Papua New Guinea just Picked up a 7.1 quake.
Update: New Zealand just got 3 quakes
One a 5.9, so I’m adding a N.Z. close up map at the top here
I’ve put the 5.9 details in a comment down below.
The Original PNG post
Magnitude 7.1 – EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
2011 December 14 05:04:57 UTC
This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 05:04:57 UTC
Wednesday, December 14, 2011 at 03:04:57 PM at epicenter
Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
Location 7.518°S, 146.767°E
Depth 121.2 km (75.3 miles)
Region EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Distances 89 km (55 miles) SSW of Lae, New Guinea, PNG
123 km (76 miles) ENE of Kerema, New Guinea, PNG
221 km (137 miles) NNW of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2308 km (1434 miles) NNW of BRISBANE, Queensland, Australia
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12.9 km (8.0 miles); depth +/- 6.2 km (3.9 miles)
Parameters NST=470, Nph=482, Dmin=212.6 km, Rmss=0.76 sec, Gp= 11°,
M-type=”moment” magnitude from initial P wave (tsuboi method) (Mi/Mwp), Version=9
Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usc00076e5
No Tsunami warning yet, but as this is an island, I’d not be going near a Pacific Ocean beach for a while.
ABC is reporting this as a 7.3, so USGS is still figuring out the final size on it.
A strong earthquake struck the South Pacific island nation of Papua New Guinea on Wednesday. There are no immediate reports of damage or injuries and no tsunami alert has been issued.
The U.S. Geological Survey says the magnitude-7.3 quake struck on Wednesday 54 miles (87 kilometers) southwest of Lae, on the country’s northern coast. The quake hit at a depth of 71 miles (115 kilometers).
The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center did not issue a tsunami alert.
Asia and Russia
Australia / New Zealand
This is a live map of the Australia / Indonesia / New Zealand area:
Here is one captured just after the event for comparison:
And remember, I have a dedicated CSZ page with closeups
Action Closer to Me
As I live in California, it makes it easier for me if I keep them in the list where I can see what’s shaking near me.
Here is an alternative view of things with the fault lines highlighted:
Map of Plates
You can see it is where plates collide here:
Some Volcano Stuff
http://pangea.stanford.edu/~dsinnett/Pages/Links.html has a nice collection of links to volcano monitor pages. Just click the pictures for the different volcano observatories.
The Smithsonian page: