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 20.34 4:35.513:27:53.5P
Wellington, New Zealand 31.49 6:20.913:29:38.9P
Agana, Guam 31.63 6:22.213:29:40.2P
Honolulu, Hawaii 48.15 8:39.213:31:57.2P
Tokyo, Japan 52.16 9:09.613:32:27.6P
Beijing, China 67.8410:57.313:34:15.3P
Anchorage, Alaska 79.8712:07.913:35:25.9P
San Francisco, California 82.7912:23.413:35:41.4P
Los Angeles, California 84.8712:34.013:35:52.0P
Seattle, Washington 86.2812:41.013:35:59.0P
Kathmandu, Nepal 86.3412:41.313:35:59.3P
Phoenix, Arizona 89.6912:57.213:36:15.2P
Palmer Station, Antarctica 94.0913:17.513:36:35.5P
Albuquerque, New Mexico 94.4313:19.113:36:37.1P
Golden, Colorado 96.3113:27.613:36:45.6P
Mexico City, Mexico 98.5513:37.613:36:55.6Pdiff
Brownsville, Texas 100.9313:48.213:37:06.2Pdiff
Wichita, Kansas 102.2013:53.813:37:11.8Pdiff
Duluth, Minnesota 106.2514:11.813:37:29.8Pdiff
St. Louis, Missouri 107.8014:18.713:37:36.7Pdiff
Knoxville, Tennessee 111.9214:37.013:37:55.0Pdiff
Lima, Peru 113.9214:45.813:38:03.8Pdiff
Miami, Florida 116.4914:57.313:38:15.3Pdiff
Ottawa, Canada 117.7615:02.913:38:20.9Pdiff
Washington, D.C. 118.0715:04.313:38:22.3Pdiff
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 119.3215:09.813:38:27.8Pdiff
Moscow, Russia 119.5515:10.813:38:28.8Pdiff
New York, New York 120.0315:13.013:38:31.0Pdiff
Boston, Massachusetts 121.7715:20.713:38:38.7Pdiff
Bangor, Maine 122.6615:24.613:38:42.6Pdiff
Nairobi, Kenya 127.5015:46.113:39:04.1Pdiff
Bergen, Norway 128.3215:49.813:39:07.8Pdiff
San Juan, Puerto Rico 129.6615:55.713:39:13.7Pdiff
London, England 137.7216:31.513:39:49.5Pdiff
Rome, Italy 140.9816:46.013:40:04.0Pdiff

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