Earthquake Bulletin: New Britain Region, Papua New Guinea (November 17, 2000)


The following is a release by the United States Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: A great earthquake occurred IN THE NEW IRELAND REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA about 20 miles (30 km) north northeast of Rabaul, New Britain at 9:54 PM MST today, Nov 15, 2000 (Nov 16 at 2:54 PM local time in Papua New Guinea). A PRELIMINARY MAGNITUDE OF 8.0 WAS COMPUTED FOR THIS EARTHQUAKE. The magnitude and location may change slightly as additional data are received from other seismograph stations. No reports of damage or casualties have been received at this time; however, this earthquake may have caused substantial damage and casualties due to its location and size.

Fifth report:
00/11/17 21:01:56 UTC 5.49S 151.66E Depth: 33.0 km 7.3Mw NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.