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Significant 5.3 quake hits near Kokopo, Kokopo District, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea

Mon, 1 Aug 2022, 02:13
02:13 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
5.3 quake 1 Aug 11:43 am (GMT +10)
5.3 quake 1 Aug 11:43 am (GMT +10)
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake near Kokopo, Kokopo District, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 28 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey, considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the morning on Monday, August 1st, 2022, at 11:43 am 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.
A second report was later issued by Geoscience Australia (GeoAu), which listed it as a magnitude 5.4 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 5.0, France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) at magnitude 5.2, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.3, and the 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 Rabaul (pop. 8,100) located 97 km from the epicenter, and Kokopo (pop. 26,300) 115 km away.
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Date & time: Aug 1, 2022 11:43 am (GMT +10) local time (1 Aug 2022 01:43 GMT)
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.8°S / 151.39°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Primary data source: USGS

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