Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 217 km north of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 1:52 am (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 217 km north of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 1:52 am (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 30 km depth

15 Jan 16:07 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 14 minutes.
15 Jan 16:13: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 140.0 to 10.0 km (from 87 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 31 km (19 mi) towards N.
15 Jan 16:46: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 12.0 km (from 6.2 to 7.5 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.2 km (6.4 mi) towards SE.
15 Jan 19:38: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 12.0 to 30.0 km (from 7.5 to 18.6 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 15 km (9.4 mi) towards ESE.
Date & time: 15 Jan 2021 15:52:54 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, 16 Jan 2021 1:52 am (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 30.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.63°S / 149.8°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Mundua (94 km / 58 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
161 km (100 mi) SW of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
217 km (135 mi) N of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
270 km (168 mi) WNW of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
285 km (177 mi) WNW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
332 km (206 mi) ESE of Lorengau (Manus District) (pop: 5,810) --> See nearby quakes!
463 km (288 mi) NE of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
479 km (298 mi) ENE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
530 km (329 mi) NE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
535 km (333 mi) NE of Wau (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
713 km (443 mi) NNE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
216 km (135 mi) WSW of New Ireland Island (pop: 194,100) --> See nearby quakes!
259 km (161 mi) NNW of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 29.1°C (84 F), humidity: 73%, wind: 5 m/s (9 kts) from N
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
5.130 kmBISMARCK SEA, Papua New GuineaEMSC
4.8140 kmBismarck Sea, Papua New GuineaBMKG
5.110 km169 Km SW of Kavieng, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.310 kmBismarck Sea, Papua New GuineaGFZ

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