Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 21 km southeast of Madang, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, 8 Feb 2021 10:34 pm (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - Bismarck Sea, 21 km southeast of Madang, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, 8 Feb 2021 10:34 pm (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 64 km depth

8 Feb 12:54 UTC: First to report: USGS after 20 minutes.
Update Mon, 8 Feb 2021, 13:00
Significant magnitude 5.1 earthquake 21 km southeast of Madang, Papua New Guinea
5.1 quake 8 Feb 10:34 pm (GMT +10)
5.1 quake 8 Feb 10:34 pm (GMT +10)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred only 26 minutes ago 21 km southeast of Madang, Papua New Guinea, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 64.4 km beneath the epicenter near Madang, Madang Province, Papua New Guinea, late at night on Monday 8 February 2021 at 10:34 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1 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 Madang (pop. 27,400) located 21 km from the epicenter, Goroka (pop. 18,500) 99 km away, and Kainantu (pop. 8,500) 103 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kundiawa (pop. 9,400) located 127 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 8 Feb 2021 12:34:20 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Monday, 8 Feb 2021 10:34 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 64.4 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.361°S / 145.9113°E (Bismarck Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Karkar (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
21 km (13 mi) SE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (62 mi) NE of Goroka (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
103 km (64 mi) N of Kainantu (pop: 8,510) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) NE of Kundiawa (pop: 9,380) --> See nearby quakes!
193 km (120 mi) NW of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
194 km (121 mi) ENE of Mt Hagen (Dei District) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
220 km (137 mi) NNW of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
264 km (164 mi) ENE of Mendi (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
323 km (201 mi) SE of Wewak (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
478 km (297 mi) NNW of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 26.9°C (80 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from SW
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
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

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.
5.164 km20 Km SE of Madang, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.180 kmEASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G., Papua New GuineaEMSC
4.994 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGFZ
4.894 kmEastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G., Papua New GuineaBMKG

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
193.9 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quakes):
So far, no aftershocks have been registered.

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