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Light earthquake, 4.2 mag was detected near Taron in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -6.0879S, 153.0729WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Friday, 179 km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea (111 miles). The 4.2-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 09:20:45 / 9:20 am (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 21/01/16 / 2016-01-21 23:20:45 / January 21, 2016 @ 11:20 pm. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 153.0729 East, latitude -6.0879 South, depth = 92.73 km. The epicenter was at a depth of 92.73 km (58 miles). Unique identifier: us20004usm. Ids that are associated to the event: us20004usm. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

In the past 24 hours, there have been eight, in the last 10 days eight, in the past 30 days thirteen and in the last 365 days one hundred and fourty-eight earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. There are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world each year. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.

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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: 179 km S of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.0729° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.0879° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 92.73 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 179km S 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 2016-01-21 23:20:45 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-02-12 00:45:20 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 271 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 2.09 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.85 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 168 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 us20004usm Id of event.
Event Code 20004usm An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20004usm, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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