MINAHASSA PENINSULA, SULAWESI
100 miles (160 km) SSE of Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia
The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A major earthquake occurred IN THE SULAWESI REGION, INDONESIA about 100 miles (160 km) south-southeast of Gorontalo at 10:21 PM MDT today, May 3, 2000 (May 04 at 12:21 PM local time in Sulawesi). A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 7.3 WAS COMPUTED FOR THIS EARTHQUAKE. The magnitude and location may change slightly as additional data are received from other seismograph stations. This earthquake is the largest in this general area since a magnitude 7.8 event on November 29, 1998 located about 130 miles (210 km) southeast of today's earthquake. The 1998 earthquake killed 41 people and injured over 160, mainly on Mangole and Taliabu. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time for today's earthquake; however, it may have caused damage due to its location and size.
NB: The region name comes from the seismic and geographic regionalization of Flinn, Engdahl, and Hill (1974), with occasional name changes which have been given in various issues of the
PDE Monthly Listing. The boundaries of these regions are defined at one degree intervals and differ slightly from irregular political boundaries. The region name is automatically generated and
can be misleading for earthquakes near region boundaries.