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

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 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.

Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 1, 2020 19:22:07 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude3.3°S / 148.65°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode3.3°N / 31.35°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearest volcanoCentral Bismarck Sea (102 km / 63 mi)
Nearby towns and cities208 km (129 mi) SE of Lorengau (Manus District) (pop: 5,810) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
252 km (156 mi) WSW of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
300 km (186 mi) NW of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
338 km (210 mi) NNW of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
383 km (238 mi) NE of Madang (pop: 27,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
403 km (250 mi) WNW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
423 km (263 mi) NNE of Lae (pop: 76,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
454 km (282 mi) NE of Kainantu (pop: 8,510) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
476 km (296 mi) NE of Goroka (pop: 18,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
707 km (439 mi) NNE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
359 km (223 mi) NW of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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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.
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


Seismic station: Port Moresby, New Guinea (PMG/IU network) | Distance from quake: 698 km / 434 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Port Moresby, New Guinea: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Aug 2, 2020 09:29
2 years ago

10 km
Bismarck Sea, 236 km W of Kavieng, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore

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