Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 5 May 1972 at 23:16 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 30 km depth
Depth: 30.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.255°S / 152.618°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Rabaul (Tavurvur) (46 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
40 km (25 mi) ENE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
51 km (32 mi) E of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
276 km (171 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
310 km (193 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
394 km (245 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
403 km (251 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
838 km (520 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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|M 6.6||30 km||New Britain region, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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Aftershocks of the 6.6 quake New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, 5 May 1972 23:16 GMT
More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
- 07 Oct 1972 12:34 UTC| M 5.7 |85 km (52.8 mi) depth|64 km (40 mi) distance| USGS | Details
- 30 Jul 1972 20:13 UTC| M 6.0 |10 km (6.2 mi) depth|52 km (32 mi) distance| USGS | Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 30 July 1972 at 20:13 (GMT)
- 30 Jul 1972 17:40 UTC| M 6.0 |10 km (6.2 mi) depth|49 km (31 mi) distance| USGS | Strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 30 July 1972 at 17:40 (GMT)