Magnitude 6.9 & 7.3 quake in the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea

Last updated: 2018-03-26 (84) 17:50:55 UTC

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The Anza group at the University of California San Diego operates a broadband seismograph network consisting of 17 three component broadband seismograph stations centered near Anza, California (see map).

On Sunday July 18 2010 at 6:04 AM (PDT) and 6:35 AM (PDT) we recorded earthquakes (preliminary Mw 6.9 and Mw 7.3 respectively) located in the New Britain region, Papua New Guinea.

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Initial source parameters for these tremors are indicated below. The epicentral distance (i.e. the distance separating the Mw 7.3 epicenter and the closest station in the recording network) for Anza is 10471 km (94.08 degrees).

This map shows the mainshock as a red star. Associated preshocks are orange stars. Anza network stations are yellow triangles. Blue lines are major rivers. Thin black lines are state boundaries and thick black lines are national boundaries.

Event Map

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Event Parameters

Latitude Longitude Origin time (UTC) Origin time (PDT) Depth (km) Mw Author
-6.1160 150.5220 07/18/10 (199) 13:04.13 07/18/10 (199) 6:04 AM 57.5 6.9 QED
-6.0190 150.4970 07/18/10 (199) 13:35.03 07/18/10 (199) 6:35 AM 57.6 7.3 QED

* The location and magnitude determined for this event are preliminary and are subject to change upon further review of seismic data.

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We operate a broadband station on Mt. Soledad. At 06:17 (PDT) and then 06:48 (PDT) station SOL recorded the P waves from these events. Here is a view of those events as picked by our analyst. A red P indicates a P wave arrival, a red S indicates an S wave arrival.

3 component seismometer recordings at Soledad

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