Powerful earthquake near coastal villages in Papua New Guinea

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Earthquake Report comment :
Heavy earthquake at the southern part of New Britain and on top of the Subduction zone near Atua, Ablingi, Awio and Kalagen, all hamlets at the sea.
NO Tsunami report has been issued by NOAA nor by GDACS.
Although Papua New Guinea has a lot of experience with heavy earthquakes, Earthquake-Report.com calls this earthquake moderately dangerous for damage and injuries.
The hamlets specified above will experience a VI MMI shaking = strong shaking. Most of the houses will have been build in wood and bamboo.

Based on our experiences, it will take a very long time before we will receive news. As there are no roads in the area, eventual rescue teams mostly reach the villages by walking ! PNG, one of the poorest nations in the world,  does not have enough equipment to do it otherwise, a shame for the international community. P.N.G. experiences regular heavy to very heavy earthquakes and almost nobody cares about it !

M 5.7 Papua New Guinea, New Britain earthquake - Distance epicenter to the coast : 15 km (10 miles)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 5.7
Monday, November 01, 2010 at 02:38:49 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 7 km
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Geo-location(s) :
15 km (10 miles) S of many coastal villages
70 km (45 miles) ESE of Kandrian, New Britain, PNG
90 km (55 miles) S 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 Pager map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

* 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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Earthquake list with an uncertain end …

seismograph - recording“Earthquake Report” considers the earthquakes listed below as potentially dangerous for damage, injuries and victims, but was unable to find out the final results.
Such earthquakes have to be classified in 2 categories.
a) Poor nations with a multitude of earthquakes like Papua New Guinea. These countries only have limited resources to access the epicenter area as well as limited Search And Rescue possibilities.  Mostly they are concentrating on the bigger cities and the axes with roads, infrastructure, etc.
International press can get in if they want, but almost nobody in the developed world is making this a priority, so they stay away and nobody talks about it anymore, even when there is a lot of damage.
b) Politically closed nations with almost none to very limited international press admittance.  The reports out of the earthquake area are many times confusing. Talking about 30% of the houses damaged and nobody injured is unlikely, especially if nobody else may visit the area.  Such a behavior is from the cold war era, not from the 21th century.

The most recent events will be above. Links are heading to the detailed page.

You can contribute to the emptying of this list by sending us a trustful report on these earthquakes (use the comment form).

Kyrgyztan – M 5.2 – Dangerous shallow  earthquake near the Tajikistan border
Reason : scarcely populated area with only a limited number of small villages.

China (Tibet) – M 5.0 – Moderate but dangerous earthquake rattles the Tibetan Himalaya
Reason : A remote Himalayan region. The earthquake comes at the same period than the devastating landslides with at least +1000 fatalities. Media coverage was only focused on the landslides (understandable)

Pakistan – M 5.0 – moderate but very dangerous shallow earthquake in Baluchistan
Reason : A remote Baluchistan area. The earthquake comes at the same period than the devastating floods with at least +2000 fatalities.  Worldwide media coverage was only focused on the incredible and catastrophic floods.

M 7.0      2010/08/04 22:01  Depth 44 km      NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Reason : Epicenter area too far away from everything.  No roads for at least 50 km from the epicenter and a beautiful but impregnable jungle with steep hills and mountains. PNG has not enough equipment to reach these tribal areas. Instead of sending a few helicopters to overfly the area, they send personnel by feet. These inspections will take days to reach and area and days to return to Andria or Kimbe.

M 5.3      2010/07/31 10:23   Depth 22 km      SOUTHERN IRAN
Reason : Iran is a politically very closed area. Few reporters from outside Iran are present and stay mostly in the capital Tehran. A very poor (state controlled) coverage of regional occurrences. Reports about this earthquake were very limited with a conflicting content.

M 4.4      2010/07/30 17:20   Depth 17 km      NORTHERN IRAN
Reason : Iran is a politically very closed area. Few reporters from outside Iran are present and stay mostly in the capital Tehran. A very poor (state controlled) coverage of regional occurrences. Reports about this earthquake were very limited with a conflicting content.

