UPDATE 16:33 UTC : As usual, not 1 word so far in the Papua (online) press about this earthquake.
We call the Papua New Guinean earthquakes the most forgotten on the planet. P.N.G. rescue services do not have enough money for a real rapid intervention funds. Often, it takes days and days by walking to reach remote communities. A few helicopters will do miraculous things in New Britain Island (it isn’t that big). Earthquake-Report.com is appealing the international community to support the P.N.G. search and rescue department, to cope with the so many powerful earthquakes.
Epicenter at the south-western side of New Britain Island.
Epicenter 67 km from Kandrian, New Britain, PNG.
The epicenter has a depth which results in a lesser impact as the Magnitude would imagine.
The epicenter area has no tarred roads and only very small coastal settlements.
As the epicenter is below the New Britain island, there is NO risk on a tsunami.
Because of the shaking and the steep slopes on the island, big landslides (who can be real killers) are always possible.
NO people are living within a radius of 10 km around the epicenter according to GDACS
3,719 people are living within a radius of 20 km around the epicenter
19,722 people are living within a radius of 50 km around the epicenter
58,901 people are living within a radius of 100 km around the epicenter
The biggest risk for this earthquake will not be the destructionÂ by the shaking, but the risk on landslides (depending on the weather conditions in the area).
Maximum computed Mercalli value will be V to VI (moderate to strong shaking).
The earthquake will, because of the depth, however be felt in a vast area in Papua New Guinea and Irian Jaya (Barat Papua).
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 6.1
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at 07:01:08 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 73.9 km
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70 km (40 miles) WNW of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
140 km (85 miles) WSW of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS impact on population map
EMSC Seismic hazard map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
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