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Nine killed in PNG landslide: reports

 

 

 

by Staff Writers
Sydney (AFP) Nov 04, 2013


Nine people were feared dead Monday after a landslide tore through a village in Papua New Guinea’s rugged Highlands region burying homes, reports said.

Villagers were sleeping when the massive slip of earth, trees and debris crashed down a mountain side on Saturday night onto Kenagi village on the border of Eastern Highlands province, the Post Courier newspaper said.

Local councillor David Nondo said one body, of a 10-year-old boy, had been recovered but it would take days to dig up the dead from the landslide which cut the crucial Highlands Highway.

“The area is now a burial ground and we do not want people passing through at will,” Nondo told the paper.

“This means nothing — trucks, buses and passengers — are allowed to go into or drive over the area on the highway.”

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Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

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M7.2 – 110km ENE of Taron, Papua New Guinea

 2013-07-07 18:35:30 UTC

Earthquake location 3.939°S, 153.882°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-07-07 18:35:30 UTC
  2. 2013-07-08 04:35:30 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-07-07 13:35:30 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

3.939°S 153.882°E depth=378.8km (235.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 110km (68mi) ENE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
  2. 185km (115mi) ENE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  3. 311km (193mi) NW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  4. 374km (232mi) ESE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
  5. 904km (562mi) NW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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M6.6 – 29km NE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

 2013-07-07 20:30:07 UTC

Earthquake location 6.016°S, 149.721°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-07-07 20:30:07 UTC
  2. 2013-07-08 06:30:07 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-07-07 15:30:07 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.016°S 149.721°E depth=62.0km (38.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 29km (18mi) NE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
  2. 69km (43mi) SW of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  3. 312km (194mi) ENE of Lae, Papua New Guinea
  4. 336km (209mi) WSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  5. 471km (293mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

The western end of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is perhaps the most complex portion of this boundary, extending 2000 km from Indonesia and the Banda Sea to eastern New Guinea. The boundary is dominantly convergent along an arc-continent collision segment spanning the width of New Guinea, but the regions near the edges of the impinging Australia continental margin also include relatively short segments of extensional, strike-slip and convergent deformation. The dominant convergence is accommodated by shortening and uplift across a 250-350 km-wide band of northern New Guinea, as well as by slow southward-verging subduction of the Pacific plate north of New Guinea at the New Guinea trench. Here, the Australia-Pacific plate relative velocity is approximately 110 mm/yr towards the northeast, leading to the 2-8 mm/yr uplift of the New Guinea Highlands.

Whereas the northern band of deformation is relatively diffuse east of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, in western New Guinea there are at least two small (<100,000 km²) blocks of relatively undeformed lithosphere. The westernmost of these is the Birds Head Peninsula microplate in Indonesia’s West Papua province, bounded on the south by the Seram trench. The Seram trench was originally interpreted as an extreme bend in the Sunda subduction zone, but is now thought to represent a southward-verging subduction zone between Birds Head and the Banda Sea.

There have been 22 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded in the New Guinea region since 1900. The dominant earthquake mechanisms are thrust and strike slip, associated with the arc-continent collision and the relative motions between numerous local microplates. The largest earthquake in the region was a M8.2 shallow thrust fault event in the northern Papua province of Indonesia that killed 166 people in 1996.

The western portion of the northern Australia plate boundary extends approximately 4800 km from New Guinea to Sumatra and primarily separates Australia from the Eurasia plate, including the Sunda block. This portion is dominantly convergent and includes subduction at the Sunda (Java) trench, and a young arc-continent collision.

In the east, this boundary extends from the Kai Islands to Sumba along the Timor trough, offset from the Sunda trench by 250 km south of Sumba. Contrary to earlier tectonic models in which this trough was interpreted as a subduction feature continuous with the Sunda subduction zone, it is now thought to represent a subsiding deformational feature related to the collision of the Australia plate continental margin and the volcanic arc of the Eurasia plate, initiating in the last 5-8 Myr. Before collision began, the Sunda subduction zone extended eastward to at least the Kai Islands, evidenced by the presence of a northward-dipping zone of seismicity beneath Timor Leste. A more detailed examination of the seismic zone along it’s eastern segment reveals a gap in intermediate depth seismicity under Timor and seismic mechanisms that indicate an eastward propagating tear in the descending slab as the negatively buoyant oceanic lithosphere detaches from positively buoyant continental lithosphere. On the surface, GPS measurements indicate that the region around Timor is currently no longer connected to the Eurasia plate, but instead is moving at nearly the same velocity as the Australia plate, another consequence of collision.

