Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 273 km east of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 7 Mar 2021 6:36 am (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 273 km east of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Sunday, 7 Mar 2021 6:36 am (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 58 km depth

6 Mar 20:45 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 9 minutes.
Update Sat, 6 Mar 2021, 20:51
Significant earthquake of magnitude 5.2 just reported 117 km south of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
5.2 quake 7 Mar 6:36 am (GMT +10)
5.2 quake 7 Mar 6:36 am (GMT +10)
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake near Kandrian, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 15 minutes ago by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in this part of the world. The earthquake occurred at a moderately shallow depth of 58 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Sunday 7 March 2021 at 6:36 am 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 5.2 earthquake as well. A third agency, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Kandrian (pop. 1000) located 117 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 6 Mar 2021 20:36:19 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 7 Mar 2021 6:36 am (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 58.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.25°S / 149.41°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Nearest volcano: Garbuna (212 km / 132 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
117 km (73 mi) S of Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> See nearby quakes!
205 km (128 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> See nearby quakes!
213 km (132 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) --> See nearby quakes!
273 km (170 mi) ESE of Lae (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
297 km (185 mi) E of Wau (pop: 14,600) --> See nearby quakes!
306 km (190 mi) E of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
351 km (218 mi) NE of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
452 km (281 mi) SW of Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
460 km (286 mi) ESE of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
463 km (288 mi) ESE of Goroka (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
225 km (140 mi) SW of New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Heavy Intensity Rain 27.3°C (81 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 10 m/s (19 kts) from NW
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
5.258 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaBMKG
5.410 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGFZ
5.320 kmNEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaEMSC
5.319 km114 Km S of Kandrian, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.031 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGeoAu

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