1938 Banda Sea earthquake

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1938 Banda Sea earthquake
1938 Banda Sea earthquake is located in Indonesia
1938 Banda Sea earthquake
Date 1 February 1938 (1938-02)
Origin time 19:04
Magnitude 8.4 Mw [1]
Depth 35 km (22 mi) [1]
Epicenter 5°03′S 131°37′E / 5.05°S 131.62°E / -5.05; 131.62Coordinates: 5°03′S 131°37′E / 5.05°S 131.62°E / -5.05; 131.62 [1]
Max. intensity VII
Tsunami yes
Casualties no fatalities

The 1938 Banda Sea earthquake occurred in the Banda Sea region on February 1, 1938, and was the ninth largest earthquake in the 20th century. It had an estimated magnitude of 8.4 on the moment magnitude scale, and intensities as high as VII (very strong). It generated Tsunamis of up to 1.5 metres, but no human lives appear to have been lost.


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  1. ^ a b c Engdahl, E. R.; Vallaseñor, A. (2002). "Global seismicity: 1900-1999". International Handbook of Earthquake & Engineering Seismology. Part A, Volume 81A (First ed.). Academic Press. p. 677. ISBN 978-0124406520. 

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