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Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 97 km south of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, May 19, 1954 at 23:07 GMT

Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 97 km south of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, May 19, 1954 at 23:07 GMT Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 97 km south of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, May 19, 1954 at 23:07 GMT

Strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 35 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 19, 1954 23:07:21 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.215°S / 152.223°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.215°N / 27.777°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoLikuruanga (97 km / 60 mi)
Nearby towns and cities97 km (60 mi) S of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
113 km (70 mi) S of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
234 km (145 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
316 km (196 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
334 km (207 mi) SSE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
381 km (237 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
387 km (240 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
420 km (261 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
733 km (456 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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6.235 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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