Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 136 km southwest of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, on Friday, 26 May 1939 at 17:50 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 136 km southwest of Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, on Friday, 26 May 1939 at 17:50 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 25 km depth

Date & time: 26 May 1939 17:50:27 UTC
Magnitude: 6.3
Depth: 25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.619°S / 140.157°E (Papua, Indonesia)
Nearby towns and cities:
125 km (78 mi) SSW of Abepura (Papua) (pop: 62,200) --> See nearby quakes!
136 km (84 mi) SSW of Jayapura (Papua) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
164 km (102 mi) SW of Vanimo (Sandaun, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
249 km (155 mi) WSW of Aitape (Sandaun, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 5,550) --> See nearby quakes!
303 km (188 mi) WNW of Ambunti (East Sepik, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!
305 km (190 mi) NNW of Kiunga (North Fly, Western Province, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
386 km (240 mi) W of Wewak (East Sepik, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
399 km (248 mi) NW of Tari (Papua New Guinea) (pop: 8,190) --> See nearby quakes!
479 km (298 mi) NW of Mendi (Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
518 km (322 mi) NW of Ialibu (Southern Highlands, Papua New Guinea) (pop: 6,920) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
6.325 kmPapua, IndonesiaUSGS
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