Strong Magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Papua New Guinea

GDACS tsunami wave prediction May 16 2011 - max. 0.6 m

UPDATE 19:59 UTC : USGS has changed his initial data to : Magnitude 6.5 at a depth of 59 km (less dangerous than before)

UPDATE 19:57 UTC : Data from other seismological centers around the world :
EMSC : Magnitude 6.6 @ a depth of 60 km
GFZ : Magnitude 6.4 @a depth of 56 km.

A strong earthquake has hit Papua New Guinea.
Measuring M6.5 and at depth 43km. Potentially dangerous, however offshore and only a little chance of tsunami.
GDACS published a GREEN earthquake  and Tsunami alert for this earthquake = very limited chance on damage and/or injuries.
Max. expected wave heights on the Sipai, Papua coast : 0.6 m – People are used to immediately run for higher grounds if they experience a strong shaking. The coastal area is very hilly enabling people to reach higher grounds in minutes.

There are only minor populations in the Northern Solomons and local building styles are reasonably well built to withstand death from earthquakes.
2,000 people will experience a strong shaking and 75,000 people a moderate shaking
Settlements closest to the epicenter are very primitive  and have NO tarred roads.

Typically, earthquakes off Papua New Guinea islands only give reports of damage after several days, so will keep you posted.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M6.5
UTC Time : Sunday, May 15, 2011 - 18:37:10 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Monday, May 16, 2011 - 4:37:10 AM
Depth (Hypocenter) : 43.2km
Geo-location(s) :
40 km out of the Bougainville Island coast
122 km (76 miles) W (273°) from Arawa, Bougainville, 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 historic earthquakes map
USGS Seismic hazard map
USGS Shaking map
USGS Impact on Population map
GDACS GREEN earthquake report
GDACS GREEN Tsunami report

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