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 20.40 4:33.722:19:44.7P
Wellington, New Zealand 31.20 6:15.622:21:26.6P
Agana, Guam 32.06 6:23.222:21:34.2P
Honolulu, Hawaii 47.97 8:35.022:23:46.0P
Tokyo, Japan 52.53 9:09.422:24:20.4P
Beijing, China 68.2510:57.022:26:08.0P
Anchorage, Alaska 79.9212:05.122:27:16.1P
San Francisco, California 82.6112:19.422:27:30.4P
Los Angeles, California 84.6512:29.822:27:40.8P
Seattle, Washington 86.1712:37.322:27:48.3P
Kathmandu, Nepal 86.8012:40.422:27:51.4P
Phoenix, Arizona 89.4612:53.022:28:04.0P
Palmer Station, Antarctica 93.7813:13.022:28:24.0P
Albuquerque, New Mexico 94.2013:15.022:28:26.0P
Golden, Colorado 96.1113:23.722:28:34.6P
Mexico City, Mexico 98.2213:33.122:28:44.1P
Brownsville, Texas 100.6313:43.822:28:54.8Pdiff
Wichita, Kansas 101.9813:49.822:29:00.8Pdiff
Duluth, Minnesota 106.1114:08.122:29:19.1Pdiff
St. Louis, Missouri 107.6014:14.722:29:25.7Pdiff
Knoxville, Tennessee 111.7014:32.922:29:43.9Pdiff
Lima, Peru 113.4614:40.722:29:51.7Pdiff
Miami, Florida 116.1914:52.922:30:03.9Pdiff
Ottawa, Canada 117.6114:59.222:30:10.2Pdiff
Washington, D.C. 117.8715:00.322:30:11.3Pdiff
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 119.1215:05.922:30:16.9Pdiff
New York, New York 119.8515:09.122:30:20.1Pdiff
Moscow, Russia 119.9315:09.422:30:20.4Pdiff
Boston, Massachusetts 121.6115:16.922:30:27.9Pdiff
Bangor, Maine 122.5215:20.922:30:31.9Pdiff
Nairobi, Kenya 127.8715:44.722:30:55.7Pdiff
Bergen, Norway 128.6115:48.022:30:59.0Pdiff
San Juan, Puerto Rico 129.3115:51.122:31:02.1Pdiff
London, England 138.0116:29.722:31:40.7Pdiff
Rome, Italy 141.3716:44.622:31:55.6Pdiff

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