M 5.3 in Papua New Guinea on 26 Dec 2012 02:24 UTC
EQ parameters

Event summary

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

Earthquake Magnitude: 5.3M
Depth: 95.5 Km
Lat/Lon: -5.9601 , 147.303
Event Date: 26 Dec 2012 02:24 UTC
26 Dec 2012 12:24 Local
Exposed Population: 300000 people within 100km
Source: NEIC usc000eg10
Inserted at: 26 Dec 2012 02:43 UTC


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  Earthquake GDACS score
NEIC 0.5 1
usc000eg10 Scaled population (vector) n.a  
  C1 earthquake n.a  
  C2 earthquake n.a  
  Country Vulnerability n.a  
  INFORM_normalised n.a  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.

Episode Timeline

IDAlertScoreDateMag, DepthMMI*Population**Tsunami risk***Delay (hh:mm)Source
121623 1 26 Dec 2012 02:24 5.3M, 95.5km N/A 300 thousand 00:18 NEIC
The episode that generated the alert; the next major evaluations beyond 12 hours will not trigger additional alerts.
The episode that has the last updated information.
* The max MMI detected for sources having shakemaps;
** The population detected in MMI>=7 for episode with shakemap or in a 100km radius;
*** The tsunami max height.

Exposed population

The earthquake happened in Papua New Guinea , Province of Morobe (population 390,000) .

Radius Population
100 km 290000 people
75 km 76000 people
50 km 49000 people
20 km 16000 people
10 km 6000 people
5 km 2900 people
2 km <1000 people

Affected Provinces

Country Region Province Population
Papua New Guinea Morobe 390000 people
Papua New Guinea Madang 250000 people

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
Wasu WSU unknown 9 km
Kelanoa KNL unknown 23 km


Name LOCODE Country Distance
Finschhaven Papua New Guinea 91 km
Lae PGLAE Papua New Guinea 95 km
Dreger Harbor Papua New Guinea 99 km

More information

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