Terremoto moderado mag. 4.6 - 5.5 km WSW of Vanimo, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Friday, 21 May. 2021 -
Terremoto moderado magnitud 4.6 at 10 km depth
21 May 04:00 UTC: Primero en informar: BMKG después de 8 minutos.
Update Fri, 21 May 2021, 04:06Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake 6 km southwest of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
4.6 quake 21 May 1:52 pm (GMT +10)
A magnitude 4.6 earthquake near Vanimo, Vanimo-Green River District, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 14 minutes ago by Indonesia's Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysical Agency, considered the main national agency that monitors seismic activity in this part of the world. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter around noon on Friday 21 May 2021 at 1:52 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.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Vanimo (pop. 11,200) located 6 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Abepura (pop. 62,200) located 71 km from the epicenter.
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Fecha & hora: 21 May 2021 03:52:19 UTC -
Hora local al epicentro:
21 May 1:52 pm (GMT +10)
Profundidad: 10.0 km
Epicentro latitud / longitud: 2.71°S / 141.26°E
(West Sepik Province
, Papúa Nueva Guinea
Nearby towns and cities:6 km al OSO de Vanimo (Sandaun)
(pop: 11,200) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!71 km al E de Abepura (Papua, Indonesia)
(pop: 62,200) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!130 km al ONO de Aitape (Sandaun)
(pop: 5,550) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!241 km al NO de Ambunti (East Sepik)
(pop: 2,070) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!280 km al ONO de Wewak (East Sepik)
(pop: 18,200) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!380 km al N de Kiunga (North Fly, Western Province)
(pop: 11,500) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!401 km al NNO de Tari
(pop: 8,190) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!466 km al NO de Mendi (Southern Highlands)
(pop: 26,300) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!481 km al NO de Hagen (Dei District, Western Highlands)
(pop: 33,600) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!995 km al NO de Port Moresby (National Capital)
(pop: 283,700) --> ¡Vea sismos cercanos!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 27.5°C
(81 F), humidity: 72%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NNE
Fuente primaria de datos: BMKG
(Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Energía liberada estimada: 5 x 1011
joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 tons of TNT) More info
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.
|4.6||10 km||Papua New Guinea: Near N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG.||BMKG|
|5.0||30 km||Papua New Guinea: NEAR N COAST OF NEW GUINEA, PNG.||EMSC|
|unknown||n/a||Near Vanimo, West Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea||VolcanoDiscovery|
|5.0||36 km||28 Km SE of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea||USGS|
|4.7||60 km||Papua New Guinea: Near N. Coast of New Guinea, PNG.||GFZ|
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Papua new guinea (4.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I felt like the movement of quake came arround 5 to 15 seconds and abit rattling and would like to know more about my area when the quakes comes in yesterday was small about 3 to 5 seconds but now was abit longer
Vanimo / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : I was at Don Bosco Secondary School specifically in the classroom for my afternoon Class and felt the earthquake.Some of the students ran outside and bump their desk and I think a girl have fell down and Teachers were running around to comfort the students.It was about 10 to 15 seconds and felt indoor in the classroom,most desk was shaking and I was so scared I ran out in the clear and after when it stops I went back into the classroom I was shaking,I couldn't pick up my pen properly.
Vanimo / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
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