Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 104 km southeast of Wewak, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, Mar 25, 2021 6:33 pm (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 4.9 earthquake - 104 km southeast of Wewak, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, Mar 25, 2021 6:33 pm (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

25 Mar 08:45 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 11 minutes.
Update Thu, 25 Mar 2021, 08:51
Moderate magnitude 4.9 quake hits 104 km southeast of Wewak, Papua New Guinea early evening
4.9 quake 25 Mar 6:33 pm (GMT +10)
4.9 quake 25 Mar 6:33 pm (GMT +10)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.9 occurred early evening on Thursday 25 March 2021 at 6:33 pm local time near Wewak, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, as reported by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency.
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
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 Wewak (pop. 18,200) located 104 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Mar 25, 2021 08:33:52 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, Mar 25, 2021 6:33 pm (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.21°S / 144.29°E (East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode: 4.21°N / 35.71°W
Nearest volcano: Kadovar (75 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
104 km (64 mi) SE of Wewak (East Sepik) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
183 km (114 mi) N of Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
200 km (125 mi) NW of Madang (pop: 27,400) --> See nearby quakes!
227 km (141 mi) NNE of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
241 km (150 mi) NE of Tari (pop: 8,190) --> See nearby quakes!
241 km (150 mi) NNW of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
410 km (255 mi) NW of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) --> See nearby quakes!
422 km (263 mi) NW of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) --> See nearby quakes!
438 km (272 mi) ESE of Jayapura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
666 km (414 mi) NNW of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 24.5°C (76 F), humidity: 96%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from NE
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.910 kmNear N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG., Papua New GuineaBMKG

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