Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 13 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 4 Feb 2021 3:28 pm (GMT +10) -

Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 13 km west of Lamassa Island, New Ireland, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, 4 Feb 2021 3:28 pm (GMT +10)

Light magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 62 km depth

4 Feb 05:48 UTC: First to report: USGS after 20 minutes.
Update Thu, 4 Feb 2021, 05:54
Moderate 4.8 quake hits near Kokopo, Kokopo District, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea
4.8 quake 4 Feb 3:28 pm (GMT +10)
4.8 quake 4 Feb 3:28 pm (GMT +10)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.8 occurred only 26 minutes ago 60 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 61.9 km beneath the epicenter near Kokopo, Kokopo District, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, early afternoon on Thursday 4 February 2021 at 3:28 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake as well.
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.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kokopo (pop. 26,300) located 60 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Rabaul (pop. 8,100) located 80 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 4 Feb 2021 05:28:28 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 4 Feb 2021 3:28 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 61.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.725°S / 152.6517°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Rabaul (Tavurvur) (71 km / 44 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
60 km (37 mi) SE of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
80 km (49 mi) SE of Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) ENE of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
316 km (196 mi) SE of Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> See nearby quakes!
360 km (224 mi) WNW of Panguna (pop: 2,920) --> See nearby quakes!
363 km (226 mi) WNW of Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> See nearby quakes!
381 km (237 mi) ENE of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
405 km (251 mi) WNW of Buin (pop: 750) --> See nearby quakes!
805 km (500 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
203 km (126 mi) SSE of New Ireland Island (pop: 194,100) --> See nearby quakes!
237 km (147 mi) ENE of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 29.9°C (86 F), humidity: 68%, wind: 7 m/s (14 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 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.
4.862 km59 Km SE of Kokopo, Papua New GuineaUSGS
4.860 kmNEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaEMSC
5.074 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGFZ

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