring as of 9.50 am, Sunday (12/26) haven't shown any aftershock activity.

With this condition, the public is urged to remain calm and not be influenced by issues that cannot be justified.

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