Significant magnitude 5.1 earthquake 106 km southwest of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
Tue, 29 Dec 2020, 07:0307:03 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, was reported 40 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a moderately shallow depth of 56 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Tuesday 29 December 2020 at 5:23 pm local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
5.1 quake 29 Dec 5:23 pm (GMT +11)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3. Other agencies reporting the same quake include Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) at magnitude 5.1, and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.3.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Arawa (pop. 40,300) located 106 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: Tue, 29 Dec 06:23 UTC
Depth: 56.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.52°S / 154.65°E
Primary data source: GFZ