Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 10 September 1985 at 04:07 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake  - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 10 September 1985 at 04:07 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 10 Sep 1985 04:07:47 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.394°S / 149.733°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Garbuna (110 km / 68 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
29 km (18 mi) SE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
104 km (65 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
305 km (189 mi) E of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
311 km (193 mi) NNE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
349 km (217 mi) ENE of Wau (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
353 km (220 mi) ENE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
362 km (225 mi) SW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
363 km (226 mi) SW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
446 km (277 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
456 km (283 mi) ESE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1014 joules (98.6 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 84802 tons of TNT or 5.3 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 6.510 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.5 quake New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, 10 September 1985 04:07 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (38 quakes):
  • 09 Mar 1986 03:49 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    105 km (65 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Feb 1986 08:11 UTC
    | M 4.0 |
    65.4 km (40.6 mi) depth
    |
    74 km (46 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 23 Jan 1986 17:26 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    103 km (64 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Dec 1985 12:15 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    13.1 km (8.1 mi) depth
    |
    76 km (48 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Dec 1985 02:50 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    117.8 km (73.2 mi) depth
    |
    88 km (55 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Nov 1985 22:17 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Nov 1985 14:21 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Nov 1985 08:45 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    50.2 km (31.2 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 22 November 1985 at 08:45 (GMT)
  • 12 Nov 1985 12:45 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    51 km (31 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Nov 1985 13:30 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Nov 1985 01:00 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    28.5 km (17.7 mi) depth
    |
    62 km (39 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 09 Nov 1985 18:35 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    156.7 km (97.4 mi) depth
    |
    79 km (49 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Oct 1985 01:44 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    90.3 km (56.1 mi) depth
    |
    98 km (61 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Oct 1985 07:12 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    65 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 Sep 1985 20:30 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Sep 1985 21:19 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    55.1 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    34 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Strong mag. 6.5 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 10 September 1985 at 04:07 (GMT)
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