Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 483 km northeast of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, 12 December 1964 at 07:20 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 20 km depth
Date & time: 12 Dec 1964 07:20:00 UTC
Depth: 20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.91°S / 150.685°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Buru (143 km / 89 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
148 km (92 mi) ESE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
163 km (101 mi) SSE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) SSW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
340 km (211 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
343 km (213 mi) SSW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
380 km (236 mi) N of Alotau (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
408 km (253 mi) E of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
441 km (274 mi) E of Wau (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
448 km (278 mi) E of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
483 km (300 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> 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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|M 5.8||20 km||New Britain region, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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