Strong mag. 6.1 earthquake - Central Province, 89 km east of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 9 March 1979 at 01:26 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 6.1 earthquake at 33 km depth
1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.558°S / 147.959°E (Central Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Musa River (34 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
80 km (49 mi) SSE of Kokoda (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (55 mi) E of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
93 km (58 mi) SSW of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
282 km (175 mi) SSE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
286 km (178 mi) WNW of Alotau (Milne Bay) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
299 km (186 mi) SSE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
333 km (207 mi) SSE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
479 km (298 mi) SE of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
506 km (315 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
582 km (361 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: 8.9 x 1013 joules (24.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 21301 tons of TNT or 1.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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|6.1||33 km||eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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