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Strong earthquake: M6.7 quake has struck near Panguna in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -6.7S, 154.7WA earthquake with magnitude 6.7 (ml/mb) was reported 96 kilometers (60 miles) from Panguna in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. The epicenter was at a depth of 33 km (21 miles). The temblor was picked up at 02:19:16 / 2:19 am (local time epicenter). Exact location of earthquake, 154.7° East, -6.7° South, depth 33 km. A tsunami warning has been issued near Panguna in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Global time and date of event 08/02/16 / 2016-02-08 16:19:16 / February 8, 2016 @ 4:19 pm UTC/GMT. Unique identifier: at00o28lc5. Ids that are associated to the event: pt16039050, at00o28lc5.

Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Arawa (min 5000 pop). The epicenter was 107 km (67 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days four, in the past 30 days nine and in the last 365 days one hundred and twelve earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. Earthquakes 6.0 to 6.9 may cause a lot of damage in very populated areas. Each year there are an estimated 135 quakes in the world.

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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 96 km WSW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 6.7 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 154.7° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.7° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 33 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 96km WSW 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 2016-02-08 16:19:16 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-08 16:27:36 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 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 691 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network at The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,pt,at, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used 29 The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 0 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.73 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 79.2 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type Mi The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID at00o28lc5 Id of event.
Event Code 00o28lc5 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,pt16039050,at00o28lc5, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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