1629 Banda Sea earthquake

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1629 Banda Sea earthquake
1629 Banda Sea earthquake is located in Indonesia
1629 Banda Sea earthquake
Local date August 1, 1629 (1629-08)
Magnitude8.2–8.8 Mw [1]
Epicenter4°36′S 129°54′E / 4.6°S 129.9°E / -4.6; 129.9Coordinates: 4°36′S 129°54′E / 4.6°S 129.9°E / -4.6; 129.9 [2]
TsunamiYes [2]

The 1629 Banda Sea earthquake struck the Banda Sea, Indonesia on August 1. Its epicentre is believed to have been in the Seram Trough. A megathrust earthquake caused a 15 m (49 ft) tsunami, which was recorded to have affected the Banda Islands about 30 minutes after the quake. The effects of the tsunami were reported as far as 230 kilometres (140 mi) away in Ambon.[1] Many trees in the Banda Islands were reported to have been uprooted.[3]

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  1. ^ a b Zac Yung-Chun Liu; Ron A. Harris (2013). "Discovery of possible mega-thrust earthquake along the Seram Trough from records of 1629 tsunami in eastern Indonesian region" (PDF). Nat Hazards, accessed via SpringerLink. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  2. ^ a b National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS), Significant Earthquake Database, National Geophysical Data Center, NOAA, doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K
  3. ^ Hanna, Willard Anderson (1997). Banda: A Journey Through Indonesia's Fabled Isles of Fire and Spice. Yayasan Warisan dan Budaya Banda. p. 112.