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.
|Depth||66.7 km (41.4 miles)|
|Region||NEW IRELAND REGION, 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
Cities Exposed – from GeoNames Database of Cities with 1,000 or more residents.
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