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Moderate earthquake, 5.2 mag strikes near Taron in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -4.3056S, 152.9092WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.2 (ml/mb) was detected on Thursday, 22 kilometers (14 miles) from Taron in Papua New Guinea. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 31.57 km (20 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was picked up at 02:19:48 / 2:19 am (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has been issued near Taron in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude 152.9092° East, latitude -4.3056° South, depth = 31.57 km. Id of earthquake: us10006ref. Event ids that are associated: us10006ref. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 21/09/16 / 2016-09-21 16:19:48 / September 21, 2016 @ 4:19 pm.

Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Epicenter of the earthquake was 72 km (45 miles) from Kokopo (c. 26 300 pop), 83 km (51 miles) from Rabaul (c. 8 100 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Rabaul, Kokopo (min 5000 pop).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. Every year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days five and in the last 365 days sixty-six earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.

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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. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 22 km NW of Taron, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 152.9092° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -4.3056° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 31.57 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 22km NW 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 2016-09-21 16:19:48 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-09-21 16:38:50 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 416 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 0.752 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.75 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 74 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 us10006ref Id of event.
Event Code 10006ref An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10006ref, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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