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Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - 88 km northeast of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 8:47 pm (GMT +10) -

Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - 88 km northeast of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 8:47 pm (GMT +10) Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - 88 km northeast of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 8:47 pm (GMT +10)

Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 62 km depth

17 Mar 10:53 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 6 minutes.
17 Mar 11:10: Now using data updates from USGS

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 17, 2023 10:47:51 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 17, 2023 at 8:47 pm (GMT +10)
Depth62.1 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude6.1026°S / 147.4907°E (Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode6.103°N / 32.509°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoUmboi (71 km / 44 mi)
Nearby towns and cities154 km (96 mi) NE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
162 km (101 mi) NNE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
181 km (112 mi) E of Kainantu (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 8,510) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
213 km (132 mi) ESE of Madang (pop: 27,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
233 km (145 mi) E of Goroka (Eastern Highlands) (pop: 18,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
362 km (225 mi) E of Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands) (pop: 33,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
377 km (234 mi) N of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 20.7°C (69 F), humidity: 93%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from W
Estimated seismic energy released1.4 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

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.
4.962 kmNear Goroka, Eastern Highlands, Papua New GuineaUSGS
4.962 kmPapua New Guinea: Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G.RaspberryShake
5.065 kmPapua New Guinea RegionGFZ
4.910 kmPapua New Guinea: Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G.IRIS
5.110 kmPapua New Guinea: Near Port MoresbyRENASS
4.960 kmPapua New Guinea: EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.EMSC

User reports for this quake (1)

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Kainantu, Eastern Highlands (179.5 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : Sitting and felt light movement. Slight rattle of coffee cups hanging. Few cabinet doors rattled.  

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