Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - 1 km southwest of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 17 March 1949 at 21:05 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - 1 km southwest of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 17 March 1949 at 21:05 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 55 km depth

Date & time: 17 Mar 1949 21:05:15 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 55.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.014°S / 151.664°E (East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Likuruanga (32 km / 20 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
100 km (62 mi) SW of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
106 km (66 mi) SSW of Rabaul (East New Britain) (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
179 km (111 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
269 km (167 mi) ENE of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
288 km (179 mi) SSE of Kavieng (New Ireland) (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
453 km (281 mi) WNW of Arawa (Bougainville) (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
564 km (350 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
610 km (379 mi) NE of Kokoda (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
703 km (437 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.555 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake 1 km southwest of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, 17 March 1949 21:05 GMT

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - 1 km southwest of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 17 March 1949 at 21:05 (GMT)
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