Very strong dangerous earthquake near the East coast of New Ireland, Papua New Guinea - March 8, 2018

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Update 19:19 UTC: Main earth movement based on the current focal mechanism. Image courtesy Observatoire Geoscope

Update 18:05 UTC: USGS shaking map

Update 18:03 UTC: The depth of the hypocenter (breaking point) has been updated to 40 km

Update 18:01 UTC: This earthquake will normally NOT generate Tsunami waves as the Magnitude is not powerful enough (besides a couple of exceptions, the Magnitude needs to be at least M7 of higher). Strong currents along nearby shores are always a possibility and people in New Ireland should be cautious about them. NO Tsunami advisory for the the US pacific islands.

Update 18:01 UTC: It is currently 4 AM in PNG so, most people will be sleeping

Update 17:52 UTC: Seismogram as recorded in a seismological station in Rabaul, Papua New Guinea

Update 17:51 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, earthquake-report.com calls this earthquake extremely dangerous and expects injuries and serious damage

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-03-08 17:39:49

Depth (Hypocenter) : 40 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Mar 08 22:27 4.9 68 MAP
EMSC New Britain Region, P.n.g. Mar 08 22:27 4.9 65 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Mar 08 21:56 4.7 48 MAP
EMSC New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Mar 08 21:56 4.7 48 MAP
PTWC Mar 08 17:47 7.0 0 MAP
  • Awatka - I just runout from my house. I was sleeping at that time as it was around 3:40 early in the morning. I just wakeup and run. No structural damage or human injury happened surrounding my place.
  • Kokopo - The initial shaking woke me and the intensity of the shaking increased until it was like riding in a bus plunging down a rocky road at speed. It took at least 60 seconds to get to this intensity and then the shaking faded. Many after shocks were felt.WE were surprised to find that although things had fallen from shelves, nothing was broken and everyone in the house and surrounding houses were safe and uninjured.
  • USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Mar 08 17:39 7.0 10 MAP
    USGS Taron, Papua New Guinea Mar 08 17:39 6.8 15 MAP
    USGS New Ireland Region, Papua New Guinea Mar 08 17:39 7.0 10 MAP
    GEOFON New Ireland Region, P.n.g. Mar 08 17:39 6.8 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • BOUGAINVILLE - felt eq about 60 seconds. no damage

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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