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Sulawesi Earthquake (11/16/2008)

On Sunday, November 16, 2008 (17:02:30 UTC) a Mw 7.3 (according to USGS) earthquake occurred off the Minahasa peninsula Sulawesi, 135km NW of Gorontalo Sulawesi, Indonesia.

USC Tsunami Research Center has performed numerical simulations for this event based on preliminary earthquake information. This is an initial bulletin and will be updated periodically. Maximum wave height distribution is shown in the two plots below.

Contacts: Prof. Costas Synolakis +1 213 740 5129 and Prof. Emile A. Okal +1(847) 491-3238

Simulation of the tsunami wave propagation in the region of Celebes Sea south of the Philippines and the immediate vicinity of Sulawesi peninsula can be viewed below. Please click on the image to view the animation.

For information related to the material on this page you can also contact Dr Aggeliki Barberopoulou at +1 213 740 5129.