lunes, 15 de mayo de 2017

Green earthquake alert (5.8M,depth:10km) in Papua New Guinea at 5/15/2017 1:22:38 PM

Green Earthquake in Papua New Guinea


Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6x4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).


This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude 5.8M, Depth:10km
  • 15 May 2017 13:22:38 UTC
  • 246046 people within 100km

Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 5.8 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Area affected by light damage (estimated radius): 28 km (MMI IV)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -4.0109, 152.5173
  • Time (UTC): 15 May 2017 13:22:38
  • Time (ECT): 15 May 2017 15:22:38

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened off shore, near Papua New Guinea, Province of New Ireland (population 90,000). The distance to the nearest coast is 8km. The nearest places are Pakabong (8km), Kabakadas (8km), Kabahon Mission (10km), Suralil (14km), Kibil (14km), and 154 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Rakanda (18km), Namatanai (38km), Tokua (39km), Rabaul (43km), Manga (57km), and 3 more. The nearest ports are Namatanai (39km), Rabaul (45km), Kokopo Roadstead (45km), and Tanga Island (98km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The approximate distance within which light damage may occur is 28km (equivalent to Modified Mercalli Index IV).

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2) Affected with damage
75 km 220000 people 12
50 km 120000 people 16 Likely
20 km 11000 people 8 Very likely
10 km <1000 people 0 Very likely



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