Large earthquakes in eastern Indonesia occur frequently but interplate megathrust events related to subduction are rare; this is likely due to the disconnection of the descending oceanic slab from the continental margin. There have been 9 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded from the Kai Islands to Sumba since 1900. The largest was the great Banda Sea earthquake of 1938 (M8.5) an intermediate depth thrust faulting event that did not cause significant loss of life.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

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M6.1 – 81km SSE of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

 2013-07-04 17:16:00 UTC

Earthquake location 7.039°S, 155.644°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-07-04 17:16:00 UTC
  2. 2013-07-05 04:16:00 UTC+11:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-07-04 12:16:00 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

7.039°S 155.644°E depth=72.0km (44.7mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 81km (50mi) SSE of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 92km (57mi) S of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 478km (297mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 543km (337mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands
  5. 630km (391mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

The western end of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is perhaps the most complex portion of this boundary, extending 2000 km from Indonesia and the Banda Sea to eastern New Guinea. The boundary is dominantly convergent along an arc-continent collision segment spanning the width of New Guinea, but the regions near the edges of the impinging Australia continental margin also include relatively short segments of extensional, strike-slip and convergent deformation. The dominant convergence is accommodated by shortening and uplift across a 250-350 km-wide band of northern New Guinea, as well as by slow southward-verging subduction of the Pacific plate north of New Guinea at the New Guinea trench. Here, the Australia-Pacific plate relative velocity is approximately 110 mm/yr towards the northeast, leading to the 2-8 mm/yr uplift of the New Guinea Highlands.

Whereas the northern band of deformation is relatively diffuse east of the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border, in western New Guinea there are at least two small (<100,000 km²) blocks of relatively undeformed lithosphere. The westernmost of these is the Birds Head Peninsula microplate in Indonesia’s West Papua province, bounded on the south by the Seram trench. The Seram trench was originally interpreted as an extreme bend in the Sunda subduction zone, but is now thought to represent a southward-verging subduction zone between Birds Head and the Banda Sea.

There have been 22 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded in the New Guinea region since 1900. The dominant earthquake mechanisms are thrust and strike slip, associated with the arc-continent collision and the relative motions between numerous local microplates. The largest earthquake in the region was a M8.2 shallow thrust fault event in the northern Papua province of Indonesia that killed 166 people in 1996.

The western portion of the northern Australia plate boundary extends approximately 4800 km from New Guinea to Sumatra and primarily separates Australia from the Eurasia plate, including the Sunda block. This portion is dominantly convergent and includes subduction at the Sunda (Java) trench, and a young arc-continent collision.

In the east, this boundary extends from the Kai Islands to Sumba along the Timor trough, offset from the Sunda trench by 250 km south of Sumba. Contrary to earlier tectonic models in which this trough was interpreted as a subduction feature continuous with the Sunda subduction zone, it is now thought to represent a subsiding deformational feature related to the collision of the Australia plate continental margin and the volcanic arc of the Eurasia plate, initiating in the last 5-8 Myr. Before collision began, the Sunda subduction zone extended eastward to at least the Kai Islands, evidenced by the presence of a northward-dipping zone of seismicity beneath Timor Leste. A more detailed examination of the seismic zone along it’s eastern segment reveals a gap in intermediate depth seismicity under Timor and seismic mechanisms that indicate an eastward propagating tear in the descending slab as the negatively buoyant oceanic lithosphere detaches from positively buoyant continental lithosphere. On the surface, GPS measurements indicate that the region around Timor is currently no longer connected to the Eurasia plate, but instead is moving at nearly the same velocity as the Australia plate, another consequence of collision.

