The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported a magnitude 4.7 quake in Papua New Guinea near Goroka, Eastern Highlands Province, only 16 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Monday 15 March 2021 at 7:52 am local time at an intermediate depth of 115 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey which listed the quake at magnitude 4.7 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kainantu (pop. 8,500) located 4 km from the epicenter, Goroka (pop. 18,500) 54 km away, and Kundiawa (pop. 9,400) 100 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you’re in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.