Magnitude 5.4 Earthquake Hit in New Ireland Region, P.N.G

- Time: 2024-05-16 at 06:31:36 UTC
             2024-05-16 at 16:31:36 Port Moresby
- Location: -3.82° LAT, 151.51° LON
- Magnitude: Mww5.4
- Depth: 10 km
- Provider: USGS

Picture 1: Location of the magnitude 5.4 earthquake in New Ireland Region, P.N.G.

The earthquake occurred due to the rotational singularity (marked with a black ellipse)  present along New Ireland Region, P.N.G. region. We posted about it on May 7, 2024, and is accessible here.

Rotational singularity can occur when the fault planes are "infinitely" close to each other or the theoretically infinite shear- and normal tractions are associated with finite (micro)rotations within infinitely small regions (volumes of rocks). In practice, this happens when tectonic waves with low Cosserat lengths (generally) interact with each other within a region. Its shape can be elongated (like e.g. before the Great Noto Earthquake in Japan) or circular. 

Picture 2: Post about rotational singularity influencing earthquake triggering in New Ireland Region, P.N.G.

The earthquake occurred in an area where we announced INCREASED seismic hazard exposure (Yellow alert) in our latest weekly earthquake forecast for New Ireland Region, P.N.G. region, on May 13, 2024, available here.

Picture 3: Latest earthquake forecast for the New Ireland Region, P.N.G. region, posted on May 13, 2024.

There have been no reports of damage, injuries, or casualties as a result of the earthquake so far. No tsunami warning has been issued.


* The exact information about the magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the earthquake might be revised within the next few hours as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other data providers issue their reports.
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