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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 137 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, January 24, 1973 at 12:18 GMT

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 137 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, January 24, 1973 at 12:18 GMT Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 137 km southeast of Kokopo, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, January 24, 1973 at 12:18 GMT

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 55 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 24, 1973 12:18:14 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth55.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.394°S / 152.921°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.394°N / 27.079°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoRabaul (Tavurvur) (148 km / 92 mi)
Nearby towns and cities137 km (85 mi) SSE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
157 km (98 mi) SSE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
302 km (187 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
307 km (191 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
309 km (192 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
341 km (212 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
384 km (239 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
392 km (244 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
782 km (486 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.055 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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