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Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake - Latangai Island, New Ireland, 67 km east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, April 23, 1953 at 16:24 GMT

Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake - Latangai Island, New Ireland, 67 km east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, April 23, 1953 at 16:24 GMT Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake - Latangai Island, New Ireland, 67 km east of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, April 23, 1953 at 16:24 GMT

Major magnitude 7.4 earthquake at 35 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeApr 23, 1953 16:24:33 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude7.4
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude4.449°S / 152.868°E (New Ireland, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode4.449°N / 27.132°W
Shaking intensityVery strong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoRabaul (Tavurvur) (76 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities67 km (42 mi) E of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
83 km (52 mi) ESE of Rabaul (East New Britain) (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
311 km (193 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
326 km (203 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
357 km (222 mi) NW of Panguna (Bougainville) (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
358 km (223 mi) WNW of Arawa (Bougainville) (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
404 km (251 mi) NW of Buin (Bougainville) (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
416 km (259 mi) ENE of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
843 km (524 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released7.9 x 1015 joules (2206 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.9 x 106 tons of TNT or 118.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.435 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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User reports for this quake

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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Dec 28, 1954 01:00
68 years ago
6.3

35 km
27 km NE of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 4, 1954 07:00
68 years ago
6.3

35 km
Wallis Island, 93 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jul 13, 1954 08:04
68 years ago
6.2

15 km
57 km SW of Sandwich Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore
May 19, 1954 23:07
69 years ago
6.2

35 km
97 km S of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 5, 1954 09:19
69 years ago
6.7

35 km
47 km SE of Latangai Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 6, 1953 21:38
69 years ago
6.6

20 km
184 km NW of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 25, 1953 02:04
69 years ago
6.3

30 km
53 km SW of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore

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