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Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 69 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 69 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm (GMT +10) Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 69 km south of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, May 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm (GMT +10)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 41 km depth

26 May 02:25 UTC: First to report: USGS after 17 minutes.
Update Fri, 26 May 2023, 02:33

Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea

5.2 quake 26 May 12:08 pm (GMT +10)
5.2 quake 26 May 12:08 pm (GMT +10)
Papua New Guinea was shaken near Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, by an earthquake of magnitude 5.2 only 25 minutes ago, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at a moderately shallow depth of 41.3 km beneath the epicenter near Kimbe, Talasea District, West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, around noon on Friday, May 26th, 2023, at 12:08 pm local time. 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 Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.0. A third agency, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, 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 Kandrian (pop. 1000) located 49 km from the epicenter, and Kimbe (pop. 18,800) 69 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMay 26, 2023 02:08:00 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, May 26, 2023 at 12:08 pm (GMT +10)
Depth41.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude6.1506°S / 149.9912°E (West New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode6.151°N / 30.009°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoGarbuna (78 km / 48 mi)
Nearby towns and cities49 km (31 mi) E of Kandrian (West New Britain) (pop: 1,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
69 km (43 mi) SSW of Kimbe (Talasea District, West New Britain) (pop: 18,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
323 km (200 mi) SW of Kokopo (East New Britain) (pop: 26,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
337 km (209 mi) E of Lae (Morobe) (pop: 76,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
350 km (217 mi) NNE of Popondetta (Sohe, Northern Province) (pop: 28,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
385 km (239 mi) ENE of Wau (Morobe) (pop: 14,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
388 km (241 mi) ENE of Bulolo (Morobe) (pop: 16,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
485 km (301 mi) NE of Port Moresby (National Capital) (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 27°C (81 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from S
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
5.241 kmNew Britain Region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.241 kmPapua New Guinea: New Britain Region, P.N.G.RaspberryShake
5.249 kmNew Britain Region, Papua New GuineaGeoAu
5.210 kmPapua New Guinea: New Britain Region, P.N.G.IRIS
5.110 kmNew Britain Region, Papua New GuineaGFZ
5.244 kmPapua New Guinea: NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.EMSC

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quake)

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