Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.4 quake hits 126 km east of Madang, Papua New Guinea around noon
Sun, 7 Aug 2022, 04:1604:16 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake near Madang, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 22 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey, considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate to considerable depth of 220 km beneath the epicenter around noon on Sunday, August 7th, 2022, at 1:53 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.
5.4 quake 7 Aug 1:53 pm (GMT +10)
Our monitoring service identified a second report from Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.3. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 4.9, France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) at magnitude 5.2, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.4, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.4.
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.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Madang (pop. 27,400) located 126 km from the epicenter.
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Date & time: Aug 7, 2022 1:53 pm (GMT +10) local time (7 Aug 2022 03:53 GMT)
Depth: 220.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.41°S / 146.91°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Primary data source: USGS
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