Earthquakes list August 9, 2010

Useful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes  in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity.
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes without or with little damage risk.  In most cases these earthquakes have a Magnitude smaller than M 5.0 OR earthquakes with an hypocenter (depth) of more than 100 km OR earthquakes up to M 5.9 with an epicenter far away from populated areas.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

M 5.4      2010/08/09 22:21:44 Depth 32 km    ANDAMAN ISLANDS, INDIA REGION
M 5.2      2010/08/09 20:25:53 Depth 27 km TONGA
M 5.0       2010-08-09   20:11:47  Depth 642 km  MORO GULF, MINDANAO, PHILIPPINES (Aftershock)
M 4.6       2010-08-09   15:24:53    Depth 48 km NEW BRITAIN REGION, Papua New Guinea (aftershock)
M 5.1      2010/08/09 12:13:44   Depth  34 km  ARAUCANIA, CHILE
M 4.4      2010/08/09 07:14:46 Depth 35 km   EASTERN XIZANG, Tibet, China (aftershock)
M 4.2      2010/08/09 04:32:19 Depth 10 km     SOUTH OF PANAMA
M 5.2      2010/08/09 03:34:16 Depth 595 km  JAVA, INDONESIA
M 5.0      2010/08/09 02:54:52 Depth 53 km   EASTERN XIZANG, Tibet, China

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.

Earthquakes list August 5, 2010

This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes  in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes less than Magnitude 5.0 OR earthquakes with an hypocenter (depth) of more than 100 km OR earthquakes up to M 5.9 with an epicenter far away from populated areas.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

M 5.2      2010/08/05 20:35:51 Depth 38 km     OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE
M 5.1      2010/08/05 19:04:05 Depth 67 km  KURIL ISLANDS, RUSSIA (Aftershock)
M 4.5      2010-08-05   18:54:18  Depth 10 km  MOROCCO
M 5.0      2010-08-05   18:17:48  Depth 33 km MYANMAR
M 4.4      2010/08/05 15:53:57 Debt 10 km NORTH OF SVALBARD (Spitsbergen)
M 4.0      2010-08-05   15:16:51 Depth 30 km SOUTHERN IRAN
M 4.0      2010/08/05 14:59:28 Depth 5 km    WYOMING, USA (Aftershock)

M 4.9      2010/08/05 12:40:28 Depth 119 km SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
M 4.3      2010/08/05 09:20:46 Depth 85 km GUERRERO, MEXICO
M 5.0      2010/08/05 08:45:28 Depth 97 km EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
M 4.7      2010/08/05 06:38:51 Depth 26 km     BIO-BIO, CHILE (aftershock)
M 5.2      2010/08/05 06:27:16 Depth 25 km      BIO-BIO, CHILE (aftershock)
M 5.7      2010/08/05 06:01:48 Depth 16 km     BIO-BIO, CHILE (aftershock of February 27)
M 5.6      2010/08/05 05:09:27 Depth 70 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (aftershock M 7.0)
M 4.7      2010/08/05 04:52:49 Depth 93  km    SOUTHERN PERU
M 4.7      2010/08/05 02:09:37 Depth 62  km    BANDA SEA, INDONESIA
M 5.1      2010/08/05 01:12:46 Depth 35  km    NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (aftershock M 7.0)
M 4.8      2010/08/05 00:04:18 Depth 5 km     WYOMING, USA
M 3.0      2010/08/05 00:04:03 Depth 5  km    WYOMING, USA

Papua New Guinea – M 5.2 – Moderate aftershock on the coast of New Britain

Earthquake Report comment :
One of the many M +5 aftershocks on the New Britain Island.
The depth of 49 km is softening the shaking, but nevertheless light shaking was experienced in the cities of Kandrian and Kimbe, damaged during the main shock om M 7.6
News from Papua New Guinea is very scarce as the country is almost entirely jungle with only local tribes living in small villages.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 02:28:22 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 50 km
Geolocation(s) :
70 km (45 miles) SSE of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG
85 km (55 miles) E 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

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