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Light earthquake, 4.6 mag has occurred near Taron in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -4.7321S, 152.6284WA light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) has occurred on Sunday, 53 kilometers (33 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 152.6284 East, latitude -4.7321 South, depth = 48.91 km. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 48.91 km (30 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). All ids that are associated to the event: us10003kew. Unique identifier: us10003kew. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 18:04:34 / 6:04 pm (local time epicenter). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 20/09/15 / 2015-09-20 08:04:34 / September 20, 2015 @ 8:04 am.

Epicenter of the event was 59 km (36 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop), 78 km (49 miles) from Rabaul (c. 8 100 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Rabaul, Kokopo.

There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days two hundred and fourteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 53 km WSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 152.6284° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.7321° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 48.91 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 53km WSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2015-09-20 08:04:34 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2015-10-16 05:57:25 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 0 The total number of felt reports
CDI 1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 326 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0.709 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.65 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 98 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10003kew Id of event.
Event Code 10003kew An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10003kew, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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