Contact | RSS | EN | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | RU

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
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude6
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
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]

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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
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

Seismograms

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
Show more

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.

Aftershocks

[More info]

Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Aug 2, 2020 09:29
2 years ago
5.9

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

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Try our free app!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Android | iOS version

Support us - Help us upgrade our services!

We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Improved multilanguage support
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Design upgrade
  • Detailed quake stats
  • Additional seismic data sources
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Sources: VolcanoDiscovery / VolcanoAdventures and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most text and images on our websites are owned by us. Re-use is generally not permitted without authorization. Contact us for licensing rights.
Volcanoes & Earthquakes
VolcanoDiscovery Home
Volcanoes | Earthquakes | Photos | Volcano News | App
Adventure & Study Travel
Tours to Volcanoes and Volcanic Areas: walking tours, photo tours, study tours
Tours & Dates | FAQ | About us
Get our newsletter!
Company info
Contact | Legal info | Terms & conditions
Follow us
Follow us on facebook Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Twitter Visit our Youtube channel
EN | DE | EL | ES | FR | IT | RU
VolcanoDiscovery GmbH, Germany, Reg. nr.: HRB 103744, EU Tax Id: DE 310 395 322 owned and created by
Dr. Tom Pfeiffer, volcanologist, volcano photographer, tour organizer member of
IAVCEI
Volcanological Society
Ecotourism Greece
Insured by R+V
VolcanoDiscovery © 2004- All Rights Reserved | Privacy - cookie settings