Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - 53 km south of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 12 August 1977 at 21:45 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 33 km depth
1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.244°S / 148.28°E (Northern Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Musa River (18 km / 11 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
53 km (33 mi) S of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) SE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (170 mi) SE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
290 km (180 mi) SE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
314 km (195 mi) SSE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
459 km (285 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
475 km (295 mi) SE of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
525 km (326 mi) SSE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
584 km (363 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: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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|5.5||33 km||eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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More infoRecorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
- 13 Aug 1977 00:00 UTC| M 4.7 |33 km (20.5 mi) depth|14 km (9 mi) distance| USGS | Details