A light earthquake with magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 8 kilometers (5 miles) from Kieta in Papua New Guinea. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 11:55:55 / 11:55 am (local time epicenter). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 37.21 km (23 miles) below the earth’s surface. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, longitude 155.6206 East, latitude -6.1418 South, depth = 37.21 km. Id of earthquake: us20008jx7. Event ids that are associated: us20008jx7. Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 31/01/17 / 2017-01-31 00:55:55 / January 31, 2017 @ 12:55 am.
Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Papua New Guinea (c. 6 065 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Arawa (min 5000 pop). The epicenter was 12 km (8 miles) from Arawa (c. 40 300 pop).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days five, in the past 30 days eight and in the last 365 days fourty earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has struck near.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity 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: 8 km N of Kieta, Papua New Guinea.
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