Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 44 km northeast of Aitape, Sandaun, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 19:18 (GMT) -

Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 44 km northeast of Aitape, Sandaun, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 21 May 2020 at 19:18 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

21 May 19:29 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 10 minutes.
May 21 20:34: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.5.
Date & time: 21 May 2020 19:18:50 UTC -
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 2.98°S / 142.71°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Kairinu (76 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
44 km (27 mi) ENE of Aitape (pop: 5,550) --> See nearby quakes!
120 km (75 mi) WNW of Wewak (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
138 km (86 mi) N of Ambunti (pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!
160 km (99 mi) E of Vanimo (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
227 km (141 mi) ESE of Jayapura (Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
235 km (146 mi) E of Abepura (Indonesia) (pop: 62,200) --> See nearby quakes!
362 km (225 mi) NNW of Mt Hagen (Dei District) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
368 km (228 mi) NNW of Mendi (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
423 km (263 mi) NW of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
874 km (543 mi) NW of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
375 km (233 mi) NE of New Guinea Island (pop: 11,818,000) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) 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.
5.510 kmNear N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG. (Papua New Guinea)GFZ
5.210 kmNear N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG. (Papua New Guinea)BMKG
5.110 kmNear N Coast Of New Guinea, Png. (Papua New Guinea)EMSC
5.110 km60km ENE of Aitape, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.139 kmNear N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG. (Papua New Guinea)GeoAu

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