ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Nueva Guinea):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-10 10:55
Magnitude: 4.3
Depth: 5.0 km
Maximum intensity: 5.7 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Karawala NI 3.8 no data available 26.1 weakly felt
La Cruz de Río Grande NI 3.1 2000 43.1 weakly felt
El Tortuguero NI 3.0 1000 48.2 weakly felt
Prinzapolka NI 2.9 no data available 49.9 barely felt
Pearl Lagoon NI 2.3 7000 76.2 barely felt
Rama NI 1.7 20000 105.5 not felt
Bluefields NI 1.6 44000 111.4 not felt
Puerto Cabezas NI 1.5 34000 120.8 not felt
Great Corn Island NI 1.5 8000 123.1 not felt
Siuna NI 1.3 16000 132.0 not felt

Current earthquake activity near Nueva Guinea:

Due to lack of data no comparison with long-term trends is possible for this region.


Since 1960, 95 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 4.3 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 1.6 earthquakes larger than M4.3 per year around Nueva Guinea. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 7.5 months (225 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Nueva Guinea and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
2005-8-3 6.3 14
2002-11-21 5.8 8
1997-11-6 5.6 117
1996-9-18 5.6 193
2000-8-13 5.5 10
1989-4-2 5.4 70
1991-7-2 5.4 33
1990-6-22 5.4 28
2005-8-3 5.3 10
2000-8-13 5.2 10

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks and glass can harm you. After the shaking stopped: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before professional savety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbours if necessary.
If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care for eldery people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbours, friends and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.