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, 23:24Significant 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)
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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