Moderate yet deep 5.1 quake hits near Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea
Fri, 11 Jun 2021, 07:1907:19 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.1 earthquake near Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 17 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 an intermediate depth of 100 km beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on Friday 11 June 2021 at 5:00 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.
5.1 quake 11 Jun 5:00 pm (GMT +10)
A second report was later issued by the United States Geological Survey, which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.1.
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 Kainantu (pop. 8,500) located 62 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Lae (pop. 76,300) located 107 km from the epicenter, Goroka (pop. 18,500) 107 km away, and Madang (pop. 27,400) 108 km away.
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Date & time: 11 Jun 5:00 pm (GMT +10) local time (11 Jun 2021 07:00 GMT)
Depth: 100.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.01°S / 146.35°E (Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea)
Primary data source: GFZ
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