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Major mag. 7.9 earthquake - New Ireland Region, P.N.G. on Saturday, 17 December 2016

Major mag. 7.9 earthquake - New Ireland Region, P.N.G. on Saturday, 17 December 2016

Major mag. 7.9 earthquake  - New Ireland Region, P.N.G. on Saturday, 17 December 2016
Dec 17 10:59: Magnitude recalculated from 7.6 to 7.5.
Dec 17 11:01: Magnitude recalculated from 7.5 to 7.4.
Dec 17 11:04: Magnitude recalculated from 7.4 to 7.3.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 110.0 km.
Dec 17 11:05: Magnitude recalculated from 7.3 to 7.5.
Dec 17 11:13: Magnitude recalculated from 7.5 to 7.8.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 110.0 to 93.0 km.
Dec 17 11:14: Magnitude recalculated from 7.8 to 7.9.
Date & time: Saturday, 17 December 2016 10:51 UTC
Magnitude: 7.9
Depth: 93.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.52°S / 153.46°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Ambitle (52 km)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 4.5*10^16 J (12408 GWh / 1.1*10^7 tons of TNT / 667.2 atomic bombs equivalent) [learn more]
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Data for same earthquake as reported from other agencies
TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sat, 17 Dec 2016
Sat, 17 Dec 10:51 UTCM 7.9 / 83 kmNEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.EMSC
Sat, 17 Dec 10:51 UTCM 7.9 / 103.2 km- 46km E of Taron, Papua New GuineaUSGS

shake map
(shakemap: USGS)
"I felt it" reports:
Niolam, Lihir Island / MMI VI (Strong shaking): There was a very strong shake and we had to live the Camp 2 canteen at the Newcrest Mining camp where we were watching a movie. We walked outside but the quake was strong and made it unsteady to walk so we stood outside until it stopped.
lihir island / MMI IV (Light shaking): Went on for 6 minutes the first tremor
Florianópolis, Brazil / MMI II (Very weak shaking): I felt a slight vibration in my building a few moments after the tremor
(Papua New Guinea) (819 km W from epicenter)(no details): Very gentle intermittent vibration of bed and subtle swinging of belt on back of door. (via EMSC)
Earthquakes in same area up to 1 year afterwards (likely aftershocks)
TimeMag. / DepthLocationMapSource
Fri, 6 Jan 2017
Fri, 6 Jan 01:12 UTCM 4.6 / 10 km - [info]- 134km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea[Map]USGS
Wed, 11 Jan 2017
Wed, 11 Jan 02:49 UTCM 5.2 / 10 km - [info]Solomon Islands[Map]GFZ
Sat, 11 Feb 22:53 UTCM 4.9 / 10 km - [info]New Ireland Region, P.N.G.[Map]GFZ
Thu, 2 Mar 2017
Thu, 2 Mar 12:44 UTCM 4.7 / 146 km - [info]NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.[Map]EMSC
Wed, 15 Mar 2017
Wed, 15 Mar 18:01 UTCM 4.9 / 46.9 km - [info]- 117km ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea[Map]USGS
Sat, 18 Mar 2017
Sat, 18 Mar 23:46 UTCM 4.5 / 10 km - [info]- 100km WNW of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea[Map]USGS
Mon, 20 Mar 2017
Mon, 20 Mar 21:03 UTCM 5.2 / 10 km - [info]New Britain Region, P.N.G.[Map]GFZ

 

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