Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - West Sepik Province, 83 km southwest of Aitape, Sandaun, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 at 14:33 (GMT)

Very strong mag. 6.0 earthquake - West Sepik Province, 83 km southwest of Aitape, Sandaun, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 at 14:33 (GMT)

Very strong magnitude 6.0 earthquake at 23 km depth

Date & time: 7 Apr 2010 14:33:01 UTC
Magnitude: 6
Depth: 23.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.76°S / 141.943°E (West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Kairinu (168 km / 104 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
83 km (51 mi) SSW of Aitape (Sandaun) (pop: 5,550) --> See nearby quakes!
110 km (68 mi) WNW of Ambunti (East Sepik) (pop: 2,070) --> See nearby quakes!
139 km (87 mi) SSE of Vanimo (Sandaun) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
139 km (87 mi) SSE of Vanimo (Sandaun) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (117 mi) W of Wewak (East Sepik) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
193 km (120 mi) SE of Jayapura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
195 km (121 mi) SE of Abepura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 62,200) --> See nearby quakes!
326 km (203 mi) NW of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
345 km (214 mi) NW of Mt Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
857 km (533 mi) NW of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1013 joules (17.5 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 15080 tons of TNT or 0.9 atomic bombs!) More info
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6.023 kmNew Guinea, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (3 quakes):
  • 02 Sep 2010 07:23 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    116.5 km (72.4 mi) depth
    26 km (16 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Jun 2010 04:19 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    96.3 km (59.8 mi) depth
    33 km (20 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 08 May 2010 18:28 UTC
    | M 4.2 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    17 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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