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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake strikes near Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea

Thu, 28 Jul 2022, 18:43
18:43 PM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.6 quake 29 Jul 4:28 am (GMT +10)
5.6 quake 29 Jul 4:28 am (GMT +10)
Papua New Guinea was shaken near Lae, Morobe Province, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 only 14 minutes ago, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, early morning on Friday, July 29th, 2022, at 4:28 am local time. 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.
A second report was later issued by the United States Geological Survey, which listed it as a magnitude 5.8 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.6, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.7.

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 have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.
Moderate shaking probably occurred in Bulolo (pop. 16,000) located 24 km from the epicenter.
In Wau (pop. 14,600) located 26 km from the epicenter, and Lae (pop. 76,300) 49 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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Date & time: Jul 29, 2022 4:28 am (GMT +10) local time (28 Jul 2022 18:28 GMT)
Magnitude: 5.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.06°S / 146.75°E (Papua New Guinea)
Primary data source: USGS

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