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Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - 183 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, August 21, 1972 at 08:47 GMT

Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - 183 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, August 21, 1972 at 08:47 GMT Strong mag. 5.8 earthquake - 183 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, August 21, 1972 at 08:47 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 38 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 21, 1972 08:47:07 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.8
Depth37.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.826°S / 152.986°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.826°N / 27.014°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoRabaul (Tavurvur) (193 km / 120 mi)
Nearby towns and cities183 km (114 mi) SSE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
203 km (126 mi) SSE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
282 km (175 mi) W of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
289 km (180 mi) W of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
316 km (196 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
317 km (197 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
383 km (238 mi) E of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
436 km (271 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
761 km (473 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.838 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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