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Major mag. 7.4 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea on Friday, 16 October 1987

Major mag. 7.4 earthquake  - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea on Friday, 16 October 1987
Date & time: Friday, 16 October 1987 20:48 UTC
Magnitude: 7.4
Depth: 47.8 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.266°S / 149.06°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Tangi (99 km / 62 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
54 km (34 mi) W of Kandrian (pop: 1000)
138 km (86 mi) NE of Finschhafen (pop: 1,100)
143 km (89 mi) SW of Kimbe (pop: 18,800)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 7.9 x 1015 joules (2206 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.9 x 106 tons of TNT or 118.7 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Fri, 16 Oct 20:48 UTCM 7.4 / 47.8 kmNew Britain Region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 7.4 quake: New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, 16 Oct 1987 20:48

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (326 quakes):
  • 15 Oct 1989 22:46 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    74.3 km (46.2 mi) depth
    |
    230 km (143 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Oct 1989 16:33 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    55.8 km (34.7 mi) depth
    |
    37 km (23 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Oct 1989 15:21 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    180.8 km (112.3 mi) depth
    |
    195 km (121 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Oct 1989 15:15 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    81.5 km (50.6 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Oct 1989 01:47 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    153 km (95 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 30 Sep 1989 04:16 UTC
    | M 5.7 |
    50.5 km (31.4 mi) depth
    |
    84 km (52 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Sep 1989 00:28 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    59.2 km (36.8 mi) depth
    |
    141 km (88 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Sep 1989 15:16 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    75.2 km (46.7 mi) depth
    |
    158 km (98 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Sep 1989 15:02 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    145 km (90 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Sep 1989 05:12 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    67.8 km (42.1 mi) depth
    |
    191 km (119 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Sep 1989 12:31 UTC
    | M 3.9 |
    65.2 km (40.5 mi) depth
    |
    87 km (54 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Sep 1989 09:18 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    170 km (105 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Sep 1989 01:07 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    60.8 km (37.8 mi) depth
    |
    137 km (85 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Sep 1989 17:16 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    200 km (124.3 mi) depth
    |
    222 km (138 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 27 Aug 1989 03:00 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    67.2 km (41.8 mi) depth
    |
    193 km (120 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Aug 1989 22:22 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    57.3 km (35.6 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Major mag. 7.4 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea on Friday, 16 October 1987
 

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