Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 192 km southeast of Popondetta, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, Jun 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm (GMT +10) -

Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 192 km southeast of Popondetta, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, Jun 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm (GMT +10) Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Solomon Sea, 192 km southeast of Popondetta, Papua New Guinea, on Thursday, Jun 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm (GMT +10)

Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

23 Jun 02:13 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 9 minutes.
23 Jun 02:17: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.2. Epicenter location corrected by 8 km (5 mi) towards NNE.
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29 Jun 02:34: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.5. Epicenter location corrected by 2.8 km (1.7 mi) towards ESE.
Update Thu, 23 Jun 2022, 02:21
Magnitude 5.2 earthquake strikes near Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
5.2 quake 23 Jun 12:04 pm (GMT +10)
5.2 quake 23 Jun 12:04 pm (GMT +10)
A shallow magnitude 5.2 earthquake was reported around noon near Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Thursday, June 23rd, 2022, at 12:04 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
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 Alotau (pop. 10,000) located 120 km from the epicenter.
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Earthquake data

Earthquake details

Date & timeJun 23, 2022 02:04:31 UTC -
Local time at epicenterThursday, Jun 23, 2022 at 12:04 pm (GMT +10)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.5
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude9.4792°S / 149.8231°E (Solomon Sea, Papua New Guinea)
Antipode9.479°N / 30.177°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoGoodenough (58 km / 36 mi)
Nearby towns and cities116 km (72 mi) NW of Alotau (pop: 10,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
156 km (97 mi) NW of Samarai (pop: 1,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
192 km (119 mi) ESE of Popondetta (Sohe) (pop: 28,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
239 km (148 mi) ESE of Kokoda (Sohe) (pop: 6,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
293 km (182 mi) E of Port Moresby (pop: 283,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
417 km (259 mi) SE of Wau (pop: 14,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
432 km (269 mi) SE of Bulolo (pop: 16,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
437 km (271 mi) SE of Lae (pop: 76,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds 28.5°C (83 F), humidity: 72%, wind: 5 m/s (11 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.510 km115 Km NW of Alotau, Papua New GuineaUSGS
5.210 kmPapua New Guinea: EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG., P.N.G.EMSC
5.210 kmPapua New Guinea: Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G.RaspberryShake
5.165 kmPapua New Guinea: Near Port MoresbyRENASS
5.410 km116 Km NW of Alotau, Papua New GuineaGFZ
5.410 kmPapua New Guinea: Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.N.G.GeoAu

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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (0 quake)


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Date and time GMTMag
Depth
DistanceLocationDetails
Jul 17, 2020 02:50
2 years ago
7.0

80 km
290km / 180miSolomon Sea, 115 km NW of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jul 16, 2000 03:57
22 years ago
6.6

10 km
227km / 141miPapua New GuineaMore
Oct 29, 1985 14:10
37 years ago
6.4

10 km
128km / 80miKwaiope Island, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 14, 1982 18:17
40 years ago
6.4

37 km
321km / 200mi53 km S of Wonam Island, Morobe Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 7, 1975 04:51
48 years ago
6.4

33 km
246km / 153mi285 km E of Lae, Morobe Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 6, 1970 05:35
53 years ago
6.3

15 km
184km / 114miPapua New GuineaMore
Apr 2, 1920 01:04
102 years ago
6.3

15 km
252km / 156mi80 km N of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 25, 1971 00:18
52 years ago
6.2

20 km
177km / 110miPapua New GuineaMore
Oct 22, 1956 12:35
66 years ago
6.2

15 km
38km / 24miNuama Islet, 322 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
May 22, 1995 04:02
27 years ago
6.1

30 km
186km / 115miPapua New GuineaMore
Mar 9, 1979 01:26
43 years ago
6.1

33 km
205km / 127miCentral Province, 89 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 11, 1978 02:41
44 years ago
5.9

13 km
97km / 60mi47 km W of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 1, 1973 10:40
49 years ago
5.9

27 km
71km / 44mi45 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 4, 1999 02:35
24 years ago
5.8

98 km
113km / 71mi62 km N of Sinipara Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 4, 1968 10:27
55 years ago
5.8

15 km
113km / 70miNorthern Province, 60 km N of Grange Island, Central Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 21, 1959 02:08
63 years ago
5.8

20 km
107km / 67mi57 km W of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jun 15, 1958 17:21
64 years ago
5.8

15 km
13km / 8mi38 km E of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 15, 2006 05:43
16 years ago
5.7

