Earthquake Activity in Papua New Guinea Continues at a Steady Rate

Moderate to strong earthquake activity that commenced near New Britain, Papua New Guinea early last week has continued at a steady rate.

Since Saturday, New Zealand time, there have been an additional four 5th magnitude and two 6th magnitude earthquakes in the area. This brings the total number of earthquakes of magnitude 5 or greater in the Papua New Guinea area since November 6th, 2006 to eleven.

The fifteen significant earthquakes that have been reported in the area by the US Geological Survey since November 6th (New Zealand time) are:

Nov 14th
mag 6.0, 30 km deep, 150 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Nov 13th
mag 5.3, 124 km deep, 150 km ENE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 6.2, 36 km deep, 120 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Nov 12th
mag 5.2, 38 km deep, 175 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 5.1, 54 km deep, 155 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 5.9, 52 km deep, 170 km WSW of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Nov 11th
mag 4.8, 50 km deep, 75 km ESE of Arawa, Bougainville, PNG

Nov 9th
mag 4.6, 46 km deep, 155 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Nov 8th
mag 4.9, 10 km deep, 175 km ESE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 5.0, 10 km deep, 165 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 5.1, 28 km deep, 155 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 6.5, 10 km deep, 145 km southeast of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 4.7, 10 km deep, 175 km ESE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Nov 7th
mag 5.2, 67 km deep, 115 ESE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
mag 5.8, 112 km deep, 85 km ESE of Madang, PNG

[Compiled from data supplied by the US Geological Survey and its contributing agencies.]

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