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Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - 176 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, December 17, 1972 at 18:00 GMT

Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - 176 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, December 17, 1972 at 18:00 GMT Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - 176 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, December 17, 1972 at 18:00 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 41 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 17, 1972 18:00:51 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.7
Depth40.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.59°S / 153.244°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.59°N / 26.756°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoAmbitle (174 km / 108 mi)
Nearby towns and cities176 km (109 mi) SE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
196 km (122 mi) SE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
261 km (162 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
267 km (166 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
300 km (186 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
344 km (214 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
432 km (268 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
486 km (302 mi) NW of Gizo (New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands) (pop: 6,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
799 km (496 mi) ENE 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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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.741 kmNew Ireland region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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User reports for this quake

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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Jan 24, 1973 12:18
50 years ago
5.0

55 km
137 km SE of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 21, 1973 12:19
50 years ago
4.6

46 km
94 km SE of Wallis Island, New Ireland, Papua New GuineaMore

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