Latest earthquakes near Papua New Guinea today

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List of latest earthquakes near Papua New Guinea.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
May 27, 2024 12:51
(Bougainville)
M 5.3 89 km S
from Arawa
May 26, 2024 23:42
(Port Moresby)
M 4.7 262 km W
from Wewak
May 25, 2024 15:33
(Bougainville)
M 4.9 148 km WNW
from Arawa
May 25, 2024 01:51
(Port Moresby)
M 5.1 300 km N
from Kokopo
May 24, 2024 14:02
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 78 km SE
from Kimbe
May 23, 2024 14:19
(Port Moresby)
M 5.3 102 km NE
from Lae
May 23, 2024 07:00
(Port Moresby)
M 4.7 295 km NNW
from Kokopo
May 23, 2024 03:31
(Port Moresby)
M 4.3 46 km W
from Kimbe
May 22, 2024 19:28
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 52 km NNE
from Lae
May 21, 2024 23:17
(Port Moresby)
M 4.1 147 km SSW
from Kokopo
May 21, 2024 13:35
(Port Moresby)
M 5.7 59 km NE
from Lae
May 20, 2024 04:30
(Port Moresby)
M 5.3 49 km NE
from Lae
May 19, 2024 00:04
(Port Moresby)
M 5.7 57 km NNW
from Kokopo
May 18, 2024 15:54
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 180 km NW
from Mendi
May 18, 2024 15:54
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 180 km NW
from Mendi
May 16, 2024 23:20
(Port Moresby)
M 4.4 133 km SW
from Wewak
May 16, 2024 16:31
(Port Moresby)
M 5.4 102 km NW
from Kokopo
May 16, 2024 13:48
(Port Moresby)
M 5.2 160 km ESE
from Lae
May 16, 2024 14:39
(Bougainville)
M 4.4 65 km W
from Arawa
May 15, 2024 11:08
(Port Moresby)
M 4.0 192 km N
from Port Moresby
May 15, 2024 03:15
(Port Moresby)
M 5.6 11 km S
from Kimbe
May 14, 2024 21:55
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 95 km SSW
from Wewak
May 14, 2024 19:54
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 109 km ENE
from Lae
May 13, 2024 22:32
(Port Moresby)
M 5.2 212 km ENE
from Lae
May 12, 2024 22:41
(Port Moresby)
M 4.2 76 km ENE
from Lae

Map of Latest Earthquakes near Papua New Guinea

Recent Papua New Guinea Earthquake News

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Papua New Guinea Earthquake Statistics

Average Earthquakes:
785 Yearly
Within 300 km, Mag 4+, last 10 years
Latest Earthquake:
Mag 5.3
May 27, 2024 12:51

Average

A total of 7854 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or above have struck within 300 km (186 mi) of Papua New Guinea in the past 10 years. This comes down to a yearly average of 785 earthquakes per year, or 65 per month. On average an earthquake will hit near Papua New Guinea roughly every 11 hours.

A relatively large number of earthquakes occurred near Papua New Guinea in 2014. A total of 1415 earthquakes (mag 4+) were detected within 300 km of Papua New Guinea that year. The strongest had a 7.5 magnitude.

Yearly Earthquakes within 300 km (186 mi) of Papua New Guinea with a magnitude of 4 or above.

Magnitude Distribution

The table below visualizes the distribution of all earthquakes that occurred within 300km of Papua New Guinea in the past 10 years. No earthquakes with a magnitude of 8 or above have occurred near Papua New Guinea during this time. Usually, higher magnitudes are less common than lower magnitudes. Small earthquakes with a magnitude below 4 on the Richter scale have been omitted from this overview.

Earthquakes by magnitude near Papua New Guinea (past 10 years).
Magnitude Earthquakes Percentage
Mag. 4 6723 85.6%
Mag. 5 1035 13.18%
Mag. 6 84 1.07%
Mag. 7 12 0.15%
Mag. 8 0 0.0%
Mag. 9 0 0.0%
Mag. 10 0 0.0%

Strongest earthquakes near Papua New Guinea

Strongest in 10 years:
Mag 7.9
On Dec 17, 2016 20:51.
Strongest since 1900:
Mag 8.2
On May 7, 1919 05:41.

The strongest recent earthquake of the past 10 years near Papua New Guinea occurred on Dec 17, 2016 20:51 local time (Pacific/Port_Moresby timezone). It had a magnitude of 7.9 and struck 140 kilometers (87 mi) east of Kokopo, at a depth of 95 km. Discover more strong earthquakes near Papua New Guinea in the list below.

A longer time ago, a MAG-8.2 earthquake struck on May 7, 1919 05:41, 184 kilometers (114 mi) east of Kokopo. It is the strongest earthquake near Papua New Guinea in the past 124 years (Our data goes back to January 1st, 1900).

In the table below you will find the strongest earthquakes that occurred near Papua New Guinea in the past 10 years. You can use the tabs to find the heaviest historic earthquakes since the year 1900 or within a specific year or distance from Papua New Guinea.

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List of strongest earthquakes near Papua New Guinea.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Dec 17, 2016 20:51
(Port Moresby)
M 7.9 140 km E
from Kokopo
Jan 22, 2017 15:30
(Bougainville)
M 7.9 44 km W
from Arawa
May 14, 2019 22:58
(Port Moresby)
M 7.6 49 km NE
from Kokopo
Sep 11, 2022 09:47
(Port Moresby)
M 7.6 72 km NW
from Lae
Feb 26, 2018 03:44
(Port Moresby)
M 7.5 100 km W
from Mendi
Mar 30, 2015 09:48
(Port Moresby)
M 7.5 54 km SE
from Kokopo
May 5, 2015 11:44
(Port Moresby)
M 7.5 132 km SSW
from Kokopo
May 7, 2019 07:19
(Port Moresby)
M 7.1 67 km WSW
from Lae
May 7, 2015 18:10
(Bougainville)
M 7.1 156 km SW
from Arawa
Apr 3, 2023 04:04
(Port Moresby)
M 7.0 100 km SSW
from Wewak

Map of Strongest Earthquakes near Papua New Guinea

Earthquakes by region of Papua New Guinea

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Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are commonly asked in relation to earthquakes occurring near Papua New Guinea.

When was the last earthquake in Papua New Guinea?

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit near Papua New Guinea on the afternoon of May 27, 2024 at 12:51 local time (Pacific/Bougainville). The center of this earthquake was located 89km south of Arawa at a depth of 35km under water in the Solomon Sea. Check the list on our website for any earthquakes occurring near Papua New Guinea in the past hours.

What was the strongest earthquake near Papua New Guinea?

A 8.2 magnitude earthquake hit near Papua New Guinea on the night of May 7, 1919 at 05:41 local time (Pacific/Port_Moresby). The center of this earthquake was located 184km east-southeast of Kokopo at a depth of 35km under water in the South Pacific Ocean. This is the strongest earthquake that occurred near Papua New Guinea since the year 1900.

How often do earthquakes occur near Papua New Guinea?

In the past 10 years, 7854 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from Papua New Guinea. This averages to 785 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 11 hours.