Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 5 February 2002 at 13:27 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake  - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 5 February 2002 at 13:27 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 39 km depth

Date & time: 5 Feb 2002 13:27:24 UTC
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 39.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.345°S / 151.248°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Hargy (16 km / 10 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
125 km (78 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
159 km (99 mi) SW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
163 km (101 mi) SW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
211 km (131 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
312 km (194 mi) S of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
505 km (314 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
552 km (343 mi) NE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) --> See nearby quakes!
575 km (357 mi) SE of Lorengau (Manus District) (pop: 5,810) --> See nearby quakes!
644 km (400 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 5 x 1014 joules (139 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1.2 x 105 tons of TNT or 7.5 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.639 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.6 quake New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, 5 February 2002 13:27 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes):
  • 24 Jun 2002 05:46 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    108 km (67 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Jun 2002 11:39 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    87.6 km (54.4 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 May 2002 13:15 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (21 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 May 2002 03:11 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Mar 2002 07:20 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    48.7 km (30.3 mi) depth
    |
    39 km (24 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Mar 2002 20:50 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    96 km (60 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Feb 2002 06:33 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33.3 km (20.7 mi) depth
    |
    56 km (35 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Feb 2002 01:50 UTC
    | M 6.3 |
    40.2 km (25 mi) depth
    |
    38 km (24 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.3 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 28 February 2002 at 01:50 (GMT)
  • 23 Feb 2002 12:51 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    117.6 km (73.1 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea, on Tuesday, 5 February 2002 at 13:27 (GMT)
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