Major magnitude 7.9 earthquake - 25 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, January 1, 1916 at 13:20 GMT

Major magnitude 7.9 earthquake - 25 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, January 1, 1916 at 13:20 GMT Major magnitude 7.9 earthquake - 25 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, January 1, 1916 at 13:20 GMT

Major magnitude 7.9 earthquake at 35 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 1, 1916 13:20:49 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude7.9
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude4.739°S / 152.548°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode4.739°N / 27.452°W
Shaking intensityVery strong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoRabaul (Tavurvur) (65 km / 40 mi)
Nearby towns and cities54 km (33 mi) SE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
74 km (46 mi) SE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
282 km (175 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
310 km (192 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
369 km (230 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
370 km (230 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
373 km (232 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
413 km (257 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
795 km (494 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released4.5 x 1016 joules (12408 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.1 x 107 tons of TNT or 667.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.935 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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