Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 70 km southeast of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 6 May 1987 at 19:31 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 15 km depth
1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Depth: 15.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 9.345°S / 148.482°E (Northern Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Managlase (34 km / 21 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
70 km (44 mi) SSE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
97 km (60 mi) ESE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
147 km (91 mi) E of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
242 km (150 mi) WNW of Alotau (Milne Bay) (pop: 10,000) --> See nearby quakes!
296 km (184 mi) SE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
313 km (194 mi) SE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
334 km (208 mi) SSE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
335 km (208 mi) ESE of Kerema (Gulf) (pop: 5,650) --> See nearby quakes!
460 km (286 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
498 km (309 mi) SE of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) More info
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|5.3||15 km||eastern New Guinea region, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
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