Very strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - 95 km south of Vanimo, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 2 December 1953 at 04:24 (GMT)
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Very strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 25 km depth
Date & time: 2 Dec 1953 04:24:56 UTC
Depth: 25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.507°S / 141.53°E (West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Kairinu (205 km / 127 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
95 km (59 mi) SSE of Vanimo (Sandaun) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) WSW of Aitape (Sandaun) (pop: 5,550) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (88 mi) SE of Jayapura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
142 km (88 mi) SE of Abepura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 62,200) --> See nearby quakes!
233 km (145 mi) W of Wewak (East Sepik) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
292 km (181 mi) N of Kiunga (North Fly, Western Province) (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
377 km (234 mi) NW of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
397 km (247 mi) NW of Mt Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
515 km (320 mi) WNW of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
909 km (565 mi) NW of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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|6.6||25 km||New Guinea, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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