Large earthquakes in eastern Indonesia occur frequently but interplate megathrust events related to subduction are rare; this is likely due to the disconnection of the descending oceanic slab from the continental margin. There have been 9 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded from the Kai Islands to Sumba since 1900. The largest was the great Banda Sea earthquake of 1938 (M8.5) an intermediate depth thrust faulting event that did not cause significant loss of life.

More information on regional seismicity and tectonics

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Earth Watch Report  -  Volcanic  Activity

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19.06.2013 12:52 AM Island of Manam, Papua New Guinea Manam volcano Volcano Eruption 0501-02= Stratovolcano 2009 No. 0 Details

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Volcano Eruption in Papua New Guinea on Wednesday, 19 June, 2013 at 02:52 (02:52 AM) UTC.

Description
An eruption with a small ash plume was reported this morning and VAAC Darwin issued an advisory. A low level ash plume was also visible on Nasa’s Aqua Modis image at 15:45 UTC.

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Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

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M5.0 – 21km ESE of Taron, Papua New Guinea

2013-05-15 10:58:42 UTC

Earthquake location 4.546°S, 153.212°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-15 10:58:42 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 20:58:42 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-15 05:58:42 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

4.546°S 153.212°E depth=67.8km (42.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 21km (13mi) ESE of Taron, Papua New Guinea
  2. 107km (66mi) ESE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  3. 316km (196mi) NW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  4. 345km (214mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
  5. 858km (533mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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M5.2 – 105km SSE of Angoram, Papua New Guinea

 2013-05-15 23:16:49 UTC

Earthquake location 4.873°S, 144.576°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-15 23:16:49 UTC
  2. 2013-05-16 09:16:49 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-15 18:16:49 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

4.873°S 144.576°E depth=68.2km (42.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 105km (65mi) SSE of Angoram, Papua New Guinea
  2. 115km (71mi) NNE of Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea
  3. 140km (87mi) WNW of Madang, Papua New Guinea
  4. 161km (100mi) NW of Goroka, Papua New Guinea
  5. 581km (361mi) NNW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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M5.4 – 118km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

2013-05-17 08:32:39 UTC

Earthquake location 6.245°S, 154.412°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-17 08:32:39 UTC
  2. 2013-05-17 18:32:39 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-17 03:32:39 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.245°S 154.412°E depth=69.3km (43.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 118km (73mi) W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 124km (77mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 317km (197mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 478km (297mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 705km (438mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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M4.8 – 41km ENE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea

 2013-05-17 21:23:29 UTC

Earthquake location 6.134°S, 149.918°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-17 21:23:29 UTC
  2. 2013-05-18 07:23:29 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-17 16:23:29 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.134°S 149.918°E depth=65.8km (40.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 41km (25mi) ENE of Kandrian, Papua New Guinea
  2. 69km (43mi) SSW of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  3. 326km (203mi) SW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 330km (205mi) E of Lae, Papua New Guinea
  5. 474km (295mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

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 Papua New Guinea – 2 Earthquakes Registered at 4.9 and 5.7 Magnitude,  May  14th , 2013.  Total of  6 Moderate EQ’s in the last 3 days

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Papua New Guinea  -  4 Earthquakes Registered at 5.0 – 4.6 Magnitude  May  9th – 12th , 2013

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Earth Watch Report -  Earthquakes

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M4.9 140km SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea 2013-05-14 20:21:43-05:00 

Earthquake location 5.488°S, 151.686°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-15 01:21:43 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 11:21:43 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 20:21:43 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

5.488°S 151.686°E depth=41.9km (26.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 140km (87mi) SSW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  2. 171km (106mi) E of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  3. 336km (209mi) SSE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
  4. 433km (269mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  5. 662km (411mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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M5.7 26km WSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea 2013-05-14 22:36:02-05:00 

Earthquake location 4.580°S, 152.824°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-15 03:36:02 UTC
  2. 2013-05-15 13:36:02 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-14 22:36:02 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

4.580°S 152.824°E depth=69.1km (42.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 26km (16mi) WSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea
  2. 67km (42mi) ESE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  3. 316km (196mi) ENE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  4. 316km (196mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
  5. 823km (511mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

