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Mw 6.2 Earthquake, Orange alert in Papua New Guinea on 15 May 2017 13:22 UTC
GDACS Event Report - Earthquake impact

Summary

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This earthquake is expected to have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

  • Earthquake Magnitude 6.2M, Depth:10km
  • on 15 May 2017 13:22 UTC
  • 245492 people within 100km
  • inserted at 15 May 2017 14:00:05

Earthquake event

  • Magnitude: 6.2 M
  • Depth: 10 km (very shallow)
  • Area affected by light damage (estimated radius): 49 km (MMI VI)
  • Source: NEIC us10008sjn
  • Location (latitude/longitude): -4.0181, 152.4954
  • Time (UTC): 15 May 2017 13:22:38
  • Time (ECT): 15 May 2017 15:22:38

Earthquake impact details

The earthquake happened in Papua New Guinea , Province of New Ireland (population 90,000) . The nearest places are Kabakadas, Pakabong, Kabahon Mission, Kibil, Maren, Winagut, Palipal, Urakukur, Watara, Suralil, and Simbum.

Population

Population near epicenter
Radius Population
100 km 240000 people
75 km 220000 people
50 km 130000 people
20 km 13000 people
10 km <1000 people
5 km no people
2 km no people

Affected provinces

Region Province Country Population
New Ireland Papua New Guinea 90000 people

Affected Populated Places (first 100 records)

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Name Region Province Country City class Population Distance
Kabakadas New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 11 km
Pakabong New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 11 km
Kabahon Mission New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 12 km
Kibil East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 13 km
Maren East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 14 km
Winagut East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 14 km
Palipal East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 14 km
Urakukur East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 15 km
Watara East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 16 km
Suralil New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 16 km
Kabakabiui East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 17 km
Nabual East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 18 km
Kumlakor East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 18 km
Ukumaina East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 18 km
Kabapuko East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 18 km
Kabunut New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 19 km
Hitung New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 19 km
Kumaina East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 20 km
Umudu New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 21 km
Kabiatarai East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 22 km
Rakanda East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 22 km
Matakan Mission New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 23 km
Siaman New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 23 km
Ulahato New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 24 km
Utuan Number 2 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 24 km
Kerawara East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 25 km
Utuan Number 1 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 25 km
Hibaling New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 25 km
Hikan New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 26 km
Poronbus New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 27 km
Hunabore New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 27 km
Bom New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 28 km
Matandeduk New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 29 km
Barau New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 31 km
New Nabumai New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 31 km
Semalu New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 33 km
Rapito New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 35 km
Nokon New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 35 km
Nabanta New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 36 km
Kabagap East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 36 km
Rasirik New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 37 km
Samo New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 37 km
Rabuana East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Korere East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Baai East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Huris New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 38 km
Namatanai New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village4 1300 people 38 km
Tokua East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 39 km
Tavui Number 2 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 39 km
Matalau East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 39 km
Tavui Number 3 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 39 km
Reiven East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 40 km
Rapantaman New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 40 km
Watpi New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 41 km
Ulaveo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 41 km
Rabaul East New Britain Papua New Guinea City 8000 people 41 km
Kabakaul East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 41 km
Tavui Number 1 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 41 km
Takubar East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 42 km
Porabunbun New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 43 km
Rainau East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 43 km
Matupit Number 1 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 43 km
Nonga East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village4 - 43 km
Malaguna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 43 km
Taui Number 1 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Malaguna Number 1 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Kokopo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village4 25000 people 44 km
Bitalovo East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Kulon East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Labur New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 44 km
Livuan East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Vunatagia East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Karavi East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Iawakaka East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 45 km
Birar East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 46 km
Bilur East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 46 km
Taui Number 2 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 46 km
Kig New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 46 km
Vunabalbal East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 47 km
Balanataman East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 47 km
Ramale East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 47 km
Ulagunan East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 47 km
Kuraip East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 47 km
Karavia Number 1 East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Ratavul East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Korai East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Ngatur East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Warangansau New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Kapasaliao New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Pire New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 48 km
Raburua East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Tingenavadu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Kabanga East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Davaon East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Waragawsali New Ireland Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Ngunaguna East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Kabakada East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Gunanba East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 49 km
Vunairoto East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km
Vunakalkalulu East New Britain Papua New Guinea Village5 - 50 km

Critical infrastructure

Airports, ports, nuclear plants and hydrodams at risk, if affected, are listed below.

Name IATA Code Elevation (m) Usage Runway type IFR Runway Length (ft) Distance
Rakanda RAA unknown 0 17 km
Tokua 10 0 38 km
Namatanai ATN 42 0 39 km
Rabaul RAB 4 0 41 km
Manga MGP unknown 0 60 km
Lamassa LMG unknown 0 81 km
Silur SWR unknown 0 84 km
Stockholm SMP unknown 0 84 km
Name LOCODE Country Distance
Namatanai PGATN Papua New Guinea 40 km
Rabaul PGRAB Papua New Guinea 42 km
Kokopo Roadstead Papua New Guinea 43 km

Event time line

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event calculation detail

Event calculation detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km                      20km
Vulnerability
Score
Max Height(m)
 
 
Episode 1167887
1 realtime 2017-05-15 15:45:15 No people affected No people affected 0 0
  Earthquake 185748
0.54 realtime 2017-05-15 15:45:15 250 thousand 10 thousand 1.78 0
 
Episode 1167902
2 realtime 2017-05-15 16:00:14 No people affected No people affected 0 0
  Earthquake 185763
0.7 realtime 2017-05-15 16:00:14 250 thousand 10 thousand 1.78 0
 
 
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IDAlert Color Date (UTC)Mag. and depthMax Intensity (mmi*)Pop. within 100 kmTsunami risk (max height)Delay (hh:mm) Source
1167887

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km                      20km
Vulnerability
Score
Max Height(m)
Episode 1167887
1 realtime 2017-05-15 15:45:15 No people affected 0 0
  Earthquake 185748
0.54 realtime 2017-05-15 15:45:15 250 thousand 10 thousand 1.78 0
  Shakemap 2
1 realtime 2017-05-26 11:35:47 No people affected 0 0
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15 May 2017 13:22 5.8M, 10km 6.11 250 thousand 00:22 NEIC NEIC
1167902

Calculation Episode detail

Reference Id Level Score Type Date Added Population
100km                      20km
Vulnerability
Score
Max Height(m)
Episode 1167902
2 realtime 2017-05-15 16:00:14 No people affected 0 0
  Earthquake 185763
0.7 realtime 2017-05-15 16:00:14 250 thousand 10 thousand 1.78 0
  Shakemap 4
2 realtime 2017-05-26 11:35:03 No people affected 0 0
Close
15 May 2017 13:22 6.2M, 10km 6.48 250 thousand 00:37 NEIC NEIC

(*) Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale

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