Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 51 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, 15 Mar 2021 9:41 pm (GMT +10) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 51 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea, on Monday, 15 Mar 2021 9:41 pm (GMT +10)

Séisme modéré magnitude 5.2 at 74 km depth

15 Mar 11:50 UTC: Premier à signaler: GFZ après 9 minutes.
15 Mar 11:52: Emplacement de l'épicentre corrigé de 2.5 km (1.5 mi) au SSW.
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15 Mar 13:01: Profondeur recalculée de 71.0 à 74.0 km (de 44 à 46 mi). Emplacement de l'épicentre corrigé de 7.1 km (4.4 mi) au SO.
Update Mon, 15 Mar 2021, 11:54
Significant magnitude 5.0 earthquake 58 km southeast of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
5.0 quake 15 Mar 9:41 pm (GMT +10)
5.0 quake 15 Mar 9:41 pm (GMT +10)
A magnitude 5.0 earthquake near Kokopo, Kokopo District, East New Britain Province, Papua New Guinea, was reported only 12 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at an intermediate depth of 86 km beneath the epicenter in the evening on Monday 15 March 2021 at 9:41 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 5.2 earthquake.
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 Kokopo (pop. 26,300) located 58 km from the epicenter, and Rabaul (pop. 8,100) 77 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 15 Mar 2021 11:41:38 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: lundi, 15 mars 2021 21:41 (GMT +10)
Magnitude: 5.2
Profondeur: 74.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 4.62°S / 152.64°E (Solomon Sea, Papouasie-Nouvelle-Guinée)
Volcan le plus près: Rabaul (Tavurvur) (64 km / 40 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
51 km SE de Kokopo (pop: 26,300) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
71 km SE de Rabaul (pop: 8,070) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
296 km ENE de Kimbe (Talasea District) (pop: 18,800) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
306 km SE de Kavieng (pop: 14,500) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
367 km ONO de Panguna (pop: 2,920) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
370 km ONO de Arawa (pop: 40,300) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
385 km ENE de Kandrian (pop: 1,010) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
412 km NO de Buin (pop: 750) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
812 km NE de Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
242 km ENE de New Britain Island (pop: 513,900) --> Voir les séismes à proximité!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 27.5°C (82 F), humidity: 80%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from NW
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) Plus d'infos
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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.
5.274 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGFZ
5.360 kmNEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaEMSC
5.388 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaBMKG
5.235 kmNew Britain Region, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.2104 kmNew Britain Region, P.N.G., Papua New GuineaGeoAu
5.310 kmNear Port Moresby, Papua New GuineaRENASS

User reports for this quake (4)

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Kenabot KOKOPO (51.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 5-10 s : Sudden violet shaking. Felt bigger than a 5, bit only short term duration. Secondary wave followed almost immediately. Movement mostly up and down, both confirming location not far away. Tertiary action quite light  
Kokopo (52.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Kokopo (56.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s
Kokopo / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
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