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Major mag. 7.3 earthquake - New Guinea, Papua New Guinea on Sunday, 25 February 2018 - information

Major mag. 7.3 earthquake - New Guinea, Papua New Guinea on Sunday, 25 February 2018

Major mag. 7.3 earthquake  - New Guinea, Papua New Guinea on Sunday, 25 February 2018
Date & time: Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:44 UTC
Magnitude: 7.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.06°S / 142.73°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Doma Peaks (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
29 km (18 mi) SW of Tari (pop: 8,200)
103 km (64 mi) W of Mendi (pop: 26,300)
127 km (79 mi) SW of Wabag (pop: 4,000)
142 km (88 mi) W of Ialibu (pop: 6,900)
159 km (99 mi) E of Kiunga (pop: 11,500)
168 km (104 mi) W of Mount Hagen (pop: 33,600)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1015 joules (1562 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.3 x 106 tons of TNT or 84 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sun, 25 Feb 17:44 UTCM 7.3 / 10 kmNew Guinea, Papua New GuineaGFZ

shake map
(shakemap: USGS)

User reports for this quake (17)

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442.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
442.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
442.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
442.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Kiunga Airport Lodge / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke up to windows and doors rattling quite badly, lots of things fell off my shelves, bunch of people outside and the shaking lasted around 4 minutes although the most violent shaking was in the first two minutes. Everything in my room appeared to be moving. Cracks in the dirt road just beyond the airport toward the helicopter laydown yard and half the road dropped about a half of a metre around a drainage ditch
Cairns (1517.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Thought it was a small truck going past but I am standing next to a highway. (reported through our app)
06111 (14764.5 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Ramu Valley (350.1 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Got awoken by shaking of the house around 03:45. Bedroom door, which was open, closed, cupboard doors opened. House was rattling, ornaments on the wall were swinging. All items which are secured to walls or roof were swinging. Earthquake continued for 1 minute or longer. Strongest earthquake I have ever felt in PNG over past 5 years.
442.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Wewak papua new guinea (295.7 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Was quite shake the everyone woke up from it. Had to run outside as the house was on post. The distance was couple of miles from us so but still felt it. (reported through our app)
(Papua New Guinea, 72 km E of epicenter) : Very destructive. (reported through EMSC)
(Papua New Guinea, 132 km E of epicenter) : Got awoken around 03:45 on Monday morning, house was swaying quite a bit for roughly one minute. Got out of bed and was slightly off balance. Bedroom door moved from open position to closed, while closed cupboards opened. Hanging objects & pictures on walls moved, items hanging from roof were swinging for long time. House was rattling. Neighbour's car alarm went off. This was the strongest earthquake I have felt over 5 years in PNG. (reported through EMSC)
(Papua New Guinea, 114 km SW of epicenter) : Smart jolt felt now (reported through EMSC)
(Papua New Guinea, 122 km NE of epicenter) : Wooden single storey building on half metre tall posts, Six bedrooms, kitchen and dining room that seat twelve people. Building shook and rumbled with audible creaking for say at least 25 seconds. Curtain on window swayed and pink survey tape on key in door also swayed. All occupants of house were asleep. Could paricularly feel my bed vibrating. At least seven aftershocks, the most recent at ~4.34am. Reporting from Gold Mountain's Crown Ridge Exploration Camp, Michael Leu amd Mark Wafiware, Geologists. (reported through EMSC)
Lae (Papua New Guinea, 470 km E of epicenter) : Not the usual jolt. Felt strange (reported through EMSC)
Goroka (Papua New Guinea, 287 km E of epicenter) : earthquake causing blackout (reported through EMSC)
Tabubil (Papua New Guinea, 195 km NW of epicenter) : At least 3 aftershocks (reported through EMSC)

Aftershocks of the 7.3 quake: New Guinea, Papua New Guinea, 25 Feb 2018 17:44

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (234 quakes):
  • 07 Feb 2020 17:49 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    201 km (124.9 mi) depth
    |
    261 km (162 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 11 Jan 2020 20:01 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    114 km (70.8 mi) depth
    |
    195 km (121 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 09 Jan 2020 18:52 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    106.5 km (66.2 mi) depth
    |
    181 km (113 mi) distance
    | GeoAu | Details
  • 23 Dec 2019 12:39 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 02 Nov 2019 05:16 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    87 km (54.1 mi) depth
    |
    13 km (8 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 05 Oct 2019 20:06 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    218 km (135.5 mi) depth
    |
    79 km (49 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 25 Sep 2019 15:57 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    43 km (26.7 mi) depth
    |
    208 km (129 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 06 Jul 2019 06:37 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    302 km (187.7 mi) depth
    |
    194 km (120 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 02 Jul 2019 14:53 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    23 km (14.3 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (40 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 19 Jun 2019 14:19 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    87 km (54.1 mi) depth
    |
    193 km (120 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details
  • 01 Jun 2019 12:41 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 31 May 2019 19:59 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    52 km (32.3 mi) depth
    |
    70 km (44 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 23 May 2019 12:34 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 13 May 2019 03:20 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    130 km (80.8 mi) depth
    |
    231 km (144 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 May 2019 15:02 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    87 km (54.1 mi) depth
    |
    197 km (122 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • 28 Apr 2019 10:34 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    159 km (98.8 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details
  • Show all

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