Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 90 km northeast of Kiunga, North Fly, Western Province, Papua New Guinea, on 7 May 9:08 am (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 90 km northeast of Kiunga, North Fly, Western Province, Papua New Guinea, on 7 May 9:08 am (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 62 km depth

6 May 23:20 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 12 minutes.
6 May 23:25: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.2. Epicenter location corrected by 15 km (9.2 mi) towards ENE.
6 May 23:30: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 62.0 km (from 6.2 to 39 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 25 km (15 mi) towards WNW.
Update Thu, 6 May 2021, 23:24
Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 83 km northeast of Kiunga, Papua New Guinea in the morning
5.0 quake 7 May 9:08 am (GMT +10)
5.0 quake 7 May 9:08 am (GMT +10)
Papua New Guinea was shaken near Kiunga, North Fly, Western Province, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.0 only 16 minutes ago, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Kiunga, North Fly, Western Province, Papua New Guinea, in the morning on Friday 7 May 2021 at 9:08 am local time. 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 Kiunga (pop. 11,500) located 83 km from the epicenter, and Tari (pop. 8,200) 119 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: May 6, 2021 23:08:29 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 7 May 9:08 am (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5
Depth: 62.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.52°S / 141.83°E (Western Province, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode: 5.52°N / 38.17°W
Nearest volcano: Doma Peaks (142 km / 88 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
90 km (56 mi) NE of Kiunga (North Fly) (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
129 km (80 mi) WNW of Tari (pop: 8,190) --> See nearby quakes!
214 km (133 mi) WNW of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
268 km (167 mi) W of Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
297 km (184 mi) SW of Wewak (East Sepik) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
354 km (220 mi) SSE of Jayapura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
399 km (248 mi) W of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) --> See nearby quakes!
424 km (263 mi) NNW of Daru (pop: 15,200) --> See nearby quakes!
424 km (263 mi) NNW of Daru (pop: 15,200) --> See nearby quakes!
733 km (456 mi) NW of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds 23.2°C (74 F), humidity: 95%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from S
Primary data source: BMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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5.062 kmNew Guinea, Papua New GuineaBMKG

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

  • 26 Jun 2021 14:53 UTC
    | M 4.9 |
    104 km (64.6 mi) depth
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | BMKG | Details

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