Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 82 km west of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on 22 Oct 4:14 pm (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - 82 km west of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, on 22 Oct 4:14 pm (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 186 km depth

22 Oct 06:23 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
Update Thu, 22 Oct 2020, 06:51
Moderate, but deep magnitude 5.0 quake hits 208 km N of Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported 38 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a relatively large depth of 186 km (116 miles) beneath the epicenter in the afternoon on 22 October at 4.14 pm local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change within the next hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
Our monitoring service at VolcanoDiscovery also identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1. Other agencies reporting the same quake include GeoAu (magnitude 5.4), Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency (BMKG) (magnitude 4.9), and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) (magnitude 5.1).
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Towns and cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt, based on preliminary calculations, include Kandrian (pop. 1000) at a distance of 79 km (49 miles) with weak shaking, Kimbe (pop. 18,800) at a distance of 82 km (51 miles) with weak shaking, Finschhafen (pop. 1,100) at a distance of 208 km (129 miles) with very weak shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 22 Oct 2020 06:14:24 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 22 Oct 4:14 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 186.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.51°S / 149.4°E (Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Garbuna (70 km / 43 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
82 km (51 mi) W of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800)
298 km (185 mi) ENE of Lae (pop: 76,300)
342 km (213 mi) WSW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300)
359 km (223 mi) ENE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000)
360 km (223 mi) NE of Wau (pop: 14,600)
384 km (239 mi) NNE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200)
401 km (249 mi) E of Madang (pop: 27,400)
687 km (427 mi) W of Arawa (pop: 40,300)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Moderate Rain 28.8°C (84 F), humidity: 75%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from N
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.0186 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGFZ
M 5.1177 kmNew Britain Region, P.n.g., Papua New GuineaEMSC
M 4.9175 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaBMKG
M 5.2177 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGeoAu
M 5.1181 km64 Km W of Kimbe, Papua New GuineaUSGS

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Albion Park / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : sitting outside our dog got scared and the noise and the shaking of ground
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Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake 82 km west of Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, 22 Oct 4:14 pm (GMT +10)

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So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

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