Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - 63 km southwest of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 21:24 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake  - 63 km southwest of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 21:24 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake at 29 km depth

Date & time: 9 Mar 2011 21:24:49 UTC
Magnitude: 6.4
Depth: 29.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.985°S / 149.777°E (West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Garbuna (66 km / 41 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
35 km (22 mi) NE of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
63 km (39 mi) SW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
318 km (198 mi) ENE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
331 km (205 mi) SW of Rabaul (East New Britain) (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
331 km (206 mi) SW of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
353 km (219 mi) NNE of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
370 km (230 mi) ENE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
372 km (231 mi) ENE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
450 km (279 mi) E of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
484 km (301 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1014 joules (69.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 60036 tons of TNT or 3.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 6.429 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.4 quake 63 km southwest of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, 9 March 2011 21:24 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (9 quakes):
  • 08 Aug 2011 03:34 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    77.3 km (48 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Jul 2011 16:09 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    61.1 km (38 mi) depth
    |
    18 km (11 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 04 Jul 2011 18:21 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    56 km (35 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jul 2011 17:00 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    45.6 km (28.3 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 21 Jun 2011 11:46 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    113 km (70.2 mi) depth
    |
    41 km (25 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Jun 2011 19:57 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    43 km (26 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 May 2011 07:33 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    145.6 km (90.5 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Apr 2011 13:55 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    146.4 km (91 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Mar 2011 16:11 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    72.2 km (44.9 mi) depth
    |
    39 km (24 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - 63 km southwest of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 21:24 (GMT)
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