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Major mag. 7.3 earthquake - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 12 February 1968

Major mag. 7.3 earthquake  - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 12 February 1968
1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 1 year 46 weeks.
Date & time: Monday, 12 February 1968 05:44 UTC
Magnitude: 7.3
Depth: 30.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.42°S / 153.368°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Ambitle (152 km / 94 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
144 km (90 mi) W of Buka (pop: 0)
171 km (106 mi) SE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300)
190 km (118 mi) SE of Rabaul (pop: 8,100)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1015 joules (1562 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.3 x 106 tons of TNT or 84 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Aftershocks of the 7.3 quake: New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea, 12 Feb 1968 05h44

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List of recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes):
  • 20 Jan 1970 15:12 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    170 km (105.6 mi) depth
    |
    108 km (67 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Oct 1969 07:12 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    65 km (40.4 mi) depth
    |
    112 km (70 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Aug 1969 10:58 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    40 km (24.9 mi) depth
    |
    144 km (89 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Aug 1969 01:49 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    |
    85 km (53 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Aug 1969 16:32 UTC
    | M 6.1 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    39 km (24 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, 5 August 1969
  • 03 Aug 1969 00:22 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    30 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    134 km (83 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Nov 1968 01:10 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    45 km (28 mi) depth
    |
    157 km (98 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 09 Mar 1968 03:19 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    75 km (46.6 mi) depth
    |
    83 km (51 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Feb 1968 13:55 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    30 km (18.6 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (8 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Map of aftershocks

Significant earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Major mag. 7.3 earthquake - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 12 February 1968

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