Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 24 January 1997 at 05:17 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake  - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 24 January 1997 at 05:17 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 71 km depth

Date & time: 24 Jan 1997 05:17:29 UTC###AGESTRINGCOPY###
Magnitude: 5.6
Profondeur: 70.6 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 5.614°S / 153.836°E (Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée)
Volcan le plus près: Tore (123 km / 76 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
203 km WNW de Arawa (pop: 40,300)
224 km SE de Kokopo (pop: 26,300)
243 km SE de Rabaul (pop: 8,070)
409 km E de Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800)
476 km SE de Kavieng (pop: 14,500)
642 km NE de Alotau (pop: 10,000)
711 km ENE de Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200)
766 km E de Lae (pop: 76,300)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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M 5.671 kmNew Ireland region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
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Aftershocks of the 5.6 quake New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea, 24 January 05:17 UTC

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quakes):
  • 27 Feb 1997 03:09 UTC
    | M 3.7 |
    100 km (62.1 mi) depth
    28 km (17 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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Moderate mag. 5.6 earthquake - New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea, on Friday, 24 January 1997 at 05:17 (GMT)
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