Theoretical P-Wave Travel Times


Theoretical P-wave Travel Times

This map shows the predicted (theoretical) travel times, in minutes, of the compressional (P) wave from the earthquake location to points around the globe. The travel times are computed using the spherically-symmetric IASP91 reference earth velocity model. The heavy black lines shown are the approximate distances to the P-wave shadow zone (103 to 140 degrees).

Theoretical P-Wave Travel Times
City Distance
Travel Time
Arrival Time
Brisbane, Australia 20.37 4:34.4 3:01:03.4P
Wellington, New Zealand 31.51 6:19.6 3:02:48.6P
Agana, Guam 31.62 6:20.5 3:02:49.5P
Honolulu, Hawaii 48.12 8:37.3 3:05:06.3P
Tokyo, Japan 52.14 9:07.8 3:05:36.8P
Beijing, China 67.8210:55.6 3:07:24.6P
Anchorage, Alaska 79.8412:06.0 3:08:35.0P
San Francisco, California 82.7712:21.5 3:08:50.5P
Los Angeles, California 84.8412:32.1 3:09:01.1P
Seattle, Washington 86.2512:39.1 3:09:08.1P
Kathmandu, Nepal 86.3412:39.5 3:09:08.5P
Phoenix, Arizona 89.6612:55.4 3:09:24.4P
Palmer Station, Antarctica 94.1113:15.9 3:09:44.9P
Albuquerque, New Mexico 94.4013:17.2 3:09:46.2P
Golden, Colorado 96.2813:25.8 3:09:54.8P
Mexico City, Mexico 98.5313:35.8 3:10:04.8Pdiff
Brownsville, Texas 100.9113:46.4 3:10:15.4Pdiff
Wichita, Kansas 102.1713:52.0 3:10:21.0Pdiff
Duluth, Minnesota 106.2314:10.0 3:10:39.0Pdiff
St. Louis, Missouri 107.7814:16.9 3:10:45.9Pdiff
Knoxville, Tennessee 111.9014:35.2 3:11:04.2Pdiff
Lima, Peru 113.9214:44.1 3:11:13.1Pdiff
Miami, Florida 116.4714:55.5 3:11:24.5Pdiff
Ottawa, Canada 117.7315:01.1 3:11:30.1Pdiff
Washington, D.C. 118.0415:02.4 3:11:31.4Pdiff
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 119.2915:08.0 3:11:37.0Pdiff
Moscow, Russia 119.5215:09.0 3:11:38.0Pdiff
New York, New York 120.0015:11.1 3:11:40.1Pdiff
Boston, Massachusetts 121.7515:18.9 3:11:47.9Pdiff
Bangor, Maine 122.6315:22.8 3:11:51.8Pdiff
Nairobi, Kenya 127.5115:44.5 3:12:13.5Pdiff
Bergen, Norway 128.3015:47.9 3:12:16.9Pdiff
San Juan, Puerto Rico 129.6415:53.9 3:12:22.9Pdiff
London, England 137.6916:29.7 3:12:58.7Pdiff
Rome, Italy 140.9616:44.1 3:13:13.1Pdiff

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