Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 50 km south of Rooke Island, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 13:01 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake  - Solomon Sea, 50 km south of Rooke Island, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 13:01 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

16 Dec 13:09 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Dec 16 13:16: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.3.
Date & time: 16 Dec 2018 13:01:13 UTC
Magnitude: 5.3
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.07°S / 147.8°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Umboi (89 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
115 km (71 mi) NE of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
180 km (112 mi) NE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
185 km (115 mi) NE of Wau (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
215 km (134 mi) E of Kainantu (pop: 8,510) --> See nearby quakes!
242 km (150 mi) ESE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
265 km (165 mi) WSW of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
267 km (166 mi) E of Goroka (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
304 km (189 mi) N of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
386 km (240 mi) N of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
396 km (246 mi) E of Mt Hagen (Dei District) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
50 km (31 mi) SSW of Rooke Island --> See nearby quakes!
331 km (206 mi) W of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.310 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G.GFZ
M 5.180 km EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.EMSC
M 5.467 kmEastern New Guinea Region, PNGGeoAu
M 5.066 km- 37km NW of Finschhafen, Papua New GuineaUSGS

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Aftershocks of the 5.3 quake Solomon Sea, 50 km south of Rooke Island, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, 16 December 2018 13:01 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):
So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

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Moderate mag. 5.3 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 50 km south of Rooke Island, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 16 December 2018 at 13:01 (GMT)
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