Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - Solomon Islands on Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 131 km west of Arawa, North Solomons, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 02:33 (GMT)

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 6.5 quake Solomon Sea, 73 km west of Torokina Islet Island, Papua New Guinea, 7 December 2014 01:22 GMT, which had occurred 2 days earlier.
Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 131 km west of Arawa, North Solomons, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 9 December 2014 at 02:33 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

9 Dec 02:41 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Dec 9 08:10: Magnitude recalculated from 5.5 to 5.3.
Date & time: 9 Dec 2014 02:33:34 UTC
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.35°S / 154.39°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Balbi (92 km / 57 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
121 km (75 mi) W of Panguna (pop: 2,920) --> See nearby quakes!
131 km (81 mi) W of Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
150 km (94 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) --> See nearby quakes!
324 km (201 mi) SE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
333 km (207 mi) NW of Gizo (New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands) (pop: 6,150) --> See nearby quakes!
344 km (213 mi) SE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
579 km (360 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
618 km (384 mi) NE of Alotau (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
870 km (541 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
406 km (252 mi) E of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
463 km (288 mi) SE of New Ireland Island (pop: 194,100) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.310 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
M 5.510 kmBOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.EMSC
M 5.610 km128km W of Panguna, Papua New GuineaUSGS
M 5.637 kmBougainville Island Region, PNGGeoAu

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