Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - 51 km south of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 16 September 1976 at 11:26 (GMT)

Strong mag. 5.9 earthquake - 51 km south of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 16 September 1976 at 11:26 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.9 earthquake at 15 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: 16 Sep 1976 11:26:36 UTC
Magnitude: 5.9
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.214°S / 148.139°E (Northern Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Musa River (11 km / 7 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
51 km (32 mi) S of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
58 km (36 mi) SE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
112 km (70 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
261 km (162 mi) SE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
278 km (173 mi) SE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
304 km (189 mi) SSE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
462 km (287 mi) SE of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
463 km (288 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
514 km (320 mi) SSE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
570 km (354 mi) SE of Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 4.5 x 1013 joules (12.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 10676 tons of TNT or 0.7 atomic bombs!) More info
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5.915 kmeastern New Guinea region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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