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Major mag. 7.2 earthquake - Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 29 April 1996

Major mag. 7.2 earthquake  - Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 29 April 1996
Date & time: Monday, 29 April 1996 14:40 UTC
Magnitude: 7.2
Depth: 44.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 6.518°S / 154.999°E (Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée)
Nearest volcano: Bagana (47 km / 29 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
70 km SW de Arawa (pop: 40,300)
81 km NW de Buin (pop: 800)
126 km SE de Buka (pop: 0)
156 km W de Taro (pop: 0)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1015 joules (1106 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 9.5 x 105 tons of TNT or 59.5 atomic bombs!) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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HeureMag. / DepthLocationSource
Mon, 29 Apr 14:40 UTCM 7.2 / 44 kmBougainville Region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 7.2 quake: Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea, 29 Apr 1996 14:40

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (53 quakes):
  • 14 Mar 1998 18:33 UTC
    | M 5.4 |
    73.9 km (45.9 mi) depth
    |
    167 km (104 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 01 Jan 1998 23:42 UTC
    | M 5.9 |
    46.2 km (28.7 mi) depth
    |
    25 km (15 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 14 Nov 1997 07:22 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 13 Nov 1997 05:33 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Sep 1997 10:53 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    74.9 km (46.5 mi) depth
    |
    94 km (58 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 07 Sep 1997 12:57 UTC
    | M 5.8 |
    421.1 km (261.7 mi) depth
    |
    82 km (51 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Aug 1997 11:08 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    67 km (42 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 22 Jul 1997 10:16 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    50.7 km (31.5 mi) depth
    |
    48 km (30 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Jun 1997 17:06 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    102 km (63 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 15 Jun 1997 13:40 UTC
    | M 5.3 |
    55 km (34.2 mi) depth
    |
    29 km (18 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Jun 1997 12:01 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    27.4 km (17 mi) depth
    |
    148 km (92 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 29 Apr 1997 03:50 UTC
    | M 5.5 |
    33 km (20.5 mi) depth
    |
    135 km (84 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 06 Mar 1997 19:59 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    173.5 km (107.8 mi) depth
    |
    47 km (29 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 03 Mar 1997 22:33 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    48.4 km (30.1 mi) depth
    |
    155 km (97 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 24 Jan 1997 05:17 UTC
    | M 5.6 |
    70.6 km (43.9 mi) depth
    |
    163 km (101 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • 05 Jan 1997 12:29 UTC
    | M 5.1 |
    129.8 km (80.7 mi) depth
    |
    106 km (66 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details
  • Show all

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Major mag. 7.2 earthquake - Bougainville Region, Papua New Guinea on Monday, 29 April 1996

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