Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake - 190 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, December 25, 1967 at 01:23 GMT

Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake - 190 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, December 25, 1967 at 01:23 GMT Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake - 190 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, December 25, 1967 at 01:23 GMT

Major magnitude 7.2 earthquake at 35 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 25, 1967 01:23:32 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude7.2
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.208°S / 153.742°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.208°N / 26.258°W
Shaking intensityVery strong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAmbitle (126 km / 78 mi)
Nearby towns and cities190 km (118 mi) ESE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
208 km (129 mi) ESE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
229 km (142 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
232 km (144 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
275 km (171 mi) NW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
401 km (249 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
439 km (273 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
470 km (292 mi) NW of Gizo (New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands) (pop: 6,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
868 km (540 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1015 joules (1106 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 9.5 x 105 tons of TNT or 59.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
7.235 kmNew Ireland region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (11 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Oct 22, 1969 07:12
53 years ago
5.7

65 km
21 km SW of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 14, 1969 10:58
53 years ago
5.8

40 km
81 km SE of Ailo Island, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 7, 1969 01:49
53 years ago
5.6

100 km
70 km NW of Taiof Island, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 5, 1969 16:32
53 years ago
6.1

35 km
193 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 3, 1969 00:22
53 years ago
5.9

30 km
Latangai Island, New Ireland, 83 km E of Kokopo, Papua New GuineaMore
Nov 26, 1968 01:10
54 years ago
5.8

45 km
66 km SE of Ailo Island, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 9, 1968 03:19
54 years ago
5.7

75 km
63 km W of Taiof Island, Bougainville, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 19, 1968 13:55
55 years ago
5.7

30 km
167 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 12, 1968 05:44
55 years ago
7.3

30 km
90 km SE of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 7, 1968 09:56
55 years ago
5.7

117 km
203 km E of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 2, 1968 00:21
55 years ago
5.9

60 km
76 km SE of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore

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