2010 New Britain earthquakes

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2010 New Britain earthquake
2010 New Britain earthquakes is located in Papua New Guinea
2010 New Britain earthquakes
Date 18 July 2010 (2010-07-18)
13:35:02 UTC
Magnitude 7.3 Mw
Depth 57.6 kilometres (35.8 mi)
Epicenter 6°01′08″S 150°29′49″E / 6.019°S 150.497°E / -6.019; 150.497Coordinates: 6°01′08″S 150°29′49″E / 6.019°S 150.497°E / -6.019; 150.497
Areas affected Papua New Guinea
Max. intensity VII
Tsunami no
Casualties none [1]

On July 18, 2010 a 7.3 magnitude earthquake[2] occurred in New Britain, Papua New Guinea. This quake was the second in a series of two major earthquakes to hit New Britain on July 18, the first one measuring magnitude 6.9.[3] A tsunami warning was issued but later lifted.[4] Some houses in the area of the earthquake were reported collapsed.[5]

Another strong earthquake struck New Britain on August 4, 22:01:45 UTC (8:01:45 am local time), measuring magnitude 7.0 at a depth of 54 km (33.6 mi). The maximum Mercalli intensity of the August earthquake was also VII.[6]

Aftershocks[edit]

Three aftershocks above magnitude 5 struck the area, the strongest at M5.3.[7][8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Turk, National (19 July 2010). "Two earthquakes hits Papua New Guinea on Sunday". National Turk. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS. "Magnitude 7.3 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA". Earthquake Hazards Program. United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  3. ^ Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS. "Magnitude 6.9 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA". Earthquake Hazards Program. United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 21 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Reuters, National Post (July 18, 2010). "Quakes hit Papua New Guinea, tsunami warning lifted". National Post. Archived from the original on 20 July 2010. Retrieved 18 July 2010. 
  5. ^ Bai, Stanis (19 July 2010). "Reports of some damage following earthquakes in PNG’s New Britain". Radio New Zealand International. Retrieved 19 July 2010. 
  6. ^ Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS. "Magnitude 7.0 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA". Earthquake Hazards Program. United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 21 August 2010. Retrieved 4 August 2010. 
  7. ^ Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS. "Magnitude 5.1 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA". Earthquake Hazards Program. United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. [dead link]
  8. ^ Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS. "Magnitude 5.0 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA". Earthquake Hazards Program. United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. [dead link]
  9. ^ Earthquake Hazards Program, USGS. "Magnitude 5.3 - NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA". Earthquake Hazards Program. United States Geological Survey. Archived from the original on 22 July 2010. Retrieved 19 July 2010. [dead link]