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Magnitude 7.0 Near North Coast of New Guinea, P.N.G.
1998 July 17 08:49:13 UTC

Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

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Regional Location

Magnitude 7.0
Date-Time 1998 07 17 08:49:13 UTC
Location 2.96S 141.92E
Depth 10.0 kilometers
Region Near North Coast of New Guinea, P.N.G.
Reference 80 km (50 miles) ESE of Vanimo, New Guinea, PNG
145 km (90 miles) ESE of Jayapura, Irian Jaya, Indonesia
930 km (570 miles) NW of PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea
2955 km (1840 miles) NNW of Brisbane, Australia
Location Quality Error estimate not available
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Remarks At least 2,183 people killed, thousands injured, about 9,500 homeless and about 500 missing as a result of a tsunami generated in the Sissano area. Maximum wave heights estimated at 15 meters. Several villages were completely destroyed and others extensively damaged. Maximum recorded wave heights from selected tide stations (peak-to-trough, in cm) were as follows: 40 on Miyake-jima; 30 at Tosa-Shimuzu, Shikoku; 26 at Muroto, Shikoku; 24 at Naze, Amami O-shima; 20 on Tanega-shima; 20 at Kushimoto, Honshu; 6 at Jackson Bay and 4.7 at Kaikoura, New Zealand; 5 on Yap. Felt along much of the northern Papua New Guinea coast.

The Papua, New Guinea Tsunami of 1998 July 17

NB: The region name is an automatically generated name from the Flinn-Engdahl (F-E) seismic and geographical regionalization scheme. The boundaries of these regions are defined at one-degree intervals and therefore differ from irregular political boundaries. More->


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