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Moderate earthquake 5.5 mag, 86 km WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -6.0682S, 154.7422WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.5 (ml/mb) was reported 86 kilometers (53 miles) from Panguna in Papua New Guinea on Monday. The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Panguna in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 5.5-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 06:57:50 / 6:57 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of earthquake 18/12/16 / 2016-12-18 19:57:50 / December 18, 2016 @ 7:57 pm UTC/GMT. Exact location of event, longitude 154.7422 East, latitude -6.0682 South, depth = 10 km. All ids that are associated to the event: us200082ew. Unique identifier: us200082ew.

Country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Event epicenter was 89 km (55 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop). Nearest city/cities or towns, with min 5000 pop, to epicentrum/hypocenter was Arawa.

In the past 24 hours, there have been nine, in the last 10 days twenty-eight, in the past 30 days thirty and in the last 365 days eighty-two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. 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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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. 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: 86 km WNW of Panguna, Papua New Guinea.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.5 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 154.7422° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -6.0682° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 86km WNW of Panguna, 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 2016-12-18 19:57:50 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-12-18 20:14:55 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 5.55 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 465 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 3.173 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.72 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 98 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 us200082ew Id of event.
Event Code 200082ew An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us200082ew, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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