10 km
76km / 47mi28 km NE of Wagipa Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 19, 1988 03:10
34 years ago
5.7

33 km
100km / 62mi51 km W of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 8, 1967 16:59
55 years ago
5.7

20 km
108km / 67mi58 km W of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 26, 1967 22:39
55 years ago
5.7

20 km
136km / 84mi63 km SE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 2, 1973 01:26
49 years ago
5.6

29 km
69km / 43mi48 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 22, 1973 22:04
49 years ago
5.5

13 km
80km / 50mi37 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 20, 2015 13:29
7 years ago
5.4

44 km
151km / 94miSolomon Sea, 318 km NE of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 9, 2010 16:34
12 years ago
5.4

37 km
14km / 9miIpoteto Island, 296 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
May 21, 2008 02:45
14 years ago
5.4

39 km
130km / 81miSesebai Islet, 60 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 16, 1999 10:49
23 years ago
5.4

33 km
106km / 66mi23 km S of Kabona Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 11, 1999 08:29
23 years ago
5.4

33 km
54km / 33miNuama Islet, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 24, 1992 12:09
31 years ago
5.4

35 km
113km / 70mi63 km SW of Sinipara Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 8, 1986 23:53
36 years ago
5.4

59 km
188km / 117mi89 km NE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 29, 1985 14:17
37 years ago
5.4

10 km
136km / 85miPapua New GuineaMore
Sep 25, 1974 15:49
48 years ago
5.4

10 km
48km / 30mi25 km S of Ipoteto Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 18, 2021 20:47
48 weeks ago
5.3

42 km
142km / 88mi120 km S of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jul 30, 2018 07:46
4 years ago
5.3

10 km
103km / 64miSolomon Sea, 53 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 15, 2015 10:30
7 years ago
5.3

10 km
77km / 48miSolomon Sea, 69 km N of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 5, 1994 10:01
28 years ago
5.3

39 km
53km / 33miNuama Islet, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 6, 1987 19:31
35 years ago
5.3

15 km
148km / 92mi70 km SE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 29, 1985 21:38
37 years ago
5.3

10 km
133km / 83miPapua New GuineaMore
Oct 29, 1985 15:21
37 years ago
5.3

10 km
133km / 82miPapua New GuineaMore
May 12, 1981 23:48
41 years ago
5.3

18 km
107km / 66miObservation Island, 66 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 4, 1977 18:30
45 years ago
5.3

10 km
89km / 56miObservation Island, 77 km N of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 6, 1975 05:20
47 years ago
5.3

66 km
196km / 122mi79 km NE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 1, 1973 03:46
50 years ago
5.3

41 km
94km / 58miPapua New GuineaMore
May 21, 2008 01:30
14 years ago
5.2

36 km
130km / 81miSesebai Islet, 65 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 26, 1990 18:13
32 years ago
5.2

33 km
11km / 7mi25 km W of Ipoteto Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 29, 1985 23:48
37 years ago
5.2

10 km
122km / 76miPapua New GuineaMore
Jun 16, 1985 20:56
37 years ago
5.2

5 km
142km / 88mi81 km SE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 10, 1978 22:16
44 years ago
5.2

67 km
206km / 128mi76 km NE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 10, 1976 07:25
46 years ago
5.2

23 km
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Dec 8, 1974 11:37
48 years ago
5.2

5 km
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Sep 18, 2019 16:10
3 years ago
5.1

10 km
59km / 37miSolomon Sea, 58 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 17, 2019 08:22
3 years ago
5.1

93 km
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May 26, 2007 06:11
15 years ago
5.1

114 km
99km / 61mi161 km E of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 30, 1985 00:22
37 years ago
5.1

10 km
127km / 79miPapua New GuineaMore
Jun 17, 1985 06:31
37 years ago
5.1

30 km
135km / 84mi79 km SE of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 4, 1983 07:58
39 years ago
5.1

23 km
14km / 9mi37 km E of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 4, 1977 18:17
45 years ago
5.1

25 km
71km / 44miWagipa Island, 91 km N of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 9, 1973 14:02
49 years ago
5.1

33 km
72km / 45mi52 km N of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 16, 2020 22:09
3 years ago
5.0

10 km
139km / 86miSolomon Sea, 95 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 30, 2019 23:55
3 years ago
5.0

10 km
141km / 88miNorthern Province, 154 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 17, 2019 23:26
3 years ago
5.0

83 km
114km / 71miKwaiope Island, Milne Bay Province, 406 km E of Port Moresby, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 23, 2019 17:40
3 years ago
5.0

