Nov 20, 2016

Green earthquake alert (4.6M,depth:39.39km) in Papua New Guinea at 11/20/2016 12:55:01 AM

Green Earthquake in Papua New Guinea


Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6x4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).


This earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude 4.6M, Depth:39.39km
  • 20 Nov 2016 00:55:01 UTC
  • 135591 people within 100km

Whether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event


  • Magnitude: 4.6 M
  • Depth: 39.39 km (deep)
  • Source: NEIC NEIC
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -6.262, 150.2511
  • Time (UTC): 20 Nov 2016 00:55:01
  • Time (ECT): 20 Nov 2016 01:55:01

Earthquake Impact Details

The earthquake happened inPapua New Guinea, Province of West New Britain (population 130,000). The nearest places are Kalagen (2km), Getmata (2km), Wakis (3km), Au Mission (4km), Ami (5km), and 58 more.

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected.

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Fulleborn (45km), Kandrian (77km), and Hoskins (90km). The nearest ports are Gasmata (7km), and Kimbe (79km).

The maximum altitude nearby is NaNm.

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2)
75 km 43000 people 2
50 km 17000 people 2
20 km 7100 people 5
10 km 4600 people 14



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