Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 77 km southeast of Jayapura, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021 8:05 am (GMT +10) -

Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, 77 km southeast of Jayapura, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021 8:05 am (GMT +10)

Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

25 Oct 22:14 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
25 Oct 22:18: Magnitude recalculated from 5.1 to 5.2. Epicenter location corrected by 7.5 km (4.6 mi) towards SSW.
Update Mon, 25 Oct 2021, 22:18
Significant magnitude 5.1 earthquake 73 km southeast of Jayapura, Papua New Guinea
5.1 quake 26 Oct 8:05 am (GMT +10)
5.1 quake 26 Oct 8:05 am (GMT +10)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred in the morning on Tuesday, October 26th, 2021, at 8:05 am local time near Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2. A third agency, Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, 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 Vanimo (pop. 11,200) located 54 km from the epicenter, Abepura (pop. 62,200) 73 km away, and Jayapura (pop. 134,900) 73 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Oct 25, 2021 22:05:08 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Tuesday, Oct 26, 2021 8:05 am (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 3.16°S / 141.02°E (West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode: 3.16°N / 38.98°W
Nearby towns and cities:
62 km (38 mi) SSW of Vanimo (Sandaun) (pop: 11,200) --> See nearby quakes!
76 km (47 mi) SE of Abepura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 62,200) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) SSE of Jayapura (Papua, Indonesia) (pop: 134,900) --> See nearby quakes!
148 km (92 mi) W of Aitape (Sandaun) (pop: 5,550) --> See nearby quakes!
293 km (182 mi) W of Wewak (East Sepik) (pop: 18,200) --> See nearby quakes!
331 km (206 mi) N of Kiunga (North Fly, Western Province) (pop: 11,500) --> See nearby quakes!
372 km (231 mi) NW of Tari (pop: 8,190) --> See nearby quakes!
443 km (275 mi) NW of Mendi (Southern Highlands) (pop: 26,300) --> See nearby quakes!
466 km (289 mi) NW of Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) --> See nearby quakes!
976 km (606 mi) NW of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 23.5°C (74 F), humidity: 89%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from SE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
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.
5.210 kmNew Guinea, Papua New GuineaGFZ
5.310 kmNew Guinea, Papua New GuineaBMKG
5.270 kmIndonesia: 84 Km SSW of Vanimo, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.110 kmPapua, IndonesiaGeoAu
5.110 kmIndonesia: Near JayapuraRENASS

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Muenchen Germany / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 15-20 s : My bed. was shaking and vibrating | One user found this interesting.  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

  • 28 Oct 2021 14:09 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    26 km (16.2 mi) depth
    21 km (13 mi) distance
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