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Moderate earthquake, 5.1 mag strikes near Taron in Papua New Guinea

Earthquake location -5.6331S, 153.5318WA moderate earthquake magnitude 5.1 (ml/mb) has struck on Monday, 140 km SSE of Taron, Papua New Guinea (87 miles). Exact location of event, longitude 153.5318 East, latitude -5.6331 South, depth = 40.2 km. A tsunami warning has been issued near Taron in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The temblor was picked up at 12:50:53 / 12:50 pm (local time epicenter). All ids that are associated to the event: us200082gw. Unique identifier: us200082gw. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 40.2 km (25 miles) below the earth’s surface. Global time and date of event 19/12/16 / 2016-12-19 02:50:53 / December 19, 2016 @ 2:50 am UTC/GMT.

There are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been seven, in the last 10 days twenty-five, in the past 30 days twenty-six and in the last 365 days seventy-seven 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.

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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: 140 km SSE of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.1 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.5318° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.6331° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 40.2 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 140km SSE 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 2016-12-19 02:50:53 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-12-19 03:19:22 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 1.977 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 130 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 us200082gw Id of event.
Event Code 200082gw An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us200082gw, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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