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Light earthquake 4.2 mag, 123 km SW of Vailoatai, American Samoa



Earthquake location -15.2705S, -171.4421WA light earthquake magnitude 4.2 (ml/mb) strikes 123 km SW of Vailoatai, American Samoa (76 miles) on Thursday. Event id: us20007fkw. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us20007fkw. Exact location of earthquake, longitude -171.4421 West, latitude -15.2705 South, depth = 10 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 14/10/16 / 2016-10-14 00:44:41 / October 14, 2016 @ 12:44 am. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. The 4.2-magnitude earthquake was detected at 13:44:41 / 1:44 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist).

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. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days four earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that was reported nearby.

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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. 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: 123 km SW of Vailoatai, American Samoa.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.2 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude -171.4421° West Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -15.2705° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 123km SW of Vailoatai, American Samoa Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-10-14 00:44:41 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-11-01 02:53:07 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset -660 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 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 1.391 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.03 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 173 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 us20007fkw Id of event.
Event Code 20007fkw An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us20007fkw, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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