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Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 53 km southwest of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, August 25, 1953 at 02:04 GMT

Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 53 km southwest of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, August 25, 1953 at 02:04 GMT Very strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - 53 km southwest of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, August 25, 1953 at 02:04 GMT

Very strong magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 30 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 25, 1953 02:04:20 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude6.3
Depth30.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.188°S / 152.58°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.188°N / 27.42°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoRabaul (Tavurvur) (110 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and cities100 km (62 mi) SSE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
119 km (74 mi) SSE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
273 km (170 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
345 km (214 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
350 km (218 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
352 km (219 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
354 km (220 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
385 km (240 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
766 km (476 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1.8 x 1014 joules (49.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 42502 tons of TNT or 2.7 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
6.330 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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