Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Bismarck Sea (Papua New Guinea) on Saturday, 1 August 2020 - information

Updated: Sep 24, 2021 06:27 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 252 km west of Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 19:22 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 252 km west of Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 19:22 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

1 Aug 19:29 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Aug 1 20:56: Magnitude recalculated from 5.9 to 6.0.
Date & time: Aug 1, 2020 19:22:07 UTC -
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.3°S / 148.65°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode: 3.3°N / 31.35°W
Nearest volcano: unnamed submarine (102 km / 63 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
208 km (129 mi) SE of Lorengau (Manus District) (pop: 5,810) --> See nearby quakes!
252 km (156 mi) WSW of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
300 km (186 mi) NW of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
383 km (238 mi) NE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
418 km (260 mi) WNW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
423 km (263 mi) NNE of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
476 km (296 mi) NE of Goroka (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
488 km (303 mi) NNE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
508 km (316 mi) NE of Kundiawa (pop: 9,380) --> See nearby quakes!
707 km (439 mi) NNE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
359 km (223 mi) NW of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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6.010 kmBismarck Sea (Papua New Guinea)GFZ
5.710 kmBismarck Sea (Papua New Guinea)EMSC
6.153 kmBismarck Sea (Papua New Guinea)GeoAu
6.240 kmBismarck Sea (Papua New Guinea)BMKG
6.010 km198 km SE of Lorengau, Papua New GuineaUSGS

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

  • 02 Aug 2020 09:29 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    20 km (12 mi) distance
    | GFZ | Details

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