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Moderate earthquake, 5.3 mag has occurred near Taron in Papua New Guinea



Earthquake location -5.8474S, 153.6265WA moderate earthquake with magnitude 5.3 (ml/mb) was detected on Wednesday, 166 km SSE of Taron, Papua New Guinea (103 miles). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 24.93 km (15 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 27/12/16 / 2016-12-27 22:38:07 / December 27, 2016 @ 10:38 pm. Exact location of event, depth 24.93 km, 153.6265° East, -5.8474° South. Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10007n3n. Id of event: us10007n3n. A tsunami warning has been issued near Taron in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 5.3-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 08:38:07 / 8:38 am (local time epicenter).

In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days fourty, in the past 30 days sixty-three and in the last 365 days one hundred and seven earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures.

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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. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 166 km SSE of Taron, Papua New Guinea. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 5.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 153.6265° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -5.8474° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 24.93 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 166km 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 2016-12-27 22:38:07 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-12-27 22:54:41 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 432 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 2.197 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1.16 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 50 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 us10007n3n Id of event.
Event Code 10007n3n An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10007n3n, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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