A great earthquake magnitude 8 (ml/mb) has struck on Sunday, 36 kilometers (22 miles) from Arawa in Papua New Guinea. The epicenter was at a depth of 167.5 km (104 miles). A tsunami warning has been issued near Arawa in Papua New Guinea (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: at00ok5z6p, pt17022050. Id of event: pt17022050. The 8-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 15:30:24 / 3:30 pm (local time epicenter). Exact location of event, longitude 155.239 East, latitude -6.079 South, depth = 167.5 km. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 22/01/17 / 2017-01-22 04:30:24 / January 22, 2017 @ 4:30 am.
Epicenter of the event was 36 km (22 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop). Nearby country/countries, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop) (That might be effected). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Arawa (min 5000 pop).
Earthquakes 8.0 or greater can totally destroy communities near the epicenter. Every year there are an estimated 1-2 great earthquakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days seventy-nine earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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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. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 36 km WNW of Arawa, Papua New Guinea.
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