Light 4.9 quake hits near Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Tue, 29 Dec 2020, 06:3906:39 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 4.9 earthquake near Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 25 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey (USGS), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 94.3 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Tuesday 29 December 2020 at 5:13 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
4.9 quake 29 Dec 5:13 pm (GMT +11)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.9 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Arawa (pop. 40,300) located 117 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: Tue, 29 Dec 06:13 UTC
Depth: 94.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.6055°S / 154.5784°E
Primary data source: USGS