10 km
40km / 25miSolomon Sea, 76 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 13, 1991 12:56
31 years ago
5.0

28 km
46km / 29mi31 km S of Ipoteto Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 30, 1982 10:40
40 years ago
5.0

33 km
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Apr 17, 2019 21:15
3 years ago
4.9

20 km
123km / 76miSolomon Sea, 416 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 17, 2019 15:15
3 years ago
4.9

2 km
124km / 77miSolomon Sea, 417 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 4, 2010 11:37
12 years ago
4.9

10 km
60km / 37miNuama Islet, 342 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Jun 20, 2007 16:43
15 years ago
4.9

43 km
54km / 34miNuama Islet, Milne Bay Province, 227 km E of Popondetta, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 18, 2005 07:32
18 years ago
4.9

35 km
122km / 75miNetuli Island, 38 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 9, 2004 23:25
19 years ago
4.9

52 km
75km / 47mi49 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 25, 1994 07:53
28 years ago
4.9

46 km
107km / 66miKabona Island, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 29, 1990 06:40
32 years ago
4.9

42 km
112km / 69mi62 km W of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jan 6, 1987 06:25
36 years ago
4.9

10 km
78km / 48miCentral Province, 36 km SW of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Nov 14, 1984 18:21
38 years ago
4.9

33 km
9km / 6mi36 km NW of Ipoteto Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 19, 1984 00:21
38 years ago
4.9

33 km
114km / 71mi62 km SW of Sinipara Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
May 25, 1977 15:30
45 years ago
4.9

14 km
84km / 52mi35 km W of Varau Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 9, 2021 18:48
1 year 23 weeks ago
4.8

10 km
133km / 83miNorthern Province, 177 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 2, 2019 12:27
3 years ago
4.8

10 km
46km / 29miIpoteto Island, 70 km NW of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 5, 2004 01:17
18 years ago
4.8

114 km
95km / 59miPapua New GuineaMore
Apr 21, 2000 10:18
22 years ago
4.8

115 km
89km / 55mi68 km NE of Sinipara Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 11, 1994 23:31
28 years ago
4.8

144 km
111km / 69mi78 km N of Sinipara Island, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 10, 1991 12:26
31 years ago
4.8

33 km
53km / 33mi24 km SW of Wagipa Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 29, 1985 23:18
37 years ago
4.8

10 km
123km / 76miKwaiope Island, 98 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Oct 6, 1985 19:58
37 years ago
4.8

33 km
151km / 94mi64 km E of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 24, 2008 02:03
14 years ago
4.7

5.3 km
121km / 75mi5.6 km S of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 31, 2006 10:37
16 years ago
4.7

48 km
82km / 51mi27 km NE of Wagipa Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 24, 2004 22:33
18 years ago
4.7

13 km
80km / 50mi23 km W of Observation Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 15, 2003 14:56
19 years ago
4.7

33 km
11km / 7miPapua New GuineaMore
Jun 23, 2003 11:49
19 years ago
4.7

33 km
104km / 65miPapua New GuineaMore
May 17, 1996 13:19
26 years ago
4.7

33 km
40km / 25mi27 km SW of Ipoteto Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Apr 17, 2019 23:50
3 years ago
4.6

10 km
114km / 71miSolomon Sea, 407 km E of Port Moresby, National Capital, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 14, 2006 15:40
16 years ago
4.6

10 km
122km / 76mi93 km N of Nuama Islet Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Mar 14, 2006 10:06
16 years ago
4.6

63 km
102km / 63miObservation Island, 70 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 15, 2001 22:29
21 years ago
4.6

33 km
110km / 69miSamarai, 81 km NE of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Feb 7, 2000 20:53
23 years ago
4.6

33 km
40km / 25mi21 km S of Ipoteto Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Nov 25, 1987 17:50
35 years ago
4.6

33 km
94km / 59mi24 km N of Alotau, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Aug 12, 1974 11:02
48 years ago
4.6

25 km
154km / 95mi59 km E of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Sep 13, 2020 06:31
1 year 48 weeks ago
4.5

115 km
115km / 71miSolomon Sea, 219 km E of Popondetta, Sohe, Northern Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Dec 4, 2010 18:34
12 years ago
4.5

37 km
110km / 68mi32 km NW of Tuboa Island, Milne Bay Province, Papua New GuineaMore
Jun 8, 2004 12:04
18 years ago
4.5

128 km
111km / 69miPapua New GuineaMore
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