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Moderate earthquake, 5.1 mag was detected near Lae in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -6.2756S, 146.5293WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) strikes 70 kilometers (43 miles) from Lae in Papua New Guinea on Tuesday. The 5.1-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 14:54:26 / 2:54 pm (local time epicenter). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us200080e0. Id of event: us200080e0. A tsunami warning has been issued near Lae in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact time and date of earthquake 13/12/16 / 2016-12-13 04:54:26 / December 13, 2016 @ 4:54 am UTC/GMT. Exact location of event, longitude 146.5293 East, latitude -6.2756 South, depth = 6.8 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 6.8 km (4 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Bulolo, Kainantu, Lae. Close country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). The epicenter was 71 km (44 miles) from Lae (c. 76 300 pop), 104 km (64 miles) from Bulolo (c. 16 000 pop), 73 km (46 miles) from Kainantu (c. 8 500 pop).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days two and in the last 365 days fourty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby. 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.

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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: 70 km NW of Lae, Papua New Guinea. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 146.5293° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.2756° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 6.8 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 70km NW 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 2016-12-13 04:54:26 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-12-13 05:45:52 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 400 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 3.171 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.12 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 43 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 us200080e0 Id of event.
Event Code 200080e0 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us200080e0, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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