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Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake - 122km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Moderate mag. 5.1 earthquake  - 122km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, 17 December 2014
Dec 17 20:10: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 5.1.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 62.8 to 52.5 km.
Date & time: Wednesday, 17 December 2014 13:05 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, December 17, 2014 23:05:23
Magnitude: 5.1
Depth: 52.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 7.2923°S / 154.9589°E (Solomon Islands)
Nearest volcano: Loloru (108 km)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by other agencies

TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Wed, 17 Dec 2014
Wed, 17 Dec 13:05 UTCM 4.9 / 60 kmSOLOMON ISLANDSEMSC
Wed, 17 Dec 13:05 UTCM 4.9 / 10 kmSolomon IslandsGFZ
Wed, 17 Dec 13:05 UTCM 4.9 / 19 kmSolomon IslandsGeoAu

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