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Light earthquake, 4.6 mag was detected near Lae in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -5.9826S, 146.654WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) was reported 89 kilometers (55 miles) from Lae in Papua New Guinea on Thursday. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 146.654 East, latitude -5.9826 South, depth = 10 km. Unique identifier: us20005fm2. Ids that are associated to the event: us20005fm2. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 07:43:59 / 7:43 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 30/03/16 / 2016-03-30 21:43:59 / March 30, 2016 @ 9:43 pm. The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles).

Close country/countries, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop) (That might be effected). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Kainantu, Lae. The epicenter was 90 km (56 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop), 94 km (58 miles) from Kainantu (c. 8 500 pop).

Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been four, in the last 10 days six, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days sixty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home 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: 89 km NNW of Lae, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 146.654° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.9826° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 89km NNW of Lae, 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 2016-03-30 21:43:59 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-04-23 02:40:59 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 326 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 3.436 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.81 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 46 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 us20005fm2 Id of event.
Event Code 20005fm2 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20005fm2, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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