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Instrumental Intensity

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

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Papua New Guinea  -  4 Earthquakes Registered at 5.0 – 4.6 Magnitude  May  9th – 12th , 2013

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Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

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M4.8 – 134km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-05-12 08:48:32 UTC

Earthquake location 6.401°S, 154.270°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-12 08:48:32 UTC
  2. 2013-05-12 18:48:32 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-12 03:48:32 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.401°S 154.270°E depth=45.0km (28.0mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 134km (83mi) W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 141km (88mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 317km (197mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 466km (290mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 710km (441mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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M4.8 – 139km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-05-12 09:07:25 UTC

Earthquake location 6.459°S, 154.228°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-05-12 09:07:25 UTC
  2. 2013-05-12 19:07:25 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-05-12 04:07:25 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.459°S 154.228°E depth=48.1km (29.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 139km (86mi) W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 147km (91mi) W of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 318km (198mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 463km (288mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 711km (442mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

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Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

The western end of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is perhaps the most complex portion of this boundary, extending 2000 km from Indonesia and the Banda Sea to eastern New Guinea. The boundary is dominantly convergent along an arc-continent collision segment spanning the width of New Guinea, but the regions near the edges of the impinging Australia continental margin also include relatively short segments of extensional, strike-slip and convergent deformation. The dominant convergence is accommodated by shortening and uplift across a 250-350 km-wide band of northern New Guinea, as well as by slow southward-verging subduction of the Pacific plate north of New Guinea at the New Guinea trench. Here, the Australia-Pacific plate relative velocity is approximately 110 mm/yr towards the northeast, leading to the 2-8 mm/yr uplift of the New Guinea Highlands.

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M4.6 – 128km SE of Taron, Papua New Guinea

Time
2013-05-09 04:36:41-05:00
Location
5.373°S 153.751°E
Depth
64.7km

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M5.0 – 120km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea

Time
2013-05-10 17:52:45-05:00
Location
6.478°S 154.410°E
Depth
56.5km

 

 

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Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

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6.5 32km N of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-23 23:14:42 3.911°S 152.127°E 16.3

M6.5 – 32km N of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-23 23:14:42 UTC

Earthquake location 3.911°S, 152.127°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-23 23:14:42 UTC
  2. 2013-04-24 09:14:42 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-23 18:14:42 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

3.911°S 152.127°E depth=16.3km (10.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 32km (20mi) N of Rabaul, Papua New Guinea
  2. 51km (32mi) NNW of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  3. 209km (130mi) SE of Kavieng, Papua New Guinea
  4. 285km (177mi) NE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 820km (510mi) NE of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Instrumental Intensity

ShakeMap Intensity Image

Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.


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Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

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6.6 23km ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-16 22:55:27 3.218°S 142.543°E 13.0

M6.6 – 23km ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-16 22:55:27 UTC

Earthquake location 3.218°S, 142.543°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-16 22:55:27 UTC
  2. 2013-04-17 08:55:27 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-16 17:55:27 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

3.218°S 142.543°E depth=13.0km (8.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 23km (14mi) ESE of Aitape, Papua New Guinea
  2. 125km (78mi) WNW of Wewak, Papua New Guinea
  3. 150km (93mi) ESE of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 218km (135mi) ESE of Jayapura, Indonesia
  5. 858km (533mi) NW of Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

The western end of the Australia-Pacific plate boundary is perhaps the most complex portion of this boundary, extending 2000 km from Indonesia and the Banda Sea to eastern New Guinea. The boundary is dominantly convergent along an arc-continent collision segment spanning the width of New Guinea, but the regions near the edges of the impinging Australia continental margin also include relatively short segments of extensional, strike-slip and convergent deformation. The dominant convergence is accommodated by shortening and uplift across a 250-350 km-wide band of northern New Guinea, as well as by slow southward-verging subduction of the Pacific plate north of New Guinea at the New Guinea trench. Here, the Australia-Pacific plate relative velocity is approximately 110 mm/yr towards the northeast, leading to the 2-8 mm/yr uplift of the New Guinea Highlands.


