M6.3, M5.9 and M5.7 earthquakes hit off Hila, Indonesia within 20 minutes on October 31, 2017

A series of strong earthquakes rattled Hila, Indonesia within 20 minutes on October 31, 2017.

It all started at 11:31 with a M5.9 earthquake 47km WSW of Hila, Indonesia. The M5.7 earthquake hit 3 minutes later, before the strong and shallow M6.3 earthquake hit at 11:51 at a depth of 32.4km (20.1mi).

Here the epicenter’s map of the M6.3 earthquake:

M6.3 earthquake indonesia october 31 2017, A M6.3 earthquake followed by a M5.7 and M5.9 hit Hila, Indonesia on October 31 2017
A M6.3 earthquake followed by a M5.7 and M5.9 hit Hila, Indonesia on October 31 2017. via USGS

Here the three strong earthquakes that hit Hila within 20 minutes on October 31, 2017:

M 5.9 – 47km WSW of Hila, Indonesia
M 5.7 – 53km WSW of Hila, Indonesia
M 6.3 – 32km WSW of Hila, Indonesia

This is the second quake with a magnitude >6.0 today, after a M6.8 earthquake hit New Caledonia at around 00:40 on October 31, 2017.

Strong earthquakes on October 31 2017
Strong earthquakes on October 31 2017. via USGS

Looking at the USGS map, it seems that the seismic activity is gaining in activity today, with 2 earthquakes with a magnitude higher than M6.0 and at least 5 earthquake with magnitudes higher than M5.5 with 2 hours of monitoring:

M 6.8 – 137km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.9 – 105km E of Tadine, New Caledonia
M 5.8 – 65km NE of Hihifo, Tonga
M 5.9 – 47km WSW of Hila, Indonesia
M 5.7 – 53km WSW of Hila, Indonesia
M 6.3 – 32km WSW of Hila, Indonesia
M 5.7 – 38km WSW of Amahusu, Indonesia

Pretty impressive I would say! Here the first pictures of the damages triggered by the earthquakes in Indonesia:

Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017
Damage after the M6.3 earthquake in Indonesia on October 31 2017

Keep safe and get ready for the next big one in your area.

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