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Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 212 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, July 11, 1972 at 15:46 GMT

Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 212 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, July 11, 1972 at 15:46 GMT Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - 212 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, July 11, 1972 at 15:46 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 20 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeJul 11, 1972 15:46:10 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.6
Depth20.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude6.064°S / 153.099°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode6.064°N / 26.901°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoTore (204 km / 127 mi)
Nearby towns and cities212 km (132 mi) SSE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
232 km (144 mi) SSE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
265 km (165 mi) W of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
273 km (170 mi) W of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
296 km (184 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
333 km (207 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
393 km (244 mi) E of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
465 km (289 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
757 km (471 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.620 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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User reports for this quake

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There are no user reports for this quake.

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Aug 21, 1972 08:47
50 years ago
5.8

38 km
183 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 17, 1972 23:44
50 years ago
7.5

20 km
204 km S of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore

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