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Earth Watch Report  -  Earthquakes

5.1 108km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 00:19:57 6.583°S 154.537°E 72.5

M5.1 – 108km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 00:19:57 UTC

Earthquake location 6.583°S, 154.537°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-14 00:19:57 UTC
  2. 2013-04-14 10:19:57 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-13 19:19:57 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.583°S 154.537°E depth=72.5km (45.1mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 108km (67mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 117km (73mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 352km (219mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 499km (310mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 674km (419mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

6.6 101km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 01:32:23 6.479°S 154.584°E 35.3

M6.6 – 101km W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 01:32:23 UTC

Earthquake location 6.479°S, 154.584°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-14 01:32:23 UTC
  2. 2013-04-14 11:32:23 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-13 20:32:23 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.479°S 154.584°E depth=35.3km (21.9mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 101km (63mi) W of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 109km (68mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 348km (216mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 502km (312mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 675km (419mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

4.1 102km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 03:09:27 6.778°S 154.685°E 95.7

M4.1 – 102km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 03:09:27 UTC

Earthquake location 6.778°S, 154.685°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-14 03:09:27 UTC
  2. 2013-04-14 13:09:27 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-13 22:09:27 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.778°S 154.685°E depth=95.7km (59.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 102km (63mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 112km (70mi) SW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 379km (235mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 520km (323mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 650km (404mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

4.7 109km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 09:46:36 6.573°S 154.529°E 36.1

M4.7 – 109km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 09:46:36 UTC

Earthquake location 6.573°S, 154.529°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-14 09:46:36 UTC
  2. 2013-04-14 19:46:36 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-14 04:46:36 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.573°S 154.529°E depth=36.1km (22.4mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 109km (68mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 118km (73mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 351km (218mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 498km (309mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 676km (420mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

4.4 125km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 16:10:37 6.621°S 154.389°E 73.3

M4.4 – 125km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea 2013-04-14 16:10:37 UTC

Earthquake location 6.621°S, 154.389°E

Event Time

  1. 2013-04-14 16:10:37 UTC
  2. 2013-04-15 02:10:37 UTC+10:00 at epicenter
  3. 2013-04-14 11:10:37 UTC-05:00 system time

Location

6.621°S 154.389°E depth=73.3km (45.5mi)

Nearby Cities

  1. 125km (78mi) WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
  2. 134km (83mi) WSW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea
  3. 344km (214mi) SE of Kokopo, Papua New Guinea
  4. 484km (301mi) ESE of Kimbe, Papua New Guinea
  5. 687km (427mi) WNW of Honiara, Solomon Islands

Tectonic Summary

Seismotectonics of the New Guinea Region and Vicinity

The Australia-Pacific plate boundary is over 4000 km long on the northern margin, from the Sunda (Java) trench in the west to the Solomon Islands in the east. The eastern section is over 2300 km long, extending west from northeast of the Australian continent and the Coral Sea until it intersects the east coast of Papua New Guinea. The boundary is dominated by the general northward subduction of the Australia plate.

Along the South Solomon trench, the Australia plate converges with the Pacific plate at a rate of approximately 95 mm/yr towards the east-northeast. Seismicity along the trench is dominantly related to subduction tectonics and large earthquakes are common: there have been 13 M7.5+ earthquakes recorded since 1900. On April 1, 2007, a M8.1 interplate megathrust earthquake occurred at the western end of the trench, generating a tsunami and killing at least 40 people. This was the third M8.1 megathrust event associated with this subduction zone in the past century; the other two occurred in 1939 and 1977.

Further east at the New Britain trench, the relative motions of several microplates surrounding the Australia-Pacific boundary, including north-south oriented seafloor spreading in the Woodlark Basin south of the Solomon Islands, maintain the general northward subduction of Australia-affiliated lithosphere beneath Pacific-affiliated lithosphere. Most of the large and great earthquakes east of New Guinea are related to this subduction; such earthquakes are particularly concentrated at the cusp of the trench south of New Ireland. 33 M7.5+ earthquakes have been recorded since 1900, including three shallow thrust fault M8.1 events in 1906, 1919, and 2007.

Instrumental Intensity

ShakeMap Intensity Image


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