Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Southern Highlands Province, 24 km southwest of Tari, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 20 August 1993 at 05:06 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.2 earthquake - Southern Highlands Province, 24 km southwest of Tari, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 20 August 1993 at 05:06 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake at 15 km depth

Date & time: 20 Aug 1993 05:06:53 UTC
Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 14.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.997°S / 142.743°E (Southern Highlands Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Sisa (15 km / 9 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
24 km (15 mi) WSW of Tari (pop: 8,190) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (64 mi) W of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (64 mi) W of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) WSW of Wabag (Enga) (pop: 3,960) --> See nearby quakes!
142 km (88 mi) WNW of Ialibu (Southern Highlands) (pop: 6,920) --> See nearby quakes!
165 km (103 mi) W of Mt Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
290 km (180 mi) SSW of Wewak (East Sepik) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) W of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
348 km (216 mi) WSW of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
621 km (386 mi) NW of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1014 joules (35 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 30089 tons of TNT or 1.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.215 kmNew Guinea, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes):
  • 03 Feb 1994 13:29 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    14.5 km (9 mi) depth
    58 km (36 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Feb 1994 13:19 UTC
    | M 4.8 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    39 km (24 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Oct 1993 06:29 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    24 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Sep 1993 03:28 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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