Strong earthquake struck New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea

Strong earthquake struck New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea

Magnitude 6.2 earthquake struck New Ireland Region of Papua New Guinea on April 6, 2012 at 16:15:55 UTC according to USGS. The epicenter was located 150 km (93 miles) ESE (104°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG (4.534°S, 153.497°E). The depth of epicenter was at 85.4 km (53.1 miles).

No tsunami alert was issued.

Epicenter was out in the sea and at a depth so no damage is expected.

Papua New Guinea is often struck by massive earthquakes with magnitudes of 7 or more.

  • Friday, April 06, 2012 at 16:15:55 UTC
  • Saturday, April 07, 2012 at 02:15:55 AM at epicenter
Location4.534°S, 153.497°E
Depth85.4 km (53.1 miles)
  • 150 km (93 miles) ESE (104°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
  • 294 km (183 miles) NW (309°) from Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
  • 371 km (230 miles) SE (126°) from Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG
  • 760 km (472 miles) ENE (71°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG
  • 885 km (550 miles) NE (52°) from PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 14.3 km (8.9 miles); depth +/- 9.5 km (5.9 miles)
ParametersNST=247, Nph=247, Dmin=152.5 km, Rmss=1 sec, Gp= 18°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=9
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event IDusc0008xd7


Gordian Knot 9 years ago

Probably not the best place for this info, but it is a regional/global event. FLASH: Indonesia's geophysical agency says earthquake of 8.9 on Richter scale off Aceh, issues tsunami warning ETA: USGS has it at 8.7 ETA2: Tremors from Indonesia quake felt in Singapore, Thailand and southern India - Reuters witnesses

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