A light earthquake magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) has struck on Saturday, 73 kilometers (45 miles) from Lae in Papua New Guinea. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 12/02/16 / 2016-02-12 15:19:01 / February 12, 2016 @ 3:19 pm. The epicenter was at a depth of 57.03 km (35 miles). Unique identifier: us20004zqm. Ids that are associated to the event: us20004zqm. Exact location of event, longitude 146.7455 East, latitude -6.1042 South, depth = 57.03 km. The temblor was reported at 01:19:01 / 1:19 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).
Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kainantu, Lae (min 5000 pop). Event epicenter was 74 km (46 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop), 99 km (62 miles) from Kainantu (c. 8 500 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop).
In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days three, in the past 30 days four and in the last 365 days sixty-four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near. 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 react? Was there any damage to buildings? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage 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: 73 km NNW of Lae, Papua New Guinea.
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