Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - Northern Province, 188 km east of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, 21 September 1959 at 02:08 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 20 km depth
Depth: 20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.64°S / 148.859°E (Northern Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Waiowa (25 km / 16 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
119 km (74 mi) SE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
150 km (93 mi) SE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
188 km (117 mi) E of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
191 km (118 mi) WNW of Alotau (Milne Bay) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
225 km (140 mi) WNW of Samarai (Milne Bay) (pop: 1,640) --> See nearby quakes!
348 km (216 mi) SE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
365 km (227 mi) SE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
384 km (238 mi) SSE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
387 km (241 mi) ESE of Kerema (Gulf) (pop: 5,650) --> See nearby quakes!
550 km (342 mi) SE of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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|5.8||20 km||eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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