A 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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