Very strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 27 km east of Aitape, Sandaun, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 22 March 1962 at 15:13 (GMT)
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Very strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake at 35 km depth
Date & time: 22 Mar 1962 15:13:09 UTC
Depth: 35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.225°S / 142.572°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Kairinu (86 km / 53 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
27 km (17 mi) ESE of Aitape (pop: 5,550) --> See nearby quakes!
114 km (71 mi) NNW of Ambunti (pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (77 mi) WNW of Wewak (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
153 km (95 mi) ESE of Vanimo (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
220 km (137 mi) ESE of Jayapura (Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
227 km (141 mi) ESE of Abepura (Indonesia) (pop: 62,200) --> See nearby quakes!
346 km (215 mi) NNW of Mt Hagen (Dei District) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
347 km (215 mi) NNW of Mendi (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
420 km (261 mi) WNW of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
860 km (534 mi) NW of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1014 joules (69.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 60036 tons of TNT or 3.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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|6.4||35 km||near the north coast of New Guinea, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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