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



Earthquake location -4.5101S, 153.0076WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea. Exact time and date of earthquake 25/12/15 / 2015-12-25 08:37:55 / December 25, 2015 @ 8:37 am UTC/GMT. Exact location of earthquake, 153.0076° East, -4.5101° South, depth 72.77 km. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Id of earthquake: us10004b9m. Event ids that are associated: us10004b9m. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 72.77 km (45 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was detected at 18:37:55 / 6:37 pm (local time epicenter).

The epicenter was 84 km (52 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kokopo (min 5000 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been three, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days seven and in the last 365 days one hundred and sixteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world.

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How did you react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity 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: 5 km SSW of Taron, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.0076° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.5101° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 72.77 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 5km SSW 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 2015-12-25 08:37:55 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-10 12:06:55 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 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 0.899 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.75 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 153 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 us10004b9m Id of event.
Event Code 10004b9m An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10004b9m, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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