Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 41 km west of Green Island, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 7:54 pm (GMT +11) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - South Pacific Ocean, 41 km west of Green Island, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 7:54 pm (GMT +11)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 492 km depth

20 Jan 09:03 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
20 Jan 10:38: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 514.0 to 496.0 km (from 319 to 308 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 11 km (7 mi) towards WSW.
20 Jan 14:24: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 496.0 to 492.0 km (from 308 to 306 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.5 km (1.5 mi) towards WNW.
Date & time: 20 Jan 2021 08:54:50 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 20 Jan 2021 7:54 pm (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 492.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.71°S / 154.94°E (South Pacific Ocean, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Tore (127 km / 79 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
183 km (114 mi) NNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (117 mi) NNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) --> See nearby quakes!
242 km (150 mi) NNW of Buin (pop: 750) --> See nearby quakes!
299 km (186 mi) E of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
313 km (195 mi) E of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
432 km (268 mi) NNW of Gizo (New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands) (pop: 6,150) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 28.9°C (84 F), humidity: 70%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from NE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
Also if you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable also to earthquake science and earthquake hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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 5.0492 kmSolomon Islands, Papua New GuineaGFZ
M 4.8499 kmBOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaEMSC
M 5.2505 kmSolomon Islands, Papua New GuineaBMKG
M 4.8497 km175 Km NNW of Arawa, Papua New GuineaUSGS
M 5.0493 kmSolomon Islands, Papua New GuineaGeoAu

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake yet. If you felt it be the first to report it!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Aftershocks

More info
Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):
So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900


Map of earlier quakes

Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Weather reports
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Design upgrades
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Additional seismic data sources
  • Improved content in English
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.