Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 50 km south of Otua Islet Island, North Solomons, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021 2:42 am (GMT +11) -

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 5.4 quake Solomon Sea, 52 km southwest of Otua Islet Island, Papua New Guinea, 26 Jan 2021 3:17 pm (GMT +11), which had occurred 11 hours earlier.
Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 50 km south of Otua Islet Island, North Solomons, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021 2:42 am (GMT +11)

Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 86 km depth

26 Jan 16:02 UTC: First to report: USGS after 20 minutes.
Date & time: 26 Jan 2021 15:42:21 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, 27 Jan 2021 2:42 am (GMT +11)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 86.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.8746°S / 155.8101°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Loloru (45 km / 28 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
19 km (12 mi) SE of Buin (pop: 750) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) SSE of Panguna (pop: 2,920) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) SSE of Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
178 km (110 mi) NW of Gizo (New Georgia Group, Solomon Islands) (pop: 6,150) --> See nearby quakes!
483 km (300 mi) SE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
996 km (619 mi) ENE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 26.5°C (80 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.986 km71 Km SSE of Panguna, Papua New GuineaUSGS
4.990 kmBOUGAINVILLE REGION, P.N.G., Solomon IslandsEMSC
4.854 kmSolomon Islands, Papua New GuineaGFZ

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Munda Western Province (222 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : I was in bed and felt slight shaking movement of the house  
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