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Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea) on Sunday, 13 September 2020

Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake  - Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea) on Sunday, 13 September 2020
13 Sep 10:36 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
13 Sep 10:37: Epicenter location corrected by 6 km (3.7 mi) towards NNW.
13 Sep 10:38: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.5.
13 Sep 17:38: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 38.0 km (from 6.2 to 24 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 12.6 km (7.8 mi) towards ESE.
Date & time: Sunday, 13 September 2020 10:28 UTC
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 38.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.02°S / 147.05°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Long Island (73 km / 45 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
78 km (49 mi) N of Lae (pop: 76,300)
134 km (83 mi) NE of Kainantu (pop: 8,500)
139 km (87 mi) NE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000)
151 km (94 mi) NE of Wau (pop: 14,600)
166 km (103 mi) SE of Madang (pop: 27,400)
184 km (114 mi) E of Goroka (pop: 18,500)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Sun, 13 Sep 10:28 UTCM 5.5 / 38 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea)GFZ
Sun, 13 Sep 10:28 UTCM 5.5 / 60 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. (Papua New Guinea)EMSC
Sun, 13 Sep 10:28 UTCM 5.3 / 71 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea)BMKG
Sun, 13 Sep 10:28 UTCM 5.4 / 58.1 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea)GeoAu
Sun, 13 Sep 10:28 UTCM 5.1 / 55.8 km74 Km N of Lae, Papua New GuineaUSGS
Sun, 13 Sep 10:28 UTCM 5.3 / 71 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G., Papua New GuineaBMKG

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134.2 km WNW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Was low intensity but lasted longer than higher impact quakes
181.8 km W of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Papua New Guinea (Lae Morobe) at Oleander street / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Goroka valley / Weak shaking (MMI III)

Aftershocks of the 5.5 quake: Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea), 13 Sep 2020 10h28

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Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G. (Papua New Guinea) on Sunday, 13 September 2020

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