Papua New Guinea – 2 earthquakes strike near New Britain’s Kimbe

Kimbe Bay @

Kimbe Bay @

Earthquake Report comment :
Only 15 km from Kimbe, with a population of more then 18,000 inhabitants, one of the major cities on the island.
Kimbe is a modern city with concrete buildings, which makes these constructions vulnerable if not build with earthquake proof methods. This explains our orange “moderate risk” label.

At 22:35 (10:35 PM) another shallow earthquake struck the same area (distance of 40 km from Kimbe). Although not very powerful, these kind of shallow quakes near modern towns in third world countries can create a lot of damage.

Kimbe is the capital of the province of West New Britain in Papua New Guinea. It is a port town on the great Kimbe Bay which boasts more than 60 percent of the coral species of the entire Indo-Pacific. The bustling town of Kimbe is the third largest port in Papua New Guinea and is the fastest growing city in the South Pacific. Accommodation in Kimbe is readily available in many high-class resorts and hotels, as well as many budget guesthouses and motels dribbled along the province.

Kimbe Bay is set in a tropical setting with coral reefs and live-aboard diving expeditions that attract tourists world-wide. Active volcanic cones encircle Kimbe Bay on the island of New Britain.
Blue-eyed cockatoos and the world’s largest moths fill the air, while bandicoots and wallabies share the landscape with one of the world’s greatest number of orchids. (Some text courtesy Wikipedia)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.1 and Mb 5.0
Monday, August 30, 2010 at 10:39:00 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 33 km (Mb 5.1)
Geo-location(s) :
15 km (10 miles) WSW of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG (Mb 5.1)

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

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  1. […] M 5.0      2010/08/30 12:35   Depth 10.0 km NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA New earthquake in the same area than 12 hours earlier. At a little more distance from Kimbe, but sha… […]

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