Significant magnitude 5.7 earthquake 75 km northeast of Lae, Papua New Guinea
Sat, 23 Jan 2021, 03:3903:39 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 occurred only 13 minutes ago 75 km northeast of Lae, Papua New Guinea, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
5.7 quake 23 Jan 1:19 pm (GMT +10)
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, around noon on Saturday 23 January 2021 at 1:19 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.7 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.7.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Lae (pop. 76,300) located 75 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Bulolo (pop. 16,000) located 138 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: 23 Jan 2021 1:19 pm (GMT +10) local time (23 Jan 2021 03:19 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.38°S / 147.58°E (Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea)
Primary data source: GFZ
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