Papua New Guinea – M 6.3 – Heavy but deep earthquake in Papua New Guinea’s New Britain

Earthquake Report comment :
This earthquake will NOT be dangerous because of the big depth of the hypocenter, however because of it’s  strength many people in a big radius will have felt  weak to light shaking.
60,000 people live in a radius of 100 km around the epicenter.
GDACS issued a GREEN earthquake report (see below)
Biggest risk for people and infrastructure are landslides which can be triggered after the shaking.
Local Tsunamis provoked by undersea landslides are also possible and can be devastating, however based on the satellite images from the ocean floor, we predict only a very limited chance that such a landslide will happen.
There are NO roads in the vicinity of the epicenter.
As Papua New Guinea has a very basic Disaster Department and is hit by frequent and powerful earthquakes, we do not expect to get more information on this earthquake, which is minor compared to many other earthquakes from the last several weeks.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Monday, August 16, 2010 at 01:09:31 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 192 km
Geo-location(s) :
150 km (95 miles) WNW of Kandrian, 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 historic earthquakes map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world.  GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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