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 20.13 4:29.823:57:49.8P
Wellington, New Zealand 31.19 6:14.523:59:34.5P
Agana, Guam 31.88 6:20.623:59:40.5P
Honolulu, Hawaii 48.30 8:36.3 0:01:56.3P
Tokyo, Japan 52.44 9:07.6 0:02:27.6P
Beijing, China 68.0910:54.7 0:04:14.7P
Anchorage, Alaska 80.1312:04.9 0:05:24.9P
San Francisco, California 82.9412:19.7 0:05:39.7P
Los Angeles, California 85.0012:30.2 0:05:50.2P
Seattle, Washington 86.4712:37.5 0:05:57.5P
Kathmandu, Nepal 86.5312:37.7 0:05:57.7P
Phoenix, Arizona 89.8112:53.3 0:06:13.3P
Palmer Station, Antarctica 93.8013:11.7 0:06:31.7P
Albuquerque, New Mexico 94.5513:15.2 0:06:35.2P
Golden, Colorado 96.4513:23.8 0:06:43.8P
Mexico City, Mexico 98.5913:33.4 0:06:53.4Pdiff
Brownsville, Texas 101.0013:44.1 0:07:04.1Pdiff
Wichita, Kansas 102.3313:49.9 0:07:10.0Pdiff
Duluth, Minnesota 106.4314:08.1 0:07:28.1Pdiff
St. Louis, Missouri 107.9414:14.8 0:07:34.8Pdiff
Knoxville, Tennessee 112.0514:33.1 0:07:53.1Pdiff
Lima, Peru 113.7814:40.8 0:08:00.8Pdiff
Miami, Florida 116.5614:53.1 0:08:13.1Pdiff
Ottawa, Canada 117.9314:59.2 0:08:19.2Pdiff
Washington, D.C. 118.2115:00.4 0:08:20.4Pdiff
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 119.4615:06.0 0:08:26.0Pdiff
Moscow, Russia 119.8215:07.6 0:08:27.6Pdiff
New York, New York 120.1815:09.2 0:08:29.2Pdiff
Boston, Massachusetts 121.9415:17.0 0:08:37.0Pdiff
Bangor, Maine 122.8315:21.0 0:08:41.0Pdiff
Nairobi, Kenya 127.4915:41.7 0:09:01.7Pdiff
Bergen, Norway 128.6215:46.6 0:09:06.6Pdiff
San Juan, Puerto Rico 129.6915:51.4 0:09:11.4Pdiff
London, England 138.0116:28.3 0:09:48.3Pdiff
Rome, Italy 141.2416:42.7 0:10:02.7Pdiff

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