A light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was reported 42 kilometers (26 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea on Friday. Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 18/12/15 / 2015-12-18 06:16:14 / December 18, 2015 @ 6:16 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 61.98 km (39 miles) below the earth’s surface. 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: us100048sx. Unique identifier: us100048sx. Exact location, longitude 152.6995° East, latitude -4.6515° South, depth = 61.98 km. The temblor was picked up at 16:16:14 / 4:16 pm (local time epicenter).
Close country/countries, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Rabaul, Kokopo. The epicenter was 59 km (36 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop), 77 km (48 miles) from Rabaul (c. 8 100 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days six and in the last 365 days one hundred and eighty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.
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