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Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - 96 km east of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, October 7, 1972 at 12:34 GMT

Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - 96 km east of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, October 7, 1972 at 12:34 GMT Moderate mag. 5.7 earthquake - 96 km east of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, October 7, 1972 at 12:34 GMT

Moderate magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 85 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 7, 1972 12:34:57 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.7
Depth85.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude4.573°S / 153.101°E (South Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode4.573°N / 26.899°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAmbitle (82 km / 51 mi)
Nearby towns and cities96 km (60 mi) ESE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (70 mi) ESE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
328 km (204 mi) NW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
329 km (205 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
339 km (211 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
346 km (215 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
375 km (233 mi) NW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
433 km (269 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
854 km (530 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.785 kmNew Ireland region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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