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Major mag. 7.1 earthquake - Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea on Thursday, 7 December 1989

Major mag. 7.1 earthquake  - Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea on Thursday, 7 December 1989
Date & time: Thursday, 7 December 1989 13:38 UTC
Magnitude: 7.1
Depth: 104.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.436°S / 146.383°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Yelia (90 km / 56 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
60 km (37 mi) SE of Kainantu (pop: 8,500)
74 km (46 mi) NW of Lae (pop: 76,300)
90 km (56 mi) NW of Bulolo (pop: 16,000)
107 km (66 mi) NW of Wau (pop: 14,600)
117 km (73 mi) SE of Goroka (pop: 18,500)
150 km (93 mi) SE of Madang (pop: 27,400)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1015 joules (783 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 6.7 x 105 tons of TNT or 42.1 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 7 Dec 13:38 UTCM 7.1 / 104.4 kmEastern New Guinea Region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 7.1 quake: Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea, 7 Dec 1989 13:38

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (120 quakes):
  • 05 Nov 1991 06:56 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    105.3 km (65.4 mi) depth
    |
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea on Tuesday, 5 November 1991
  • 04 Nov 1991 06:24 UTC
    | M 6.2 |
    49.9 km (31 mi) depth
    |
    205 km (127 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 4 November 1991
  • 20 Sep 1991 12:24 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    145.7 km (90.5 mi) depth
    |
    112 km (70 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Sep 1991 17:47 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    214.5 km (133.3 mi) depth
    |
    129 km (80 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Sep 1991 14:57 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    224.3 km (139.4 mi) depth
    |
    130 km (80 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Sep 1991 10:27 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    82.6 km (51.3 mi) depth
    |
    114 km (71 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Jul 1991 07:12 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    168.4 km (104.6 mi) depth
    |
    40 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 26 Jul 1991 00:34 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    92.4 km (57.4 mi) depth
    |
    162 km (100 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Jun 1991 09:20 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    200.7 km (124.7 mi) depth
    |
    129 km (80 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 Jun 1991 14:52 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    50.7 km (31.5 mi) depth
    |
    55 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Jun 1991 12:01 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    107.6 km (66.9 mi) depth
    |
    122 km (76 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 May 1991 12:40 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    61.9 km (38.5 mi) depth
    |
    62 km (38 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 May 1991 10:18 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    125.8 km (78.2 mi) depth
    |
    112 km (70 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 25 May 1991 15:27 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    90.4 km (56.2 mi) depth
    |
    80 km (50 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 May 1991 19:21 UTC
    | M 4.7 |
    150.1 km (93.3 mi) depth
    |
    164 km (102 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 May 1991 00:50 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    88.6 km (55.1 mi) depth
    |
    123 km (76 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Major mag. 7.1 earthquake - Eastern New Guinea Region, Papua New Guinea on Thursday, 7 December 1989
 

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