Magnitude 7.9 – 41km WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea – January 22, 2017

January 22, 2017 by

USGS Event Page
Magnitude 7.9
41km WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea
2017-01-22 04:30:23 UTC
6.214°S   155.122°E
136.0 km depth

USGS Tectonic Summary:
The January 22nd, 2017, M 7.9 earthquake west of Panguna, Papua New Guinea, occurred as the result of reverse faulting at an intermediate depth (~150 km) beneath the island of Bougainville (North Solomons). At the location of the earthquake, the Australia plate is converging with and subducting beneath the Pacific plate in an east-northeast direction at a rate of approximately 103 mm/yr.
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Magnitude 6.5 – 67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands – January 19, 2017

January 20, 2017 by

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2017-01-19 23:04:20 UTC
Magnitude 6.5
67km W of Kirakira, Solomon Islands
-10.386°S   161.308°E
29.9 km depth

Seismotectonics of the Eastern Margin of the Australia Plate

USGS “The eastern margin of the Australia plate is one of the most sesimically active areas of the world due to high rates of convergence between the Australia and Pacific plates.”
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Magnitude 5.4 – 43km S of Guisa, Cuba – January 17, 2017

January 17, 2017 by

USGS Event Page
2017-01-17 09:08:02 (UTC)
Magnitude 5.4
43km S of Guisa, Cuba
19.862°N   -76.594°W
Depth  11 km
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