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Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - East New Britain Province, 73 km east of New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 at 11:32 am (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - East New Britain Province, 73 km east of New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 at 11:32 am (GMT +10) Moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake - East New Britain Province, 73 km east of New Britain Island, Papua New Guinea, on Wednesday, Dec 7, 2022 at 11:32 am (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake at 35 km depth

7 Dec 01:58 UTC: First to report: USGS after 25 minutes.
13 Dec 01:30: Epicenter location corrected by 4 km (2.5 mi) towards S.

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 7, 2022 01:32:58 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Dec 7, 2022 at 11:32 am (GMT +10)
Depth35.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude5.6397°S / 151.424°E (East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode5.64°N / 28.576°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoHargy (50 km / 31 mi)
Nearby towns and cities143 km (89 mi) E of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
172 km (107 mi) SSW of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
180 km (112 mi) SSW of Rabaul (East New Britain) (pop: 8,070) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
217 km (135 mi) ENE of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
348 km (216 mi) SSE of Kavieng (New Ireland) (pop: 14,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
495 km (307 mi) NE of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
636 km (395 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 28.1°C (83 F), humidity: 78%, wind: 2 m/s (5 kts) from SE
Estimated seismic energy released5 x 1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
4.635 kmPapua New Guinea: NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.EMSC
4.635 km142 Km E of Kimbe, Papua New GuineaUSGS


Seismic station: Port Moresby, New Guinea (PMG/IU network) | Distance from quake: 629 km / 391 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Port Moresby, New Guinea: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.2-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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