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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 195 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:08 am (GMT +10) -

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 195 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:08 am (GMT +10) Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 195 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:08 am (GMT +10)

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 35 km depth

18 Nov 14:14 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 7 minutes.
18 Nov 14:15: Now using data updates from GFZ
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18 Nov 15:08: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 36.3 to 34.9 km (from 23 to 22 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 6.9 km (4.3 mi) towards E.

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 18, 2021 14:08:05 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Nov 19, 2021 at 12:08 am (GMT +10)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude6.2
Depth34.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.3134°S / 153.7363°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.313°N / 26.264°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt18 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAmbitle (136 km / 85 mi)
Nearby towns and cities195 km (121 mi) ESE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
214 km (133 mi) SE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
223 km (139 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
227 km (141 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
269 km (167 mi) NW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
399 km (248 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
447 km (277 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
463 km (287 mi) NW of Gizo (New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands) (pop: 6,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
861 km (535 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
332 km (206 mi) E of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 28.9°C (84 F), humidity: 70%, wind: 7 m/s (13 kts) from NNE
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.235 km194 Km ESE of Kokopo, Papua New GuineaUSGS
6.555 kmPapua New Guinea: NEW IRELAND REGION, P.N.G.EMSC
6.368 kmPapua New Guinea: New Ireland Region, P.N.G.BMKG
6.210 kmPapua New Guinea: Near Port MoresbyRENASS
6.518 kmPapua New Guinea [Sea]INGV
6.544 km189 Km SE of Kokopo, Papua New GuineaGFZ
6.467 kmPapua New Guinea: New Ireland Region, P.N.G.GeoAu

Seismograms

Seismic station: Honiara, Solomon Islands (HNR/IU network) | Distance from quake: 824 km / 512 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Honiara, Solomon Islands: 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 (21)

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Kokopo / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : Woke up from sleep bed swaying house on posts swaying stood up on floor preparing to run out of house but eased after ten minutes no stuff or furniture fell but scary | 5 users found this interesting.  
Kokopo, East New Britain (192 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Light shaking. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Arawa (226.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Telatu, Bougainville (96.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) / complex motion difficult to describe / several minutes
Bialla, West New Britain, PNG (298.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Hutjena, Bougainville (104.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Buka (104.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Rabaul, East New Britain (219.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Buka, Bougainville (104.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s
Rabaul, PNG (194 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 minutes
Lihir / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Tully / not felt (reported through our app)
Port Moresby / not felt
Madang, PapauNewGuinea / not felt
Kokopo / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vertical swinging (up and down) / very short
Buka / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Moderate shaking  
Kokopau, Selau district, Bougainville / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Moderate shaking  
Buka / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Buka town / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Buka Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s
Bougainville / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Na  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (8 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
May 5, 2022 15:26
30 weeks ago
4.5

145 km
Solomon Sea, 172 km NW of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 19, 2022 16:21
37 weeks ago
4.9

61 km
Solomon Sea, 137 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 9, 2022 09:13
47 weeks ago
4.9

83 km
South Pacific Ocean, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 22, 2021 22:07
49 weeks ago
4.4

154 km
Solomon Sea, 172 km NW of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 22, 2021 02:20
49 weeks ago
4.7

44 km
Solomon Sea, 194 km W of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 17, 2021 03:44
50 weeks ago
4.6

79 km
South Pacific Ocean, 156 km SE of Kokopo, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 7, 2021 20:55
52 weeks ago
4.9

51 km
South Pacific Ocean, 147 km E of Kokopo, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 2, 2021 09:09
1 year 0 weeks ago
4.6

52 km
Solomon Sea, 155 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore

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