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Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Taron in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -4.6515S, 152.6995WA 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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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 42 km WSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 152.6995° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.6515° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 61.98 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 42km 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 2015-12-18 06:16:14 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-08 12:31:58 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 600 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 298 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 0.703 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.63 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 92 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 us100048sx Id of event.
Event Code 100048sx An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us100048sx, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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