Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - New Ireland Region, P.N.G. on Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 55 km west of Tefa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 at 03:11 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 55 km west of Tefa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 31 August 2016 at 03:11 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake at 501 km depth

31 Aug 03:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 6 minutes.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 503.0 to 504.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 504.0 to 506.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 506.0 to 505.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 505.0 to 501.0 km.
Aug 31 05:04: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.7.
Date & time: 31 Aug 2016 03:11:36 UTC
Magnitude: 6.7
Depth: 501.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.7°S / 152.73°E (South Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Tanga (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
84 km (52 mi) NE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
88 km (55 mi) NE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
249 km (155 mi) ESE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
354 km (220 mi) NE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
422 km (262 mi) NW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) --> See nearby quakes!
422 km (262 mi) NW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
450 km (279 mi) NE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
472 km (293 mi) NW of Buin (pop: 750) --> See nearby quakes!
890 km (553 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
314 km (195 mi) NE of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1014 joules (197 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 10.6 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
6.7501 kmNew Ireland Region, P.N.G.GFZ
6.7513 kmNEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.EMSC
6.7499 km- 39km E of Namatanai, Papua New GuineaUSGS

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Kokopo (87.7 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Building I was in was 'swaying'. Suspended light fixtures were swinging back and forth. Slight aftershocks still felt.  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (14 quakes):
  • 15 Feb 2017 19:26 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    81.9 km (50.9 mi) depth
    |
    88 km (54 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Feb 2017 09:16 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    11.6 km (7.2 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (49 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Jan 2017 23:12 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    60 km (37.3 mi) depth
    |
    112 km (70 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 21 Jan 2017 20:03 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    66 km (41 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 27 Dec 2016 15:25 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    76 km (47 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 17 Dec 2016 11:22 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    83 km (51.6 mi) depth
    |
    118 km (73 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 17 Dec 2016 10:51 UTC
    | M 7.9 |
    93 km (57.8 mi) depth
    |
    122 km (76 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Major magnitude 7.9 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 52 km south of Saint John's Island, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, 17 December 2016 at 10:51 (GMT)
  • 05 Nov 2016 23:38 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    123 km (76.4 mi) depth
    |
    117 km (72 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 31 Oct 2016 06:13 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    349 km (216.9 mi) depth
    |
    85 km (53 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 28 Oct 2016 12:17 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    207 km (128.6 mi) depth
    |
    97 km (60 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 28 Oct 2016 05:26 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    59 km (36.7 mi) depth
    |
    118 km (74 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 25 Oct 2016 18:15 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    62 km (38.5 mi) depth
    |
    111 km (69 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 25 Oct 2016 04:49 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (34 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 21 Sep 2016 16:19 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    17 km (10.6 mi) depth
    |
    71 km (44 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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