Written by on . Last updated June 13th, 2024.

Under land 119 kilometer from Kimbe in Papua New Guinea, a significant MAG-5.1 foreshock occurred in the evening of Tuesday June 11th, 2024.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Papua New Guinea, 119 kilometer (74 mi) east-northeast of Kimbe in West New Britain. The center of this earthquake had an intermediate depth of 121 km.

Date and Time: Jun 11, 2024 21:09 (Port Moresby Time)
- Jun 11, 2024 11:09 Universal Time.
Location: 119 km ENE of Kimbe, West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Coordinates 5°16'15"S 151°10'41"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 13 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.086 .
Depth: 121 km (75 mi)
An intermediate depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
Tsunami's are usually caused by MAG-6.5+ earthquakes, less than 100km shallow, and with an epicenter under sea. Neither of this seems to be the case.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake may have been felt in Papua New Guinea . Kimbe in West New Britain, Papua New Guinea is the nearest significant place from the epicenter. The earthquake occurred 119 kilometer (74 mi) east-northeast of Kimbe.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
119 km (74 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Kimbe

West New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
159 km (99 mi)
NE from epicenter
Kokopo

East New Britain, Papua New Guinea.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

This is likely a foreshock

This earthquake was followed by a stronger MAG-5.2 earthquake, classifying this earthquake as a foreshock.

Overview of foreshocks and aftershocks

Classification Magnitude When Where
Foreshock
This Earthquake
M 5.1 29 mins earlier
Jun 11, 2024 21:09 (Port Moresby Time)
8 km (5 mi)
WSW from Main Shock.
Main Shock M 5.2 Jun 11, 2024 21:38
(Port Moresby Time)
-
Detected MAG2.5+ earthquakes within within 100km (62 mi), that occurred in the three days before and after the main shock.

More earthquakes coming?

Earthquakes can create aftershocks. These are generally at least 1 magnitude lower than any main shock, and as time passes the chance and strength of aftershocks decreases.

It's always adviced to be cautious of the risk of a larger shock following any significant earthquake, however this risk is fairly small. There is a roughly 94 percent change that no larger main shock will follow in the days following this earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since May 18th, 2024, when a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit 190 km (118 mi) further north-northeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.9 earthquake struck on December 17th, 2016.

In total, 287 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 13 days.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

It is very unlikely that this eartquake will cause any tsunami's. The reported magnitude is lower than the MAG-6.5 strength required to cause any earthquakes. In addition, this earthquake was not very shallow and appears to have occurred under land. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake This earthquake appears to have struck on land near a coastal area (15 km from the sea). Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of 121 km (75 mi). Earthquakes this deep in the earth are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 13/06/24 05:58 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us7000mrp4
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240611_0000138
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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