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Moderate earthquake 5.3 mag, 79 km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -6.9526S, 155.151WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 79 kilometers (49 miles) from Panguna in Papua New Guinea. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 155.151 East, latitude -6.9526 South, depth = 10 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). The temblor was detected at 09:23:46 / 9:23 am (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 31/01/16 / 2016-01-31 23:23:46 / January 31, 2016 @ 11:23 pm UTC/GMT. Event id: us20004w7h. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20004w7h. A tsunami warning has been issued near Panguna in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

Epicenter of the earthquake was 93 km (58 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Arawa (min 5000 pop).

There are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. In the past 24 hours, there have been two, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days nine and in the last 365 days one hundred and sixteen earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported 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, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters, Location and details about this quake, that has struck: 79 km SSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 155.151° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.9526° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 79km SSW of Panguna, 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 2016-01-31 23:23:46 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-31 23:40:44 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 1 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 432 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 4.045 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.28 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 43 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 us20004w7h Id of event.
Event Code 20004w7h An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20004w7h, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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