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Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - 33 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, May 12, 1973 at 22:46 GMT

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - 33 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, May 12, 1973 at 22:46 GMT Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - 33 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, May 12, 1973 at 22:46 GMT

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 44 km depth

Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 12, 1973 22:46:15 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.8
Depth44.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude4.773°S / 152.476°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode4.773°N / 27.524°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoRabaul (Tavurvur) (64 km / 40 mi)
Nearby towns and cities53 km (33 mi) SSE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
73 km (45 mi) SSE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
273 km (170 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
308 km (191 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
361 km (225 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
375 km (233 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
379 km (235 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
418 km (260 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
787 km (489 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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

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