Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - 72 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 31 July 1960 at 02:55 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake  - 72 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 31 July 1960 at 02:55 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.7 earthquake at 25 km depth

Date & time: 31 Jul 1960 02:55:47 UTC
Magnitude: 6.7
Depth: 25.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.19°S / 150.032°E (West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Garbuna (82 km / 51 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
54 km (33 mi) E of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) S of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
322 km (200 mi) SW of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
324 km (201 mi) SW of Rabaul (East New Britain) (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
341 km (212 mi) E of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
348 km (217 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
388 km (241 mi) ENE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
391 km (243 mi) ENE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
411 km (255 mi) S of Kavieng (New Ireland) (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
484 km (301 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 7.1 x 1014 joules (197 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 10.6 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 6.725 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.7 quake 72 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, 31 July 1960 02:55 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 31 Jul 1960 07:04 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Strong mag. 6.7 earthquake - 72 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 31 July 1960 at 02:55 (GMT)

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