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Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 57 km southwest of Sandwich Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, Jul 13, 1954 at 8:04 am (GMT +0)

Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 57 km southwest of Sandwich Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, Jul 13, 1954 at 8:04 am (GMT +0) Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - 57 km southwest of Sandwich Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, Jul 13, 1954 at 8:04 am (GMT +0)

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 15 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeJul 13, 1954 08:04:49 UTC
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Jul 13, 1954 at 8:04 am (GMT +0)
Depth15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude3.242°S / 150.462°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode3.242°N / 29.538°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanounnamed (173 km / 107 mi)
Nearby towns and cities83 km (52 mi) SSW of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
217 km (135 mi) WNW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
235 km (146 mi) WNW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
259 km (161 mi) N of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
345 km (214 mi) NNE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
379 km (236 mi) ESE of Lorengau (Manus District) (pop: 5,810) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
545 km (339 mi) NE of Lae (pop: 76,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
784 km (487 mi) NNE 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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6.215 kmNew Ireland region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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User reports for this quake

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