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Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 02:39:28 UTC

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
Tokyo, Japan 2.73 0:41.3 2:40:12.3Pn
Beijing, China 20.13 4:30.5 2:44:01.5P
Agana, Guam 24.18 5:12.5 2:44:43.5P
Anchorage, Alaska 47.47 8:30.7 2:48:01.7P
Kathmandu, Nepal 48.19 8:36.3 2:48:07.3P
Honolulu, Hawaii 53.90 9:19.2 2:48:50.2P
Brisbane, Australia 65.5810:39.6 2:50:10.6P
Seattle, Washington 66.6110:46.2 2:50:17.2P
Moscow, Russia 67.0710:49.1 2:50:20.1P
San Francisco, California 71.8911:18.9 2:50:49.9P
Bergen, Norway 76.1011:43.5 2:51:14.5P
Los Angeles, California 76.8011:47.5 2:51:18.5P
Phoenix, Arizona 81.2312:11.7 2:51:42.7P
Golden, Colorado 81.3212:12.2 2:51:43.2P
Duluth, Minnesota 82.9612:20.8 2:51:51.8P
Albuquerque, New Mexico 83.5912:24.0 2:51:55.0P
Wellington, New Zealand 84.0212:26.2 2:51:57.2P
London, England 85.3012:32.7 2:52:03.7P
Wichita, Kansas 87.0912:41.4 2:52:12.4P
Rome, Italy 88.5012:48.1 2:52:19.1P
St. Louis, Missouri 90.0812:55.5 2:52:26.5P
Ottawa, Canada 90.5912:57.9 2:52:28.9P
Bangor, Maine 93.3413:10.6 2:52:41.6P
Knoxville, Tennessee 94.7013:16.8 2:52:47.8P
Boston, Massachusetts 94.8713:17.6 2:52:48.6P
New York, New York 95.3213:19.6 2:52:50.6P
Philadephia, Pennsylvania 95.5613:20.7 2:52:51.7P
Brownsville, Texas 95.6113:21.0 2:52:52.0P
Washington, D.C. 95.7613:21.7 2:52:52.7P
Mexico City, Mexico 99.1713:36.9 2:53:07.9Pdiff
Nairobi, Kenya 102.8713:53.3 2:53:24.3Pdiff
Miami, Florida 105.4814:04.9 2:53:35.9Pdiff
San Juan, Puerto Rico 118.1915:01.3 2:54:32.3Pdiff
Lima, Peru 136.7816:23.8 2:55:54.8Pdiff
Palmer Station, Antarctica 146.4519:34.6 2:59:05.6PKPdf

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

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