Latest earthquakes near Papua New Guinea today

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List of latest earthquakes near Papua New Guinea.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Mar 1, 2024 21:37
(Port Moresby)
M 4.8 192 km NE
from Lae
Feb 28, 2024 02:05
(Port Moresby)
M 4.9 94 km SSE
from Popondetta
Feb 28, 2024 00:27
(Port Moresby)
M 4.8 104 km SE
from Kokopo
Feb 25, 2024 13:22
(Port Moresby)
M 4.4 196 km SE
from Kokopo
Feb 25, 2024 09:29
(Port Moresby)
M 5.0 60 km W
from Mendi
Feb 24, 2024 10:37
(Port Moresby)
M 4.2 76 km SSW
from Kokopo
Feb 24, 2024 08:06
(Port Moresby)
M 4.2 118 km WSW
from Kimbe
Feb 23, 2024 01:01
(Bougainville)
M 4.4 132 km WNW
from Arawa
Feb 22, 2024 17:35
(Port Moresby)
M 4.4 62 km SW
from Kokopo
Feb 22, 2024 14:16
(Port Moresby)
M 5.4 82 km WSW
from Kokopo
Feb 20, 2024 11:02
(Port Moresby)
M 4.0 105 km SE
from Kokopo
Feb 19, 2024 18:47
(Port Moresby)
M 5.1 119 km ESE
from Kokopo
Feb 18, 2024 16:11
(Port Moresby)
M 4.3 152 km NNE
from Lae
Feb 17, 2024 14:39
(Port Moresby)
M 4.5 143 km N
from Lae
Feb 16, 2024 12:51
(Port Moresby)
M 4.1 285 km W
from Wewak
Feb 16, 2024 11:31
(Port Moresby)
M 4.4 47 km E
from Wewak
Feb 14, 2024 23:11
(Bougainville)
M 4.6 215 km W
from Arawa
Feb 14, 2024 05:13
(Port Moresby)
M 5.1 65 km SE
from Kokopo
Feb 10, 2024 03:11
(Bougainville)
M 4.6 194 km W
from Arawa
Feb 9, 2024 08:10
(Bougainville)
M 4.6 213 km W
from Arawa
Feb 9, 2024 06:46
(Port Moresby)
M 4.2 59 km SW
from Madang
Feb 9, 2024 02:00
(Port Moresby)
M 4.6 161 km ESE
from Kimbe
Feb 9, 2024 01:00
(Bougainville)
M 4.5 238 km W
from Arawa
Feb 7, 2024 02:45
(Port Moresby)
M 4.4 189 km ESE
from Kimbe
Feb 5, 2024 22:02
(Port Moresby)
M 4.4 150 km N
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:
829 Yearly
Within 300 km, Mag 4+, last 10 years
Latest Earthquake:
Mag 4.8
Mar 1, 2024 21:37

Average

A total of 8298 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 829 earthquakes per year, or 69 per month. On average an earthquake will hit near Papua New Guinea roughly every 10 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 7121 85.82%
Mag. 5 1077 12.98%
Mag. 6 86 1.04%
Mag. 7 14 0.17%
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
Sep 11, 2022 09:47
(Port Moresby)
M 7.6 72 km NW
from Lae
May 14, 2019 22:58
(Port Moresby)
M 7.6 49 km NE
from Kokopo
May 5, 2015 11:44
(Port Moresby)
M 7.5 132 km SSW
from Kokopo
Apr 19, 2014 23:28
(Bougainville)
M 7.5 84 km SW
from Arawa
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 7, 2015 18:10
(Bougainville)
M 7.1 156 km SW
from Arawa
Apr 11, 2014 17:07
(Bougainville)
M 7.1 70 km SW
from Arawa

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 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit near Papua New Guinea on the evening of March 1, 2024 at 21:37 local time (Pacific/Port_Moresby). The center of this earthquake was located 192km north-east of Lae at a depth of 194km under water in the Bismarck 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, 8298 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from Papua New Guinea. This averages to 830 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 11 hours.