Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Central Province, 97 km east of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 14 November 1979 at 09:42 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Central Province, 97 km east of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 14 November 1979 at 09:42 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 48 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Date & time: 14 Nov 1979 09:42:09 UTC
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 48.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.641°S / 148.022°E (Central Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Musa River (39 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
90 km (56 mi) SSE of Kokoda (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
97 km (60 mi) E of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) SSW of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
277 km (172 mi) WNW of Alotau (Milne Bay) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
294 km (182 mi) SSE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
310 km (193 mi) SE of Kerema (Gulf) (pop: 5,650) --> See nearby quakes!
311 km (193 mi) SSE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
344 km (214 mi) SSE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
442 km (275 mi) SSE of Kainantu (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 8,510) --> See nearby quakes!
491 km (305 mi) SE of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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5.048 kmeastern New Guinea region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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