Moderate magnitude 4.9 quake hits 118 km northwest of Lae, Papua New Guinea after midnight
Fri, 12 Mar 2021, 15:0215:02 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred after midnight on Saturday 13 March 2021 at 12:42 am local time near Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
4.9 quake 13 Mar 12:42 am (GMT +10)
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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 the United States Geological Survey which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1. A third agency, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, reported the same quake at magnitude 5.3.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kainantu (pop. 8,500) located 115 km from the epicenter, Madang (pop. 27,400) 116 km away, and Lae (pop. 76,300) 118 km away.
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Date & time: 13 Mar 2021 12:42 am (GMT +10) local time (12 Mar 2021 14:42 GMT)
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.7°S / 146.72°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Primary data source: GFZ
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