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Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, Jan 16, 2022 at 11:52 pm (GMT +11) -

Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, Jan 16, 2022 at 11:52 pm (GMT +11) Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, Jan 16, 2022 at 11:52 pm (GMT +11)

Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 408 km depth

16 Jan 12:59 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
16 Jan 13:01: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 401.0 to 399.0 km (from 249 to 248 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.5 km (2.2 mi) towards WNW.
16 Jan 13:09: Now using data updates from USGS

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 16, 2022 12:52:10 UTC -
Local time at epicenterSunday, Jan 16, 2022 at 11:52 pm (GMT +11)
Depth408.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude6.4459°S / 154.8206°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode6.446°N / 25.179°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt2 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoBagana (54 km / 34 mi)
Nearby towns and cities910 km (565 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 28.4°C (83 F), humidity: 72%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from NE
Estimated seismic energy released8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 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.
6.1408 km74 Km W of Panguna, Papua New GuineaUSGS
6.1409 kmPapua New Guinea: BOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G.EMSC
6.1408 kmPapua New Guinea: Solomon IslandsRaspberryShake
5.7384 kmPapua New Guinea: Near Port MoresbyRENASS
6.0402 kmPapua New Guinea [Sea]INGV
6.1399 kmPapua New Guinea: Solomon IslandsGFZ
6.0402 kmPapua New Guinea: Solomon IslandsGeoAu


Seismic station: Tucson, Arizona (TUC/IU network) | Distance from quake: 10802 km / 6712 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Tucson, Arizona: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-2.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (2)

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Arawa (85.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 minutes
Gizo, Western Province (289.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Vibrating (reported through our app)  


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
May 11, 2022 22:24
46 weeks ago

10 km
Solomon Sea, 90 km SW of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 19, 2022 23:18
1 year 6 weeks ago

101 km
Solomon Sea, 78 km W of Arawa, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore

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