Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - 53 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 03:12 (GMT)

Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake  - 53 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 03:12 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 6.6 earthquake at 33 km depth

Date & time: 2 Dec 2010 03:12:09 UTC
Magnitude: 6.6
Depth: 33.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.001°S / 149.977°E (West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Garbuna (62 km / 39 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
53 km (33 mi) ENE of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
314 km (195 mi) SW of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
314 km (195 mi) SW of Rabaul (East New Britain) (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
339 km (211 mi) ENE of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
363 km (225 mi) NNE of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
390 km (242 mi) ENE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
392 km (244 mi) SSW of Kavieng (New Ireland) (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
392 km (244 mi) ENE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
496 km (308 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (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 6.633 kmNew Britain region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 6.6 quake 53 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, 2 December 2010 03:12 GMT

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (26 quakes):
  • 29 May 2011 07:33 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    145.6 km (90.5 mi) depth
    |
    76 km (47 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Apr 2011 13:55 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    146.4 km (91 mi) depth
    |
    62 km (39 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 19 Mar 2011 16:11 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    72.2 km (44.9 mi) depth
    |
    60 km (37 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Mar 2011 14:24 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    115.6 km (71.8 mi) depth
    |
    75 km (47 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 09 Mar 2011 21:24 UTC
    | M 6.4 |
    29 km (18 mi) depth
    |
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - 63 km southwest of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 9 March 2011 at 21:24 (GMT)
  • 02 Mar 2011 22:30 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    158.7 km (98.6 mi) depth
    |
    86 km (53 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 20 Feb 2011 08:48 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    35 km (21.7 mi) depth
    |
    64 km (40 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Feb 2011 02:15 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    48.9 km (30.4 mi) depth
    |
    66 km (41 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 10 Feb 2011 09:28 UTC
    | M 4.6 |
    78.2 km (48.6 mi) depth
    |
    61 km (38 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 28 Jan 2011 17:33 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    41.9 km (26 mi) depth
    |
    68 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 11 Jan 2011 08:04 UTC
    | M 4.3 |
    51.9 km (32.2 mi) depth
    |
    63 km (39 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 18 Dec 2010 23:01 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    62.9 km (39.1 mi) depth
    |
    35 km (22 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 17 Dec 2010 01:54 UTC
    | M 4.4 |
    48.9 km (30.4 mi) depth
    |
    83 km (51 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Dec 2010 22:42 UTC
    | M 4.5 |
    50.3 km (31.3 mi) depth
    |
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 16 Dec 2010 18:26 UTC
    | M 5.0 |
    55.1 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    82 km (51 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 12 Dec 2010 15:40 UTC
    | M 5.2 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    54 km (34 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
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Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Strong mag. 6.6 earthquake - 53 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 2 December 2010 at 03:12 (GMT)

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