1938 Banda Sea earthquake

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1938 Banda Sea earthquake
1938 Banda Sea earthquake is located in Indonesia
1938 Banda Sea earthquake
UTC time1938-02-01 19:04:23
ISC event902352
Local dateFebruary 2, 1938 (1938-02-02)
Local time04:04
Magnitude8.4 Mw [1]
Depth35 km (22 mi) [1]
Epicenter5°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]
TypeOblique-slip [2]
Max. intensityVII (Very strong tremor) [3]

The 1938 Banda Sea earthquake occurred on February 1 with an estimated magnitude of 8.4 on the moment magnitude scale and a Rossi–Forel intensity of VII (Very strong tremor). This oblique-slip event generated destructive tsunamis of up to 1.5 metres in the Banda Sea region, but no human lives were 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 (PDF). Part A, Volume 81A (First ed.). Academic Press. p. 677. ISBN 978-0124406520.
  2. ^ Okal, E. A.; Reymond, D. (2003), "The mechanism of great Banda Sea earthquake of 1 February 1938: Applying the method of preliminary determination of focal mechanism to a historical event", Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 216: 1, doi:10.1016/S0012-821X(03)00475-8
  3. ^ NGDC. "Comments for the Significant Earthquake". Retrieved 29 August 2010.

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