Very strong earthquake magnitude 6.6 struck New Ireland Region, P.N.G.

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A very strong earthquake with magnitude 6.6 was recorded in New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea on July 28, 2012 at 20:04 UTC according to USGS. Epicenter was located 124 km (77 miles) ESE (118°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG  at 4.733°S, 153.173°E. Recorded depth was 66.7 km (41.4 miles). EMSC recorded magnitude 6.7 and depth of 60km. Epicenter is at least 50 km out of the coast.

This earthquake could not have generated tsunami.

GDACS reported that this earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the Magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

About 32000 people lives within 100km radius. Earthquakes with this Magnitude and depth are fairly common in Papua New Guinea.

Magnitude 6.6
Date-Time
  • Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 20:04:00 UTC
  • Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 06:04:00 AM at epicenter
Location 4.733°S, 153.173°E
Depth 66.7 km (41.4 miles)
Region NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances
  • 124 km (77 miles) ESE (118°) from Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
  • 311 km (193 miles) WNW (302°) from Arawa, Bougainville, PNG
  • 357 km (222 miles) SE (133°) from Kavieng, New Ireland, PNG
  • 719 km (447 miles) ENE (72°) from Lae, New Guinea, PNG
  • 843 km (524 miles) NE (52°) from PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 14.7 km (9.1 miles); depth +/- 11.4 km (7.1 miles)
Parameters NST=120, Nph=122, Dmin=126.9 km, Rmss=1.51 sec, Gp= 18°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=6
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS, NEIS, Golden, Colorado (and predecessors) – used in PDE
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb000bid9

 

Location map

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Cities Exposed – from GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents.

MMI City Population
IV Kokopo 26k
IV Rabaul 8k
IV Namatanai 1k
III Panguna 3k
III Arawa 40k
III Kieta 4k
III Kavieng 14k

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