Mw 6.1 Bougainville Region, P.N.G.
updated 27 January 2022

On 16 January 2022 a strong earthquake occurred at Bougainville Region, P.N.G. at a depth of 409 km. The seismic event occurred at 12:52:10 UTC and had an estimated moment magnitude (Mw) 6.1.

The earthquake occurred after a high lunar peak on the 15th, which was partially due to the Moon's alignment with Mars.

Sun-Venus-Earth           2022-01-09,  0:41:37  108°25'00"
Sun-Mercury-Uranus        2022-01-10, 10:46:22   43°13'00"
Mercury-Sun-Mars          2022-01-13, 13:24:33  242°10'12"

Moon-Earth-Mars           2022-01-15,  1:44:19  262°52'07"
Moon-Earth-Venus          2022-01-16, 20:17:15  283°57'36"
					
SSGI chart
SSGI depiction of planetary (PG) and lunar (LG) geometry

atmospheric electricity
atmospheric electricity before and during the earthquake